Monday, Oct. 16, 2017
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By Michael Ford @MFordCollegian
Carnage. Bodies strewn about. Indelible images broadcasted on countless news channels. Every week it seems there is another shooting story in America. Many instances of gun shootings happen on or near school campuses. We can recall the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 and too recently, the massacre of 58 people in Las Vegas. Just to name a couple. Can we ever be prepared for such a situation here? Fresno State has put together a comprehensive plan for students and faculty to follow. The plan is an active shooter response training program called Seconds to Survive, said Fresno State emergency operations manager Amy Luna. The training is primarily for police officers on campus, but there is a version that is open to all students on campus – free of charge. The training is conducted every other month during the semester. The next is Nov. 8 at Kremen Education Building, Room 140. A three step process is at the center of the training. Attendees are taught to follow the “Run, Hide, Fight” model. “What we teach at that program is how to plan and prepare because the most important thing is to really evaluate your environment. As your environment changes through the day, your plans your options are going to be different, so that’s really what we kind of focus on,” Luna said. The first part of the plan, “Run,” is arguably the most important, Luna said. She said that wherever students walk, they should always examine their surroundings and know where the nearest exits are. Finding the best ways to exit a dangerous situation is part of the evaluation process. The next step: knowing what to do after reaching an exit, Luna said. “Part of running is not just finding how to get out, but where to go after, she said. We run not just from danger but to safety. The next part of the training, “Hide,” is the step students and faculty should follow if running is not an option. According to this step, people should look for places that are as secluded and as safe as
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By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj
ents, scratches and angry students – those are products of Fresno State’s parking lots. Lately, students have taken to Facebook to air their grievances over their experiences in the parking lots. The Fresno State Book Trade and Advice Facebook page is teeming with posts from students who say the bumper-car style of movement in the Fresno State parking lots has gone too far. “I know some students at [Fresno State] are bad drivers, but this is just a whole new level,” wrote Xiong Tsimnuj Peter, a kinesiology major, in a Facebook post on Oct. 4. He posted two photos of his blue car parked near the Student Recreation Center east of campus with a scrape – more than a foot long – near the driver side rear tire. Tsimnuj Peter claimed there was enough space to avoid having another car hit his. “I’m just dumbfounded,” he said. Fresno State Police Sgt. Terry Schneider said, on average, there are about two
incident reports per day about cars being hit in the parking lots. He said students whose cars are hit should make sure they are safe and the other vehicle passengers are secure. Schneider said insurance information should be exchanged and a report to campus police should be made online. He said
the insurance company will take over the claim by obtaining the police report. The parking lots at Fresno State are monitored by cameras, Schneider said, and the footage can sometimes work as evidence of parking lot incidents. However,
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
In defense of vote Last week, Fresno State’s Associated Students, Inc. student senate unanimously voted to suspend negotiations with The Fresno Bee. I’m writing this article in response to The Collegian’s opinion piece entitled “ASI vote was the wrong way to go.” The article criticized ASI for failing to bring the decision to a referendum. However, as student representatives, it is ASI’s responsibility to make decisions during the school year. While acknowledging that
ASI’s decisions can affect all students on campus, it must be emphasized that campus wide votes are not a common or practical form of decision-making. These types of votes are typically reserved for significantly larger decisions such as last year’s referendum about whether to build a new multi million dollar student union. Bringing such a small action item to a campus wide vote would be inefficient and interferes with regular business.
The ‘New USU’ and why your voice matters As a student who originally voted “No” to last year’s “Bold New U” campaign, I can understand why there is a bit of frustration as to why there is a “New Student Union” campaign for this school year. However, after joining the USU board
of directors out of curiosity, I have come to realize that perhaps Fresno State students did not know, understand or were well-informed about the details entailed with the Bold New U. One of the main reasons why there is
Funds raised for shooting victims Last weekend on Sunday, sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma put on a car wash for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. The women of the sorority were able to fundraise more than $800 and all proceeds went to victims of the Las Vegas shooting.
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Second, the article argued that the price for each newspaper had been lowered under the new proposal. However, it failed to mention that the total cost would increase from approximately $7,000 to approximately $17,000. The new proposal would be far too costly, and it would consume the entire ASI readership budget. Given the availability of free information, the logical decision was to spend less money on the unpopular program. It is also not the university’s responsibility to fund local businesses. That burden belongs solely to the business to provide competitive services at a convenient price for students.
