FINAL: FRESNO STATE 56, UNLV 27
Fresno State will be in a slightly better position after a 56-27 win over UNLV on Friday at Bulldog Stadium, making full use of five turnovers to generate a season-high in points.
Fresno State running back Josh Hokit claimed three touchdowns, coming to the end zone runs of 1, 1 and 6 yards. And fellow back Ronnie Rivers bit twice with runs of 7 and 11 yards in the Mountain West game.
Fresno State (3-3, 1-1 in the MW) were largely enduring a difficult battle again in the third quarter, but still somehow managed to get away from the Rebels, who were heading in with a win at Vanderbilt.
The Bulldogs began to get away from the Rebels when linebacker Justin Rice claimed on an 18-yard fumble return with 3:49 to head in the third quarter. Quarterback Jorge Reyna went ahead by scoring tight end Jared Rice with a 12-yard pass with 12:19 left in the fourth.
Friday night’s game presented itself with a season-low announced crowd of 26,256.
In September, Fresno State oversaw 34,790 in its home fixture against Minnesota and 31,034 versus Football Championship Subdivision opponent Sacramento State.
The Fresno State took another street smart advantage of an advancing UNLV turnover, Josh Hokit scoring his third fast touchdown, this one on a 6-yard run to out the Bulldogs up 56-20.
The Bulldogs’ defense gave away only five turnovers, the last one being an interception by safety Juju Hughes.
Mykal Walker is at the front for the Bulldogs with eight tackles, with all of them being solo stops. Walker, backfilling in at the defensive end, also has one tackle for loss and a pass division.
The first time Charles Williams lined up against Fresno State, his hometown school, there was a little something extra there. How could there not be?
The UNLV running back had rolled up big numbers at Bullard High, rushing for more than 2,000 yards and scoring 28 touchdowns in his senior season, and the Bulldogs barely gave him a look.