10 things Nebraska fans should know about Fresno State 10 days before kickoff
It is never too early to prep for game day. So 10 days out from kickoff in Memorial Stadium, here are 10 things to know about the Huskers’ first opponent, the Fresno State Bulldogs.
- The Bulldogs had a rough year in 2015. They finished 3-9 overall and 2-8 in the Mountain West. A few of the nine losses were pretty ugly. They dropped games to Ole Miss by 52, Utah by 21, Utah State by 42 and BYU by 42.
- The last time these two programs faced off was a 2014 matchup in Fresno. Nebraska won handily, 55-19. In that game, De’Mornay Pierson-El had a punt return for a touchdown, Ameer Abdullah ran for 110 yards and one touchdown and Tommy Armstrong threw 21 times for 260 yards and three touchdowns.
- The last time Fresno State came to Lincoln was in 2011 when Derek Carr, now a starting quarterback for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, was the QB for Fresno State. Nebraska won that game, 42-29. Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez threw for 219 yards and ran for 166 in the win. Carr threw for 254 yards and one touchdown.
- Fresno State returns seven offensive starters and five defensive starters. This season will revolve around trying to replace running back Marteze Waller, who finished his career No. 4 in all-time rushing yards at Fresno State.
- Redshirt freshman Chason Virgil was named the starting quarterback for Fresno State in fall camp. Virgil was named he starter over returning starter Kilton Anderson.
- Virgil played in three games in 2015 before breaking his clavicle. The NCAA granted him a medical redshirt. Virgil threw 56 times for 298 yards and three touchdowns in three games last season.
- ESPN Football Power Index predicts Fresno State will win four games in 2016. The Index gives the Bulldogs just a 4.3 percent chance of beating Nebraska.
- Fresno State is coached by Tim DeRuyter. He was hired in 2012. In his first two years in Fresno, the Bulldogs won two Mountain West titles. Since then, the team has won a total of nine games
- After the Hail Mary loss to BYU, Nebraska’s opening game win streak of 29 games was snapped. In the past four years, Fresno State is 1-3 in their first road game of the season. In those three losses, the Bulldogs lost by an average of 36 points.
- Nebraska opens the game as 28.5-point favorites. In the opener last year, the Huskers were seven-point favorites over BYU.