The student senate found that The Fresno Bee’s proposal was neither competitive nor worth the price. As decision makers for students, it is ASI’s obligation to spend student and taxpayer money as wisely as possible. The decision was easy, and the decision was unanimous. This student senate will not spend unnecessary funds on unnecessary projects, and that was made clear by last week’s vote.
an urgent need for a New Student Union is because there is a lack of space for students. With an estimated total of 25,000 Fresno State students, a limited amount of food options on campus, and limited space for students to study or hang out with their friends, it is becoming a growing problem within our campus. As student leaders, we wish to alleviate the future issues that pertain to lack of space for current and prospective students, and the only way to do this is to
start by taking action now. The campaign for this year is all student-run and oriented. We care for what you have to say, and we are open to listening to all opinions from students. In addition, we are more than happy to answer any questions or concerns about the New Student Union campaign. Students are free to contact members of the USU board of directors or visit us during office hours in USU 306.
– Sebastian Wenthe, ASI Senator of Clubs and Organizations
– Jennifer Vang
Missed opportunity for Trump It’s a shame that President Trump missed a good opportunity in the imbroglio that has occurred with the black players in the NFL kneeling on one knee for the playing of the national anthem. Perhaps no other president had such a golden opportunity to help remove from American society the scourge of discrimination against black Americans. He could have told them that he understands their feelings and that we have the same objec-
tive: to make America greater than it is. He could have said, “I want you to know that as long as I am president of this great country, I join you in your struggle that you are so passionately committed to, and pledge to assist to remove the reasons for your finding it necessary to kneel at NFL games.” – Alex Vavoulis, Professor Emeritus at CSU Fresno
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017
THE COLLEGIAN • NEWS
Dorms are a home away from home
By Razmik Cañas @Raz_Canas
From Myanmar to Merced, students from all corners of the world call Fresno State their new home. They left a whole life back home when they began as college freshmen. And the transition from high school to college is not their only challenge. Settling in a new place to live can also prove difficult. Sometimes, that new home is on a completely different continent, as it is for international student and freshman business major Htet Myet Da Na. Da Na who moved from Myanmar, a country in Southeast Asia, said coming to college came with a lot of new experiences. In the beginning of this semester The Collegian reported that 169 international students were enrolled in Fresno State for this academic year. “I was excited – it was my first time in the United States,” Da Na said as he remembered moving in just a month ago. He said his biggest surprise about living on campus was the lack of space. He grew up in a large apartment, and now he is getting used to living in a small space with another roommate. Another challenge was academics. “I’m not used to the American teaching system, so I’m struggling with a lot of homework assignments,” Da Na said. In Myanmar, Da Na said his school work was focused on one midterm exam and one final exam. His classes here are structured differently. “In my country, we do not have a syllabus
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A group of students gather at the Fresno State University Courtyard.
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Is your car safe in the Fresno State parking lots? PARKING from Page 1 Schneider said information can be difficult to get from the footage. For example, if he sees a black Honda and a white Honda in a collision, it may be difficult to see the driv-
ers and the license plates. And if cars are damaged while parked, the cameras still might not pick up the footage that is crucial for identifying drivers and cars because of the different angles of the vehicles.
Fresno State student Xiong Tsimnuj Peter
Car-to-car collisions are not always the cause of the damaged cars at Fresno State parking lots. Schneider said bicyclists, vandals or passersby may sometimes be to blame. Schneider offered a few tips, like parking farther away from school and in less dense areas. But, that could mean students would be walking a longer distance. “Park correctly within the parking stall,” he said. If you park on the parking lines, or wedge yourself between cars, you have a higher chance of being hit by another car while it is being parked or when a person in the other car opens the door, he said. Finally, Schneider said students should check their car’s surroundings. Sarah McGibbon, an animal sciences major, said she thinks she hasn’t been hit because her car is higher than most. “If it [weren’t] for me being higher up and able to see over most parked cars, as well as being overly cautious when driving through our parking lot, I would have been in an accident,” McGibbon said. When it comes to accidents in the lots, McGibbon blames student drivers who might drive too fast, run stop signs and fail to look when pulling in or backing out of stalls. One time, McGibbon said, “I was getting ready to turn into a parking aisle and [the driver] came out of the parking aisle, didn’t look, didn’t see me, and cut the corner so close that I had to hit my brakes to avoid him hitting me.” The tiny white cars driven by campus police or traffic officers are not unfamiliar to traffic incidents on campus, too. McGibbon recalls many times where golf carts
"Always give yourself time to get to where you need to be." — Edgar Baltazar, Journalism student nearly caused an accident. “I also almost had a campus police [or] traffic officer almost hit me in his golf cart,” she charged. “He was flying down the road between [the] Ag Science and Ag Mechanics [buildings] and didn’t stop when I was crossing.” Jennifer Hernandez, a psychology major, said she recently purchased a new car and when she got home one day, she noticed it had been hit. She said she would now be parking far from her usual spots on campus, farther from her classes. “I don’t want to get hit again,” she said. Might students experience parking lot incidents due to the rush to get to class? Edgar Baltazar, a journalism major, thinks so. “My personal opinion on this is really just people in a rush to get to classes,” he said. “Always give yourself time to get to where you need to be.”
MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017
A ‘Big Show’ comes to Fresno State’s Homecoming Week By Hayley Salazar @Hayley_Salazarr
Comedy Central’s “Workaholics” and “Pitch Perfect” star Adam Devine was booked as the headliner for USU Productions’ Big Show last Thursday, with “The Mindy Project’s” Fortune Feimster and “Spy’s” Adam Ray set to open the show. “Adam Devine is a great person to have for that because he’s really in touch with today’s millennials,” said Nancy Barragan, student event coordinator for USU Productions. “We got lucky to have Adam Ray and Fortune Feimster added to the show.” Students and community members filed into the Save Mart Center where B95’s DJ Kay Rich pumped up the crowd, encouraging them to get on their feet to dance. The fun continued as Ray was welcomed to the stage as the show’s first opener. Ray’s comedic style involved him playing with the crowd, asking questions and talking about his own college experience. His topics varied from risque Halloween costumes to President Donald Trump. Following Ray, Feimster took the stage. Her southern drawl and personal storytelling kept the audience’s attention and generated many laughs. She said she really liked Fresno as she played off the audience’s comments. After Feimster’s set, Ray returned to the stage to pump up the crowd for Devine. The headliner took the stage with a burst of energy, sporting Fresno State Homecom-
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The main act of the Big Show, Adam Devine, begins the show’s last act of the night on Oct. 12, 2017 at the Save Mart Center. The Big Show presented Adam Ray, Fortune Feimster and Adam Devine, and was a part of Fresno State’s Homecoming Week events.
ing swag. He had the highest energy of the three comedians, teasing the lighting crew as he ran back and forth on stage. He told stories from his childhood and his rise to fame. Audience member Sandra Gaylord, a freshman majoring in plant health, said
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she chose to come to the Big Show because she knew Devine from “Pitch Perfect” and “Workaholics.” She said she enjoyed the entire lineup because the comedians related to her as a student or what she’s seen other students go through.
“I think they did a really good job,” she said. “Adam [Devine] was the funniest of them all. It was really funny and definitely worth coming.” For freshman Jillian Ashbaugh, a liberal studies major, this was also her first Fresno State Homecoming. Ashbaugh saw a flier for the Big Show in the University Dining Hall. She admitted that at first glance she thought it was Adam Levine coming to the Save Mart Center, but soon recognized Devine from “Pitch Perfect.” When her friends told her they had extra tickets, she tagged along. “I really liked it,” she said. “I thought it was really funny. I like how they related [their jokes and stories] back to college. It was relatable and fun.” She described the atmosphere of the center as young and a place where everyone could let loose. Ashbaugh said she also enjoyed the “We Are Fresno State” theme, saying it makes her feel good. “I like going out in public and representing that I’m from Fresno State,” she said. “I’m proud to say that I’m a Fresno State student.” The theme of Homecoming Week was planned to be the “biggest and boldest Homecoming Week” Fresno State had ever seen, while trying to reach every end of campus. “It was the first time doing something so big we wanted to bring it back not just to the students, but to the faculty, staff and alumni and the Central Valley,” said Cindy Hernandez, student event coordinator for USU Productions. “We are all a part of Fresno State.”
A Forum for Inclusion, Respect and Equity
Wednesday, October 18, 6 pm: "In Adorno's Blind Spot: Yiddish Poetry from the Warsaw Ghetto," Library Rm. 2206 Sven-Erik Rose (German and Comparative Literature, UC Davis) will talk about poems written in Nazi Ghettos (above all Warsaw) that are little known but truly deserve a wide readership. The title of the talk references German cultural critic Theodor Adorno, who fled Nazi Germany and later commented to much debate "To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric." Co-sponsored by the Department of Modem and Classical Languages and Literatures.
Friday, November 3, 5:30 pm: Menashe (US, 2017) Deep in the heart of New York's ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe, a kind, hapless grocery store clerk, struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son Rieven, after his wife's death. Tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, and Rieven's strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Though Menashe bungles every challenge in his path, the rabbi grants him a chance to prove himself a suitable man of faith and responsible father. In Yiddish and English with English subtitles. 82 minutes. Film Trailer: http://menashem http://menashemovie.com Discussant: film director Joshua Weinstein.Co-Sponsor: Cineculture. Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building). Free parking. Thursday, November 16, 3:30 pm: "King Solomon's Table -Ancient 'Foodies' and the Origins of Modern Jewish Cooking," Library Rm. 3212 Joan Nathan, the award-winning author of eleven cookbooks and host of the PBS series Jewish Cooking in America with Joan Nathan, will give a talk based upon her most recent book, King Solomon's Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking.from Around the World. The book includes recipes that span millennia and the farthest reaches of the Jewish diaspora - from India to France, Italy to Mexico, El Salvador to Israel, and across the United States.
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017
Students left home for college with ‘mixed feelings’ LIVING from Page 3
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“Being raised by immigrant parents in the Central Valley drove my aspiration to aid Valley residents by becoming an attorney.”
We just need to attend the class and learn the lesson after the class,” Da Na said. “Here we have to read an article or book before attending the class.” Da Na said he does not get homesick because he traveled a lot growing up. Coming to college in America was just a new opportunity for him, he said. He said he is getting familiar with the lifestyle and enjoys his experience, so far. “I like Fresno. [It’s] a cool place,” he said. Josefina Gomez, a resident adviser at University Courtyard works closely with the freshmen. She assists students with their transition to college as well as being a resource for them as they live in the dorms. “It is very exciting working with students who just moved in because you get to be a mentor for a lot of the freshman class,” Gomez said. “Sometimes it can be intimidating because some of the students are from different countries, but it’s always exciting to learn from them and help them grow as independent individuals.” The staff helps students gain independence through multiple social and educational events it puts on. The goal is to grow the students’ knowledge of university life while giving them an opportunity to make new friends, Gomez said.
Gomez likes seeing her students actively participating and not being afraid to ask questions. “They see me as a mentor, but most importantly as a student that has been in their shoes,” Gomez said. Daniel Lopez, a freshman living on campus, said goodbye to his home in Merced this past summer. His new life came with mixed feelings. At 17, the kinesiology major started college and living on his own for the first time. “I didn’t really know how to feel. It was kind of different, but I was excited,” he said. He is getting involved as much as he can during his first year. He’s juggling university marching band and 19 units. Lopez said dorm life is completely different from what he expected, mostly alone. But, he said he met friends who he hangs out with in the lobby of his dorm building. With home being just a short drive north, Lopez said, he has had the opportunity to visit family more often. “I’ve gone a few weekends already. My Mom misses me. She cries a lot,” Lopez said. “My Dad [is] like, ‘Call me whenever, I’m fine.’” Lopez said he’s happy he has taken on new experiences in his short time living at the dorms.
