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he Fresno State Bulldogs combined tough defense and big-play offense to upend conference rival Boise State 28-17 and return the Milk Can trophy to Bulldog Stadium on Saturday. “I cannot tell you how happy and gratified I am to see all of the hard work paying off for these guys and this coaching staff who have put so much into it,” Fresno State head coach Jeff Tedford said. “Boise State has a great football team. We have a lot of respect for them, and now we have to go and do it one more time.” The Bulldogs go back to work next week to prepare for their Mountain West Conference title game with the Broncos. But first, they had a little time for celebration. “Our guys will feel good about themselves, especially the seniors,” Tedford said. Saturday’s game came on Senior Night. Quarterback Marcus McMaryion shouldered the load against Boise with a career-high 332 passing yards and two touchdowns. He hooked up with wide receiver KeeSean Johnson on six different occasions to the tune of 119 yards and two scores. Johnson sealed the game with an 81-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth
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Students kickoff the season of giving early By Hayley Salazar @Hayley_Salazarr
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Fresno State wide receiver KeeSean Johnson (3) attempts to catch a pass over Boise State cornerback Tyler Horton (14) on Nov. 25, 2017, at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs won 28-17.
28-17 ‘Dogs beat Boise State by 11 points
Win improvement from 2016
Wins and loses for the 2017 season
The holiday spirit of joy and giving came early to the young patients at Valley Children’s Hospital. It was all thanks to an idea more than a decade in the making from a Fresno State professor. “We wanted to do something special for the kids to get their minds off of what they’re going through,” said Dr. Tamyra Pierce, professor in the media, communications and journalism department. A donation of 150 student-produced coloring books and 300 boxes of crayons made its way to the hospital last Friday. The books were a part of the semester-long project for Pierce’s publication design class. The class got funding from Friends for Civic Engagement through the Jan and Bud Richter Center in order to allow the coloring books to be printed and bound.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Black Friday is another form of class warfare
By Megan Bronson | Special to The Collegian
Think twice before you ridicule the masses that were waiting in lines outside WalMart and Best Buy the day after, and more frequently, the day of Thanksgiving. While it seems commonplace to crack a joke at the deal-starved lines, ask yourself why someone needs to wait in line for hours to buy a laptop or a new TV. If your answer was “they don’t,” you might be out of touch with poor people. Black Friday is not about “need” per se but it is about the inability to have. What separates the lower class from the middle class are possessions and the ability to “have.” Those who are out in the cold at the end of November are generally those who are otherwise unable to afford the luxuries of the middle class. This is not about someone’s perceived lack of financial responsibility, but more about someone’s actual financial stability. Black Friday is about living within your means in a world that so frequently asks us to spend our money to create happiness.
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To date, according to blackfridaydeathcount.com, 110 people have been injured and 10 people have died as a result of Black Friday sales. These numbers date back to the website’s inception in 2006. For those of you thinking “Well I wouldn’t put myself in physical danger for a TV,” imagine a world where you were willing to risk your safety for a TV. What kind of society do we have where not only is our happiness
predicated on spending power, but that we are willing to risk our safety for that happiness? That is class warfare. More affluent individuals have the ability to take slightly cheapened products and shop from the comfort of their home on Cyber Monday. Our society created an entirely separate holiday in order to keep middle-class individuals from having to actually see poor people. The online deals are nev-
er as good as those 75 percent off doorbusters that take place in physical spaces at midnight, but they do offer the comfort of your own home for a larger price tag. For the argument that says these people should just save more so that they don’t have to partake in Black Friday, CNBC published a report last month that said 39 percent of Americans do not have any money in savings. Which is understandable, as the U.S. Cen-
sus published that 12.6 percent of American households lived below the poverty level in 2016. Last year, CNN reported that 99 million people shopped brick and mortar stores on Black Friday. That is about 1 in 3 people in the nation. That number sure seems oddly close to the number of people who cannot afford to have savings accounts. With those unfortunate statistics, this makes Black Friday the smart choice for many Americans, as without it, they would not have the ability to partake in our societal norms that say we should have large TVs, fast phones and the best toys our children could dream of. Historically, Black Friday has marked the start of the holiday shopping season, with this term dating back to the 1960s. What used to be a cultural marker for the start of the season is now a class marker and icon of capitalism. Ask yourself who has the largest sales on Black Friday? Is it Macy’s? Pier 1? The Pottery Barn? No. It’s not affluent places. It’s places where poor people shop. Corporations like WalMart are cashing in on class warfare, turning a profit off the backs of those who otherwise could not afford having gifts to give at the holidays. So before you make commentary on the lines of people out in the cold waiting for a chance at a new computer, check your privilege and be grateful that you don’t have to spend your time in line.
