FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The Fresno State Bulldogs (1-2) beat Sacramento State (2-2), 34-20 in their first win of the season at Bulldog Stadium Saturday night.
Last week's bye left the Dogs two weeks to think about losing in heart-breaking fashion twice to start 0-2.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring. Jorge Reyna found senior Josh Hokit out of Clovis for a 14-yard strike.
It went back and forth for the whole first half the score just 14 to 12 in favor of the Dogs.
After a Hornet touchdown, Reyna aired it out to Keric Wheatfall. His first game at Bulldog Stadium produces a 46-yard reception. The play set up Ronnie Rivers for his first rushing touchdown of the year.
"We didn't go back to the drawing board we just went back to work. We didn't reinvent anything or anything like that," Tedford said. "We do what we do in practice and we work very hard and we practice very physical which didn't carry over very well tonight especially in tackling. A couple times we let some guys get out of tackles which is not like us."
The Dogs dealt with some sloppy play, fumbling twice throughout the game, giving the Hornets every chance to stick around.
"It was really challenging for me mentally the last couple weeks but fortunately I had a group of teammates and they all came together and they had my back with moral support," said Fresno State quarterback Jorge Reyna. "Everything I've done they said 'Hey we still got you let's keep going.'"
This game was a lot closer than it should've been, but the Dogs finished the game with a 34 to 20 win.
"It's nice to get a victory for sure. It's nice to get a victory and we'll go back to work tomorrow," said head coach Jeff Tedford.
The Bulldogs will travel to New Mexico next Saturday.
Fresno State beats Sacramento State, 34-20 at Bulldog Stadium