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Safety training offers protection plan for students CAMPUS SAFETY from Page 1 possible. All doors should be barricaded with whatever is available, like desks, tables or whatever else is big and can help keep someone from the outside getting into the hiding space. It is also important for those hiding to remain as quiet as possible, Luna said. The final step, “Fight,” should be a last resort. The university released a safety video and broadcasted it to students on its website. It mentions that it is important to find items that can be used as weapons to fight danger. But this step should be avoided if at all possible, she said. The safety training plan is not a static one. It is always being updated based on what is learned from shootings in other places, Luna said. “After Virginia Tech happened, we invited their chief of police to come to our campus and provide a debriefing of what actually happened; a timeline of what folks did to protect themselves in that situation and then we also sat through the briefing from the chief of police from Sandy Hook,” she said. Many students don’t know the program exists. It becomes a problem because little is often known about what to do in an active shooter situation. “During an active shooter, the only thing that I would know to do is try to remain calm,” said Fresno State art student Bobby Brown. “I wouldn’t know exactly what to do. Everybody would like to think that they would be
brave in that moment and charge the gunman and take him down, but usually that’s not the case.” Freshman art student Perla Mondragon said she would be scared in an active shooter situation. “[I] wouldn’t know what to do,” Mondragon said. “It’s a thing that I think not many people are informed on.” Student Moises Ramirez said although he was not yet attended a “Seconds to Survive” training session, he knows what he would do. “My first reaction would be to get out of the school area as quick as possible,” Ramirez said. “That’s what I would do if I heard that was going on.” Senior Mao Lor said she doesn’t worry about Fresno State experiencing an active shooter situation. However, said she thinks the training program might be worth going to. “I kind of trust the school to be safe, so I feel kind of safe. If it works with my schedule, then I would probably check it out,” Lor said. Fresno State also utilizes an alert delivery system called Bulldog Alert to inform students of a dangerous situation. The campus police department sends all students text alerts informing them of what exactly the situation is, and where to go if possible. In addition, loud speakers across the campus are designed to deliver messages to outside crowds and those who might have missed a text alert. Those systems are tested every semester to ensure their efficacy, Luna said.
THE COLLEGIAN • SPORTS
MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017
Kicking the Men’s rugby club week off right aiming for playoffs
By Vanessa Romo @VanesssaRomo
The Fresno State women’s soccer team dominated the weekend, winning games against Nevada and UNLV. This was the first time this season the ‘Dogs picked up two victories in the same weekend. Kicking off the weekend right on Friday, Fresno State took a 4-1 win over UNLV. Sophomore Julia Glaser scored all four goals to tie the program record for most goals in a game. The record was set in 2000 by Jill Pearson. “We stuck to our game plan of putting a lot of pressure on UNLV’s offense, and that really opened up a lot of chances for us,” Glaser said. “It felt amazing to score four goals tonight for my team, but I don’t care who scores the goals as long as we win.” Coming onto the field, UNLV led the Mountain West in shots, points, goals per game, assists and assists per game. None of that intimidated Fresno State. The ‘Dogs were quick to get on the board with a goal by Glaser in the third minute. Keeping up the tempo, Glaser connected with a cross from midfielder, Anna Crawford to secure a 2-0 lead before the half. The Rebels’ Sophie Cortez capitalized on a breakaway to score over the head of Fresno State goalie Nicole Theroux. Glaser got her first hat trick of the season in a penalty kick, extending the ‘Dogs’ lead to 3-1 in the 49th minute. Closing out an outstanding night, Glaser scored a header off a cross from senior forward, Myra Delgadillo. “Our energy on both sides of the ball made all the difference against a strong offensive team like UNLV,”
head coach Brian Zwaschka said. “Our team really worked as a unit tonight to get the offensive looks that Julia was able to capitalize on.” Fresno State brought that momentum into Sunday’s game against Nevada in a 3-1 win. After Glaser scored the first goal in the eighth minute, UNLV’s Mackenzie Robinson connected with the back of the net in the 19th minute. “We got off to a great start and got the early goal we were hoping for,” Zwaschka said. “After Nevada scored the equalizer, we had to buckle down and regroup. I felt like we came out and controlled the second half. Glaser and midfielder Melissa Ellis each recorded a goal in the second half, securing the win. Fresno State is now in seventh place in the Mountain West with a record of 3-3-2 and 8-5-3 overall.
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Fresno State rugby club member Matthew Ogbuehi catches the ball in a game last season.
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Sophomore Julia Glaser playing offense against UNLV at the Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium on Oct. 15, 2017. The ‘Dogs beat UNLV and Las Vegas over the weekend.
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Fresno State men’s rugby is in the midst of yet another season, and the players are looking to build off the success of last year. The program is young, getting its start in 2009. Head coach Patrick Quan said 2016 was the best season so far. Due to the loss of nine players from the previous season, the team is trying to balance being in a rebuilding phase while competing for the playoffs. “We’re just trying to get better. We are a new program,” Quan
said. “We have lost games by over 100 points, so you kind of have to know where we started, and Northern California is a hotbed for rugby in the United States.” Senior Jay Miranda likes what he has seen from his teammates in the early going. “The guys are picking it up fast,” Miranda said. “A lot of them have never played rugby before and because of that, they are real open-minded.” One such player who is new to rugby is senior Hondo Arpoika, a former high school football player. Aproika, who had never played rugby before, showed up at practice two weeks ago after being
asked by a coach to join the team. Arpoika said he was looking to find something to fill the void after he stopped playing football. “The first thing we started doing was hitting pads, and I loved it from there on. From that moment there, it was like perfect,” Arpoika said. The Bulldogs’ youthful squad will look to improve after losing two matches against Stanford and winning over Chico State 55-5 in the PacWest 7’s Tournament at the University of Nevada, Reno. The team’s next action comes Saturday at home against Cal State Fullerton at the Kinesiology Field at 1 p.m.