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THE COLLEGIAN • NEWS
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27 2017
“Studying law in the heart of the Central Valley has given me the ability to pursue a rewarding career in law without having to abandon the network of business professionals I built while studying accounting at Fresno State.”
Women’s rights to center human rights event
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“I chose to attend San Joaquin College of Law because I saw how successful the attorneys were coming out of the school and I realized I could have a successful career that was affordable.” Amanda Busick Fresno State Sociology Major
“The feeling of community at SJCL has been incredible from the very first day. The support I’ve received from my professors, the dean, and my fellow students has been the driving force behind my success at SJCL.”
Fresno State will host a National Human Rights Day event on Dec. 9 and will feature the Human Rights Coalition of the Central Valley. The theme of the event will be “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” and will feature keynote speaker Amanda Renteria, chief of operations for the California Department of Justice. A panel on human rights is scheduled after the speech by Renteria. Information on education politics and family life will be available at table booths. National Human Rights Day was born out of former U.S. first lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s humanitarian work as head of the
Human Rights Commission in the late 1940s. Human Rights Day has been celebrated every 10th of December since 1948 in honor of the U.N. General Assembly’s adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Since 2012, the Human Rights Coalition of the Central Valley has been a key organization raising awareness on human rights issues like human trafficking, torture and domestic violence. The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in North Gym Room 118. Admission is free, and the event is open to all ages.
Long-time professor, supporter of ag college dies Bob Glim, former Fresno State professor and supporter of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, has died. He was 101. Glim, originally from Pennsylvania, grew up within agriculture in Kerman. He studied at Fresno State before transferring to University of California, Davis, where he got his undergraduate and graduate degrees, according to a news release by Fresno State. Glim, who died on Veterans Day, taught agriculture courses at Fresno State for 30 years since 1948. He also led extracurricular activities at the Jordan College. Glim retired as assistant dean of the Jordan College in 1979. The university said Glim continued helping the “Ag One Foundation,” a foun-
dation that serves to support the Jordan College and its students. Ag One senior director Alcidia Freitas Gomes said Glim will be missed. Glim also helped draw in donations to construct the new Jordan Agricultural Research Center that opened in 2016. “His impact at Fresno State will be remembered through the legion of students he’s taught and by helping to inspire the remarkable gift from the Jordan family,” Gomes said. Glim is survived by his wife, Dorothy; five children; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Donations honoring Glim can be gifted to the Fresno State’s Robert J. Glim Ag One Endowment or Jaron Ministries.
Professor honored at football game for student success Philosophy professor Dr. Tina Botts was honored as the “Professor of the Game” at Saturday’s Fresno State football game against Boise State. She was recognized for her commitment to student academic success. “The students at Fresno State are fantastic, curious, serious students and it is my pleasure to support their academic success,” Botts told the The Collegian. Botts was tasked with bringing the game ball to the field and handing it to university president Dr. Joseph Castro. “I feel very much appreciated and supported to have been given this honor,” she said.
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Ag laboratory debuts renovations, upgrades The mechanized agriculture laboratory on campus has undergone a number of renovations in 2017. The renovations were addressed on Nov. 14 in a reception attended by Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro. A $250,000 donation made by James and Carol Moller for the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology helped make the renovations possible. The donation was made in memory of James’ father, Leonard, who owned a machine shop in Fresno. The mechanized agriculture laboratory is
used for hands-on lab experience for Fresno State students, as well as Future Farmers of America members involved in competitions. A list of completed renovations includes: multi-processing booths; racks; gas line manifolds; work tables; and a computer numerical control plasma cutting table. Additionally, the interior of the laboratory received a fresh coat of paint. Future updates will include new tungsten inert gas welders, a hydraulic shear, hydraulic brake, drill press, ironworker, band and chop saw equipment, engine stands and metal material storage units.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27 2017
This desert band will make you feel nostalgic By Selina Falcon @SelinaFalcon
MASTERFUL The Technicolors are a garage-rock/mid-nineties-Britpop band hailing from Phoenix, Arizona that formed in 2010. The band’s current lineup consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Brennan Smiley, bassist Mike “Nico” Nicolette and vocalist and guitarist Sean Silverman. According to the band’s Facebook, The Technicolors started when “Smiley was acoustically supporting other local music acts by performing his songs live. After a few shows, the project began to grow and soon turned into a more serious approach, taking on the form of The Technicolors.” The band recorded and released two albums - “Who Are You” (2010) and “Listener” (2012) - before joining 8123, record label and home to fellow Arizona band The Maine, in 2014. While on tour with The Maine in 2015, The Technicolors released its first EP (extended play) with 8123. “Ultraviolet Disguise” still kept the heavier rock sound found on The Technicolors’ previous releases, and it wasn’t until the band’s 2016 EP “Sweat” was released that listeners were introduced to new sound. The title-track from “Sweat” has nearly 150,000 plays on Spotify and can be best described as “summer-space-pop,” which makes sense considering there are other songs on the EP
From left to right: Mike ‘Nico’ Nicolette, Brennan Smiley and Sean Silverman of The Technicolors.
called things like “Hologram” and “Space Cadet.” Not to mention, the artwork for the EP is an astronaut standing on the moon next to a sign that reads “Summer Mixtape Vol. 1.” “Sweat” was released during the summer of 2016, and a year later in July 2017, The Technicolors released its debut album with 8123, called “Metaphysical.”
In an interview with Local Wolves, Smiley said some of the inspiration for songs on “Metaphysical” came from the band’s home–Arizona. “... I’ll say that a lot of this record is about living in a dry, barren place, and what some of our experiences on the road have looked like from that perspective, as well as where we would like to go,” he said.
Speaking from experience, if you live in a place that has summers with dry, 100-degree weather, you’ll understand where Smiley is coming from and you’ll feel a sense of nostalgia listening to “Metaphysical.” “Metaphysical” opens with a song called “Neon Roses,” and its sets up the overall sound and vibe of the album. Standout tracks include “Lil-
ies for Lily,” which has over 123,000 plays on Spotify and “Little Charmer,” which has over 152,000 plays on Spotify. “Little Charmer” is one of the best songs on the album for many reasons, including its colorful lyrics, guitar riffs and Smiley’s smooth vocals. In an interview with Clash, Smiley said: “‘Little Charmer’ is a number I wrote about feeling like the last one to the party, and the last to leave, and wondering why I was even there to begin with. We’ve all been there, in one way or another.” He added: “It’s a picture of those who have moved on, painted for those who persist, and ultimately a celebration of all the different people [who] come and go, looking back and moving forward.” The Technicolors currently have 60,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and the number seems to only be growing. You can follow the band on Twitter and Instagram at @thetechnicolors.
For fans of: Oasis, The Strokes, The Maine, Bad Suns
THE COLLEGIAN • A&E
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27 2017
This Week in Entertainment ‘The Hmong and the Secret War’ screening
Foo Fighters in concert to perform at Save Mart Center
Fresno State’s Hmong program and the Hmong Language Club will host a screening of the PBS documentary “The Hmong and the Secret War” at 6 p.m. Tuesday in McLane Hall, Room 161. The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Lar Yang.
Rock band Foo Fighters will perform at the Save Mart Center on Friday. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the concert is expected to begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com, over the phone by calling 1-800-745-3000 or in person at the Save Mart Center box office. Prices range from $52 to $102.
University Theatre does Shakespeare
Brad Paisley tickets on sale Friday
Fresno State’s University Theatre presents its third show of the 2017-2018 season, William Shakespeare’s “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” directed by Brad Myers. Opening night is Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the John Wright Theatre. The production will run Dec. 1 to Dec. 9. For specific times, dates and ticket prices, visit fresnostate.edu/theatrearts or contact the box office at 559-278-2216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Country singer Brad Paisley announced his Weekend Warrior World Tour will include a stop at the Save Mart Center on Jan. 26. Special guests will be country artists Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell. Tickets will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or at the Save Mart Center box office. Ticket prices range from $29.99 to $129.99.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27 2017
300 boxes of crayons donated to children DONATION from Page 1 A crayon drive was hosted in October to pair the crayons with the books. Half of the books were left in the playroom of the hospital, while the other half were taken to the Ronald McDonald House down the road. Cassie Richter, one of Pierce’s students, said her team decided to design winter-themed books. They created their own character snowman: McBlizzard. Richter said she was surprised at how much time the design process took. She said she even spent time outside of class to complete her pages. “I’m not an artist,” she said. “So seeing it come from nothing and put into this actual coloring book that kids are going to be able to use is really cool.” In addition to her three color pages, Richter also designed the cover page. The book and crayon donations were personal for Richter, who spent six weeks at Valley Children’s when she was a child. She said she knows the “boring” day-today routine the patients go through. “Same people come in, same nurses, same doctors come in. They do their thing, [and] they leave,” Richter remembered from her own experience. “So having somebody new come in, having some-
thing new to do that’s out of the ordinary is always uplifting and exciting.” After Pierce, Richter and five other students set the books up in the playroom, a small group of children and their parents walked in to the surprise. Miranda Rodriguez sat with her daughter, Maddlynn, who has been at Valley Children’s since the beginning of the year. Rodriguez said seeing the students bring in activities for the kids made her feel thankful. “I think it’s amazing. There are so many kids here, and I’m glad my daughter gets to come home with me,” she said. “There’s other kids here that have to stay, but it’s an amazing hospital. It makes the kids happy. It’s something to distract them.” The donation was the second that Rodriguez had seen that day. Earlier, someone donated blankets to the hospital. She said the gifts inspired her to bring something for the kids on her next visit. After all, she said, it’s the hospitality that makes the time at Valley Children’s less frightening. “These people help children,” Rodriguez said. “They know what’s going on. They try to make everything so calm and not make it uncomfortable for the parents or the children.”
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Valley Children’s patient Maddlynn begins using her new crayons and a coloring book that she got from Dr. Tamrya Pierce’s MCJ 106 students at Valley Children’s hospital, on Nov. 17, 2017.
Remembering lives lost to transgender oppression By Sabrina Stevenson @Saroste762
Fresno residents gathered last week to remember the lives of transgender people that have been lost to suicide or murder. The Transgender Day of Remembrance, said Zoyer Zyndel, event chair of Trans-E-Motion, raises awareness about the level of violence affecting the transgender community. “It also sends the message that violence against transgender people is not OK and should not be accepted,” Zyndel said. “Transgender people existed before this event and will continue to exist after
this event and are part of your campus community.” The memorial was held Nov. 20 in the North Gym at Fresno State. It was also a resource fair that featured performances and speakers. Zyndel said 32 transgender people were victims of violence or suicide since last year – five of whom were in the central San Joaquin Valley. “My friends who’ve been murdered because of suicide and have been misgendered: I like that they give them full recognition here at Fresno State,” said Ronnie Kassis, also known as Veronica, a gender-nonconforming person. The event was special for Kassis in part
because transgender people who have died are remembered just as they would have wished. “If I die as Ms. Veronica Jones and I’m in full drag, I want to be identified that way if I die,” Kassis added. “So I like how they whole-heartedly and 100 percent make sure that they’re identified properly and respected.” Paris Nicole, a trans woman, performed a Bollywood dance to Selena Gomez’s “Come and Get It” to show support for those who are transitioning or who have died. Her performance was a show of strength that honored those who never could express themselves fully. “As for the ones that passed on,” Ni-
cole said, “it saddens me that they didn’t get a chance to have this type of outlet. It’s very unfortunate that their lives were cut short due to someone else’s misunderstanding.” Kassis said their personal identity fluctuates from male to female and back, is intermixed or absent. She said that often makes it hard for them to fit in. At remembrance events like the one held at Fresno State, those worries vanish. “It’s really good that we can all come together and remember the fallen brothers and sisters of the trans community but also the nonbinary and nonconforming [members],” Kassis said.
Group challenges tough California prison law By William Ramirez @willoveslakers2
The “three-strikes law” in California states that anyone convicted of a serious felony would have his or her sentence doubled if they had been convicted of a previous felony. If convicted twice before, the defendant can be sentenced up to 25 years to life in prison. That practice is being challenged by a small group that stopped in Fresno last week to speak about reforming the law with a new initiative: The People’s Fair Sentencing and Public Safety Act of 2018. We The People director Victoria Johnson said her organization sees the “three strikes” as one of the leading causes of mass incarceration in America. The organization held a rally and a press conference in front of the Fresno County Jail last week to protest the law. “It’s a big industry, where the correction-
al department [is] making a lot of money by incarcerating the minorities and the poor,” Johnson said. The rally was small, with 11 people attending. But there was a goal of a larger scale: to get the message out about the mission of the group, which Johnson hopes can grow. Rally participants chanted “No justice, no peace,” as well as holding signs that read “Concrete walls and steel bars worsen scars” and “Invest in people, job opportunities, rehabilitation.” The messages, Johnson hoped, were clear. “We’re here to stand up and say enough is enough, and let our people go,” Johnson said. “We need policy changes to help the people.” Her husband was imprisoned under the “three-strikes” law, Johnson said. His incarceration is the driving force behind all of her efforts. She has traveled across the country clamoring for change. The group is seeking more members and
volunteers to gather signatures in favor of The People’s Fair Sentencing and Public Safety Act of 2018. People can join through the group’s website. The group’s Fresno stop included a 45-minute press conference, where, the organization’s initiative was announced and discussed. If the initiative succeeds offenders deemed nonviolent would no longer be classified under the same category as violent offenders and would therefore be exempt from the law, according to the organization’s website. “We’re trying to create a line between violent and nonviolent offenders,” said Nicholas Palomarez, who is in charge of university outreach for We The People. Johnson stated that, under the initiative, the savings from reducing incarceration would go toward school tuition, crime prevention and rehabilitation programs. Palomarez added that the savings would be split 50/50 between education and crime
prevention. “We’re doing this because of the request of the people. We’ve had so many people wanting to see what we could do about the “three-strikes” law, Johnson said. Anita Wills and Lupita Meraz both have family members incarcerated for life. They spoke at the rally. For Wills, whose son, Kerry Baxter Jr., is serving a life prison sentence, joining the effort to challenge the law is about more than just helping her son. “I’m fighting for his freedom. I’m fighting for justice. I’m fighting for the homeless and any other person who is headed to prison,” Wills said. Meraz echoed those sentiments. Her husband, Jesse Meraz, is also imprisoned for life.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27 2017
THE COLLEGIAN • SPORTS
Free throws key to ‘Dogs’ victory
Fresno State sophomore guard Johnny McWilliams (3) shoots against Montana State on Nov. 26, 2017, at the Save Mart Center. The Bulldogs won 80-67.
