A pair of teams from the Mountain West lock up in a crossover matchup looking for a victory out in the Rocky Mountains. The Fresno State Bulldogs are on the road as they make the trip to face the Air Force Falcons Saturday night. Fresno State was off last week: they defeated New Mexico State 30-17 on the road in their previous contest on September 28. Air Force was defeated 34-25 on the road by Navy in their previous contest last Saturday. The Falcons lead the all-time series 6-3 and have taken the last two meetings, including a 31-21 road win in the last matchup on October 28, 2016.
Fresno State Bulldogs Seek Third Straight WinFresno State had last week off, giving them an extra week to prepare for the Air Force triple option. The Bulldogs are in search of a third straight win and to climb above .500 on the season. Fresno State bolted to a 24-0 lead late in the first half and held off a New Mexico State rally to earn the win. The Bulldogs had a 386-315 edge in total offense, a slight 18-17 advantage in first downs and dominated time of possession by a 36:01 to 23:59 margin. Fresno State forced three turnovers, including a pick-six, while committing only one turnover in the game.
The Bulldogs are 55th in the nation in passing offense with 254.3 yards per game while the team is 65th in rushing offense with 161.8 yards per contest. Fresno State is 64th in the FBS in scoring offense with 30.5 points per game and stand 66th in scoring defense by allowing 26.5 points per contest. Jorge Reyna has completed 91 of 146 passes for 1,017 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions this season: he is second on the team with 105 rushing yards and a score. Josh Hokit misfired on his lone pass attempt: he has run the ball 26 times for 116 yards and three scores. Ronnie Rivers leads the team with 53 carries for 208 yards and a touchdown while Jalen Cropper (10 carries, 161 yards, TD) has contributed as well. Zane Pope leads the team with 18 catches for 195 yards this season. Rivers (12 receptions, 77 yards, two TD), Derrion Grim (12 catches, 203 yards, two TD) and Chris Coleman (nine grabs, 158 yards, TD) are next in line. Cesar Silva has hit all 12 extra point attempts and eight of 12 field goal tries with a long of 48 this season.
Air Force Falcons Look to Regroup After LossAir Force was unable to build off their win over San Jose State as they were stunned on the road against Navy. The Falcons now need to regroup and pick up the win in order to avoid falling back to .500 after what would be a third loss in their last four games. Air Force rallied from a 21-9 deficit after three quarters to lead 25-21 with 3:15 to play but gave up the winning score with 23 seconds to go. The Falcons were outgained 376-354 in the contest and gave up 16 first downs while picking up 15. Air Force did hold a 32:09 to 27:51 edge in time of possession while both teams committed three turnovers: the Falcons gave up a fumble return for a score on the game’s final play that closed the scoring.
The Falcons, as is typical of most service academy teams, are heavily skewed toward the run: the team is 124th in the nation in passing offense with 137.2 yards per game through the air and fifth in rushing by averaging 287.8 yards per contest. Air Force is 48th in the FBS in scoring offense with 32.6 points per contest while the team is 49th in scoring defense by allowing 23.6 points per game. Donald Hammond III has hit 28 of 57 passes for 574 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions while adding 212 yards and six scores on the ground. Isaiah Sanders is three of three for 71 yards this season. Kadin Remsberg is second on the team with 67 carries for 351 yards and three scores. Taven Birdow (79 attempts, team-high 378 yards, three TD) and Timothy Jackson (26 carries, 128 yards, two TD) are effective options. Geraud Sanders leads the team with 16 receptions for 335 yards plus three scores: Benjamin Waters (eight catches, 239 yards, TD) is the only other player with more than four receptions. Jake Koehnke is 15 of 19 on extra points and seven of seven on field goals with a long of 49. Tevye Schuettpetz-Rohl hit his lone extra point try and has not attempted a field goal this season.
- Bulldogs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games on grass
- Bulldogs are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game
- Bulldogs are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game
- Falcons are 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 conference games
- Falcons are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss