Football Capsules

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Authors: Steve Latuda

Who: Fresno State Bulldogs (3-2) at CSU Rams (2-3)

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium

Line: Rams by 6 1/2

What: Rams look to right ship and exact revenge against the

Bulldogs, who won at Hughes 27-24 in overtime in 2001.

Passing

CSU: Van Pelt seems to be struggling, but he is known for having

big games when people are down on him. Holland has looked great in

relief of Van Pelt, so the position still looks strong. Van Pelt

has thrown for 1,323 yards and nine touchdowns but has been

picked-off six times. Holland has thrown two touchdowns and has yet

to throw a pick.

The duo of Pittman and David Anderson is lethal. Both receivers

pile on the yards, 1,009 between the two, as well as the

receptions, 55, but a third receiver has to replace the loss of

Dreessen this week. That receiver should be Eric Hill. He has the

talent and needs to be given the opportunity to use it.

Fresno State: The Bulldogs’ passing game will get a huge lift if

Pinegar is sharp in his return. Senior Jeff Grady hasn’t looked

good but has gotten the job done in Pinegar’s absence. He has

thrown for 870 yards with four touchdowns and six

interceptions.

Look for them to try to test the shaky CSU defensive backs.

Bernard Berrian is a stud, but with Berrian drawing all of the

attention of other defenses, Marque Davis, twin brother of Rodney

Davis, has come up big for the Bulldogs. He has caught 13 balls for

193 yards.

Advantage: Even

Running

CSU: The Rams’ running game has been non-existent in the team’s

back-to-back defeats, and it needs to get on track. Last week

Houston did gain 72 yards, but it came on 28 carries. The backs

need to hold on to the ball if they have any chance of winning this

game.

Fresno State: The emergence of Wright has been a huge plus for

this team. Bryson Sumlin is a hard-nosed runner with four

touchdowns to his credit. Rodney Davis hasn’t found his groove yet,

but he did run for 1,586 yards last year.

Advantage: Fresno State

Defense

CSU: Possibly the Rams strongest unit of the whole team, the

front seven has played solid football all year. Patrick Goodpaster

has turned in some solid games, and even though Pauly is lost for

the season, the ‘backers still will play strong. The Rams’

secondary has had a rollercoaster ride of a season, but improvement

has been seen. Safety Bennie Mastropaolo is playing well, and

Dexter Wynn is solid.

Fresno State: Middle linebacker Marc Dailey returned against

Portland State and should help firm-up a young defense that is

allowing 427.0 yards per game, but the Bulldogs have faced many

talented offenses including Oregon State, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

With 10 interceptions, and only one team (Oklahoma) throwing for

more than 300 yards against them, the defensive backs are playing

well.

Advantage: Even

Special Teams

CSU: The Rams’ kicking game can be shaky at times, but overall

has been decent.

Fresno State: Returned a kick-off for a touchdown last week

against Portland State, and have a decent kicking game.

Advantage: Fresno State

 

 

 

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