By Michael Ford @MFordCollegian
he Fresno State men’s basketball team defeated Montana State at home Saturday 80-67 on the strength of a nearly career-high in scoring from junior guard Deshon Taylor. Taylor scored a season-high 31 points, one shy of his career-best mark of 32. Taylor has been on fire to start the season. Just six games into the year, he was leading the team in points per game at just over 17 going into the game. “I just play defense, and the offensive
end will come,” Taylor said. Taylor almost equaled his season average in the first half alone with 15 points. The Bulldogs suffocated Montana State through the first 10 minutes of the first half, and that allowed the team to race to a double-digit lead that eventually swelled as big as 14 points. He and the rest of the team’s defense were largely responsible for the fast start. Taylor said that, defensively, he focuses on the opposing player’s dribble to help him stay in good position, and that was a big part of his success on that end of the floor. “I just watch their hesitation moves; are they going left two dribbles, two drib-
bles right; you have to learn stuff like that when you are guarding the team’s best player,” Taylor said. The Bobcats’ scrappy defense kept them in the game in the first half against the favored Bulldogs. They forced the Bulldogs into five turnovers, which they capitalized on to the tune of 12 of their 35 first-half points. The Bulldogs had a 37-35 lead going into halftime as they allowed Montana State to shoot 46 percent from the field, going 12 for 26. They also put the Bobcats on the free-throw line 14 times, and they shot 64 percent. Montana State hammered the Bulldogs with its bench in the first half. Its second
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unit outscored the Bulldogs’ bench 22-13 and was an integral part of the team’s late second-half run to keep them in the game. Fresno State capitalized heavily from the free-throw line, going 29-of-32 from the stripe, much to the delight of head coach Rodney Terry. “We know we’re going to be in a lot of close ballgames all year long, and we came up a little short against Evansville, particularly in that area,” Terry said. With the victory, the Bulldogs improve their record to 4-2 on the season. They will continue their homestand at 7 p.m. Thursday against Weber State at the Save Mart Center before taking the road for a game at Long Beach State.
Bulldogs drop second game of the season By Vanessa Romo @VanesssaRomo
The Fresno State women’s basketball team fell short on the road this Saturday against Texas State, 76-59. Of the ‘Dogs’ 59 points, 20 came from junior Candice White, who posted her season high. Freshman Maddi Utti also recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. She is the first
Fresno State player to record double-digit rebounds in a game this season. Starting the game, both teams were making only 21 percent of their shots. The ‘Dogs were able to climb to a 1410 lead early in the second quarter after a pair of free throws. Even with White’s and Utti’s efforts, the team could not hold the Bobcats. Taking the lead after a 14-2 run and a 3-pointer from freshman Chania Wright in the second quarter, Texas State gained momentum.
With five minutes remaining in the second quarter, a layup from Utti sparked a 3-pointer from junior Breanne Knishka and a 7-0 run by the ‘Dogs, trimming the Bobcats’ lead to 38-26 at the half. Back from half, the ‘Dogs were on fire while going on a 14-3 run to cut Texas State’s lead to 6 points with just under six minutes to play. White and Utti were then quick to score a total of 12 points, but were overruled by a 14-0 run by the Bobcats af-
ter two 3-pointers from junior Toshua Leavitt. Texas State’s Leavitt was a main factor in the ‘Dogs’ fall. She scored 28 of the Bobcats’ 76 points while also recording six 3-pointers. In the end the ‘Dogs lost by 17 points after a 3-pointer by freshman Aly Gamez in the last two seconds of the game. Fresno State will be back in action Nov. 30 at UC Santa Barbara and then at California State University, Northridge on Dec. 2.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27 2017
‘Dogs look to championship match
Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion (6) runs the ball against Boise State on Nov. 25, 2017, at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs won 28-17.