Former wrestler dead at 45 Former Fresno State wrestler Gary Quintana died after he reportedly had a heart attack last Thursday, according to The Fresno Bee. The 45-year-old graduated from Fresno State in 1997. He won conference championships
and qualified for the NCAA tournament twice as a Bulldog. He graduated from Selma High in 1991 where he was a twotime state finalist and three-time medalist. He was inducted into the Selma Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.
Quintana was the head wrestling coach at Granite Ridge Middle School in Fresno when he died, and he previously had coached at Clovis North, Clovis West and Bullard high schools.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017
Bulldogs shut out New Mexico Lobos at Homecoming
Fresno State freshman running back Jordan Mims runs with the ball on Oct. 14, 2017 against New Mexico. The Bulldogs won 38-0.
By Michael Ford @MFordCollegian
The Fresno State football team put on a show for the returning alumni at Homecoming with a 38-0 shutout win against New Mexico on Saturday. After three empty drives to start the game, the offense flipped the switch. Junior quarterback Marcus McMaryion showcased his arm talent with two touchdown passes, including a 70-yard bomb to Jamire Jordan which opened the scoring for the Bulldogs. The quarterback passed for 171 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter alone. He added a 57-yard run on a third down. He finished with 299 passing yards and three touchdowns. The ‘Dogs jumped out to a 21-0 lead at halftime, in large part due to McMaryion. Not wanting to take all the credit, McMaryion heaped praise upon his teammates for his success through the air.
“Those guys are just out there making plays and making my job a lot easier,” McMaryion said. “I just have to put the ball in the right spot, and those guys are going to make the plays for me.” He wasn’t wrong, but it wasn’t just his receivers making plays. Everyone on the team seemed to get in on the action. Running backs Josh Hokit and Ronnie Rivers split the ground-attack with a combined two rushing touchdowns and 109 yards. The Bulldogs more than doubled up the Lobos on the ground, rushing for a robust 227 yards on 36 attempts to New Mexico’s 109 yards. “They are a tough team to run the ball against,” said Fresno State head coach Jeff Tedford. “They had nine guys on the line of scrimmage, and we got a couple big balls on them, so they started to go with single-high defense.” Not to be overshadowed by the offense, the defense had a field day of its own. As a unit, the ‘Dogs were stifling
against a potent New Mexico attack that ranked fourth in the Mountain West conference in rushing yards. The ‘Dogs’ defense allowed just 322 total yards. “I was really proud of the defense. That’s a hard job to do to stop that group, and to shut them out is a big deal,” Tedford said. Late in the game, the defense had yet to allow the New Mexico offense to reach the Fresno State 20-yard line. At that point, the shutout became important, sophomore defensive back Juju Hughes said. “We don’t like to give things up,” Hughes said. “We have a thing where we wanted to go over 50 percent in the red zone, and that was our only trip down there. It meant a lot to us.” Hughes, the reigning Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week, had a career-high 11 tackles. “This team wants to play, and this team wants to win,” Hughes said. “We play for each other and I think everyone
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can see that right now.” Sophomore safety Mike Bell made his second career start and had a career night, totaling 10 tackles and getting his first career interception. “I come into every game looking to have a great game,” Bell said. “It’s just playing at Homecoming in front of a bigger stage and doing it in front of more people and alumni, so it was pretty cool.” This is the first shutout for the Bulldogs in Mountain West play. They joined the conference in 2012. Fresno State also shut out Incarnate Word 66-0 to start the season, marking the first time since 1988 the team has put up two shutouts in the same season. Fresno State sits in first place in the Mountain West’s West Division as it gets ready to play the second-place San Diego State Aztecs on the road Saturday. The Aztecs lost to Boise State 31-14 at home Saturday. The Bulldogs are 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the Mountain West for the first time since 2013.