Fresno State got a much-needed win against Hawaii last week and was still in the hunt for the West Division title coming into Saturday. The Dogs welcomed in Utah State who dropped back-to-back games against Air Force and BYU.
Due to some crazy schedules, tonight I’m covering my 1st @FresnoStateFB game this year. Dogs taking on Utah State (whose QB I covered in high school). Military flyover pregame. Could not be more excited. @ABC30 pic.twitter.com/GTCPSef43b— Stephen Hicks (@StephenABC30) November 9, 2019
The game was tied at 14 in the second quarter. Utah State scored on back-to-back drives. Jordan Love passed to Siaosi Mariner for an 8-yard touchdown, giving the Aggies the lead, 21-14. That would be the score at the half.
Love, a Bakersfield native, tried to put on a show for his family in attendance.
Dogs would respond in the third quarter. Jorge Reyna finds Jalen Cropper. He went 30 yards, initially ruled a touchdown. Replays showed him down at the one-inch line.
Ronnie Rivers rushed in his third score of the game. The Dogs were down a touchdown. The defense got a stop on their ensuing drive, and Cropper went 10 yards to the house for the lead, 35-31.
But in the end, it would be Utah State giving the dogs a taste of their own medicine -- a walk-off field goal to win the game, 37-35.
Fresno State drops 4-5 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
The Bulldogs now have a short week to prepare for San Diego State on Friday. The Aztecs sit atop the MW West division with a record of 7-1 (MW 4-1) prior to their game against Nevada. Kickoff is set for 6:30 pm at SDCCU Stadium on November 15th. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.