FOOTBALL from Page 1 quarter after the Broncos drove down the field and cut the lead to only 2 points. McMaryion dropped back and fired a pass downfield to the streaking Johnson who burned two Bronco defensive backs before he sidestepped a tackle and dove into the end zone. The score was the longest play for the Bulldogs all season and the eighth touchdown on the year for Johnson. Coming into the matchup with the No. 23-ranked Broncos, the ‘Dogs had allowed a conference-best 88 points. Just for comparison, the San Jose State Spartans have given up more than 300 points. After holding Boise to 17 points, the ‘Dogs have given up a total of 105 points within the conference, the best margin in the Mountain West. The ‘Dogs held the Broncos to 7 points in the first half and 10 in the second, in what was their lowest-scoring game of the season. Defensive end Malik Forrester recorded a safety in the fourth quarter after he sacked Brett Rypien in the end zone to go along with five tackles, including two tackles for loss in what was his last game at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs got off to a hot start after they mixed the run and pass on an 11-play drive that culminated in Johnson’s first score of the afternoon. McMaryion connected with wide receiver Da’Mari Scott for a 26-yard gain, which set up running back Jordan Mims, who rushed for 14 yards on 2 attempts to get the ‘Dogs into the red zone. Johnson delivered and gave the ‘Dogs an early 6-0 lead before kicker Jimmy Camacho’s extra point. Camacho finished the day with 98 points on the season, which tied him for ninth most in school history for a season with Brett Visintainer who accom-
plished it back in 2003. Boise State responded with an eight-play drive to tie the game at 7-7. Backup quarterback Montell Cozart completed a 4-yard pass to AJ Richardson, who waited wide open in the end zone. The action picked up after Camacho tacked on a 22-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the first half to ensure the ‘Dogs lead, 10-7. Fresno State scored first in the second half after McMaryion’s 36-yard pass to tight end Jared Rice set up Mims’ 1-yard touchdown plunge. Camacho missed the kick but the Bulldogs pushed the lead to 16-7. After the Broncos put a field goal on the board, Boise State running back Alex Mattison took a short handoff for a goalline score to cut the deficit to 2 points. The pressure started to mount, but Fresno State offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer dialed up a big play. McMaryion found Johnson down the field for the 81-yard score, the fourth touchdown of over 63 yards by the offense. “I had a little smile on my face when I got the play call,” McMaryion said. “I definitely get excited about that kind of stuff, but it’s not just me. It’s the offensive line giving me time, the running backs staying in for protection and the receivers running good routes.” Fresno State took a commanding lead 26-17 and was able to fend off any chance of a comeback after the timely safety by Forrester. In front of 31,526 fans, the ‘Dogs reclaimed the Milk Can Trophy, and senior captain Aaron Mitchell lauded the support shown. “I think it’s been two years since I heard it that loud,” Mitchell said. “I think it’s been a long time coming. I can’t thank the Red Wave enough for showing out today. I don’t
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From left to right: David Patterson (78), Micah St. Andrew (73), Aaron Mitchell (77), Netane Muti (52) and Christian Cronk (58).
think they understand how much they play a factor in this. Their energy, players vibe off that. It really brings a sense of pride to play for the Valley. It was awesome.” But they know the work isn’t over. The Bulldogs will travel to Boise, Idaho, next Saturday for the Mountain West championship. Although Fresno State owns the tiebreaker in conference record with the win over Boise, the Broncos will host the game. According to conference rules, the team with the better ranking in the College Football Playoff Poll is selected as the host, but if no team is ranked, the team that has the higher average ranking in four computer polls the conference uses becomes the host.
The College Football Playoff Poll was released on Tuesday. Boise State was ranked No. 23 in the poll before the game. Instead of waiting to see if the playoff committee ranks Fresno State ahead of the Broncos, the conference decided to use the computer polls and announce the host on Sunday. Boise State finished with a 30.25 average computer poll ranking, while the Bulldogs finished with a 34.25 average ranking. The Associated Press ranked Fresno State No. 25 on Sunday in its Top 25 poll. Boise State is not ranked in the poll. The championship game starts at 4:45 p.m. at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho, and will be televised on ESPN.