HAWAII (KFSN) -- Fresno State capped off an amazing season Sunday night, beating Houston in the Hawai'I Bowl 33-27 on Christmas Eve.
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"It was a back-and-forth game. Our guys aren't going to give up, they're going to keep competing hard like they always do," explained Coach Jeff Tedford. "It's a total team effort. And everybody bought in and everybody went really, really hard. The staff did a great job. I can't say enough about these guys because they did it with class and integrity. I've enjoyed every single day with these guys."
The 'Dogs were led by Dinuba High School grad Marcus McMaryion who threw for 342 yards, rushed for 50 yards & 2 TDs.
"Yeah, it was a big win. It's exciting. I mean, I want to get in there and celebrate with my teammates. It's a great experience to get back on the plane. Get on this long flight and to be able to have smiles on our faces," McMaryion said.
From 1-11 in 2016 to 10-4 in 2017, Fresno State becomes just second school ever to lose at least 10 games in one season & win at least 10 next.
Jaron Bryant said, "We went from a selfish team to playing for one another. And for the guy next to you. Do it for the seniors."
'Dogs also won at this Hawaii bowl for the first time ever, losing in 2012 & 2014. Clovis High grad Josh Hokit rushed for 64 yards. Wide Receiver KeeSean Johnson caught team-high 8 balls for 95 yards.
Fresno State finishes the season 10-4 with a West Division crown in the Mountain West. Jeff Tedford was named MW Coach of the Year. 'Dogs will begin the 2018 season at home vs Idaho on September, 1st.