10:30 PM ET, November 12, 2004
Bulldog Stadium, FRESNO, CA
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Bryson Sumlin rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns, and Wendell Mathis added 176 yards and three more scores in Fresno State's 70-14 victory over Hawaii on Friday night.
Paul Pinegar, Matt Rivera and Robbie Dubois also scored rushing TDs for the Bulldogs (6-3, 3-3 WAC), who set a school record with 503 yards on the ground. Fresno State clinched bowl eligibility with its third straight victory, humiliating its unfriendly conference rivals with 679 yards of total offense.
For Hawaii's beleaguered defense, it started ugly and never got pretty: The Bulldogs scored on seven of their first eight possessions to take a 49-0 lead into halftime.
NCAA career passing leader Timmy Chang was 26-of-43 for 167 yards and a touchdown for the Warriors (4-5, 4-4), and receiver Chad Owens became Hawaii's career leader in all-purpose yards. It wasn't nearly enough to counteract the Bulldogs' exceptional running game.
Fresno State led 35-0 early in the second quarter, eclipsing its previous season high in rushing yards 12 minutes before halftime. Sumlin and Mathis alternated big runs, and Pinegar passed for 160 of his 176 yards before halftime and rushed for a 1-yard score.
Hawaii's defense has been a season-long disaster, ranking near the bottom of the NCAA in several categories, but the Bulldogs took the Warriors to a new low. Boise State had 589 yards in Hawaii's 69-3 loss two weeks ago -- but Fresno State had 512 at halftime, delighting the large crowd at chilly Bulldog Stadium.
The Bulldogs have been as uneven as the Sierra Nevada skyline to the east of Fresno this season, but they seem headed to a bowl game for the sixth straight year -- perhaps the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco, if the Pac-10 can't qualify the requisite number of teams for bowl berths.
After a 3-0 start that included road wins over Washington and Kansas State, the Bulldogs lost three straight to drop out of the national consciousness and the WAC title hunt -- but since losing to Boise State on Oct. 23, the Bulldogs have outscored SMU, Rice and Hawaii 164-35, scoring on 16 of 18 first-half possessions in three blowout wins.
Fresno State pounded Hawaii with 13 straight rushing plays and a pass-interference call on its first two drives, getting 123 yards and two touchdowns by Sumlin.
Sumlin then broke an 89-yard run through the heart of Hawaii's defense on the 14th play, getting caught at the 1 to set up Pinegar's TD sneak. Sumlin already had surpassed his career high with 168 yards rushing.
Fresno State didn't throw a pass until the final play of the first quarter, after Hawaii botched a fake punt to set up a short drive ending in Mathis' 14-yard scoring run.
Sumlin's third TD run capped a 98-yard drive that staked Fresno State to a 42-0 lead 2:24 before halftime. The Bulldogs added one more 72-yard TD drive, with Pinegar throwing a 3-yard TD pass to Adam Jennings with 41 seconds left.
Fresno State's raucous student section got on the Hawaii bench early in the latest edition of this burgeoning rivalry. Coaches Pat Hill and June Jones have accused their opponents of various episodes of poor sportsmanship over the years, and both schools have some of the nation's rowdiest fans.
Owens passed Gary Allen's school record of 4,558 yards in the first half, but with just three home games remaining, the Warriors went winless away from the islands for the first time since 2000.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||3-13||7-10|
|4th Down Conversions||0-2||1-1|
|TD||11:20||BRYSON SUMLIN 1 YD RUN (BRETT VISINTAINER KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 10 yards.
|TD||5:34||BRYSON SUMLIN 22 YD RUN (BRETT VISINTAINER KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 70 yards.
|TD||1:54||PAUL PINEGAR 1 YD RUN (BRETT VISINTAINER KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 90 yards.
|TD||14:55||WENDELL MATHIS 14 YD RUN (BRETT VISINTAINER KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 19 yards.
|TD||11:51||WENDELL MATHIS 4 YD RUN (BRETT VISINTAINER KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 75 yards.
|TD||2:24||BRYSON SUMLIN 12 YD RUN (BRETT VISINTAINER KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 98 yards.
|TD||0:41||ADAM JENNINGS 3 YD PASS FROM PAUL PINEGAR (BRETT VISINTAINER KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 72 yards.
|TD||10:08||MICHAEL BREWSTER 18 YD RUN (JUSTIN AYAT KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 38 yards.
|TD||2:13||WENDELL MATHIS 1 YD RUN (CLINT STITSER KICK)|
Drive info: 15 plays, 76 yards.
|TD||14:29||ROBBIE DUBOIS 1 YD RUN (CLINT STITSER KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 14 yards.
|TD||9:01||JASON RIVERS 6 YD PASS FROM TIMMY CHANG (JUSTIN AYAT KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 58 yards.
|TD||2:50||MATT RIVERA 21 YD RUN (CLINT STITSER KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 55 yards.