Published Wednesday, September 7, 2011 AT 4:33 PM / Updated at 4:33 PM
A Fresno State primer
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Fresno State coach Pat Hill was in the mood to talk on Wednesday morning. Some nuggets from the Bulldogs as they prepare for Saturday night’s game in Lincoln:

>> Hill has been to Memorial Stadium before, as an assistant coach with Utah in 1980. Nebraska beat the Utes 55-9 to open the season.

>> Known for playing just about anywhere, Fresno State has been to LSU, Tennessee, Oklahoma and USC in recent years. Still, Hill says, “The toughest place I’ve ever played is Hawaii … when it’s really rocking.”

>> Fresno State, already with four new starters on its offensive line, lost its center to a high ankle sprain just minutes into last week’s game against Cal. The Bulldogs moved their right guard to center, their right tackle to right guard and plugged in a freshman at right tackle.

>> All told, 33 of the 66 players that Fresno State took on its first road trip had never before played in a college game. “About as young a team as we’ve had here in a real long time,” Hill said.

>> Hill said the mobility of Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez looked good to him last Saturday. “He outran his fullback to the end zone when he was supposed to be out blocking for him,” Hill said.

>> A pair of option plays hurt Fresno State against Cal, but Hill said the Bulldogs see plenty of option and mobile quarterbacks most seasons. Take out three runs, he said, and Fresno State gave up 60 yards on the other 30 carries.

>> Sophomore quarterback Derek Carr completed 21 of 33 passes for 142 yards in his first career start, with one touchdown and one interception. But Hill said Fresno State had four drops and little or no yards after the catch, and that two of the four sacks were of the Bulldogs’ own doing.

“I thought Derek played well,” Hill said.

We’ll have more on Carr in Thursday’s paper. He’s the younger brother of former Fresno State quarterback David Carr, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft.

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  1. Johnny Vegas says:

    Good work Rich! NU 20 FSU 9

  2. NUCORNDEVIL says:

    i love the direction this offense is going, Saturday looked like the NU/ASU game in Frost’s 3rd game in Az, confusion with the O-Line and audibles…….knowing QB’s didnt call any audibles last year, and all the new faces, this was to be expected.
    good to see Enwua step up and give us hope, Brickhands Kinnie should ask Carl if he could switch to defense, absolutely zero improvement from last year, all passes to him are nailbiters.

  3. Bryan says:

    @Johnny Vegas, if we only beat Fresno St. by a score of 20-9, we are in for a LONG, LONG season. I am going to say that we win this game 45-14. Go Big Red!!!

    1. Justin says:

      I agree Bryan. The would be a huge dissapointment to only score 20. Our offense should much imporved this weekend. Martinez throws for 2 scores this week I believe. Go Big Red!

  4. Long time gone says:

    Sure it wasn’t 1990?

    1. Bryan says:

      I looked it up, and we did beat Utah 55-9 for the opener of 1980. Now, whether Pat Hill was an assistant way back then, I seriously don’t know, as it seems he would have been very young in 1980. Rich, can you clarify this, just because I(we, all who read this) would really like to know. I stand by my 45-14 prediction, but really only care that we play well on “BOTH” sides of the ball. GO BIG RED!!!!!!!

  5. Mountainman@ says:

    Fresno State is in a rebuilding year especially with a green OL. Last year they had one of their best teams and would have given the Huskers a tough game. They came within a whisker of taking out Nevada, but then got destroyed on the Blue Turf 51-0. They could not handle Boise State’s DL and they will have the same problem with Crick & Co. They should do a lot better against the Husker passing attack, tho. Taylor Martinez is no Kellen Moore and the Huskers have no WR’s in the same league as Austin Pettis and Titus Young.

  6. justin says:

    The real season begins in a few more weeks. It’s easy to sore like an eagle when your flying with turkeys. Am bored with them right now.

  7. justin says:

    Anyone heard of the ticket situation for next year? I’ve been told that you have to join all the clubs and the prices are going up. So for me to keep my season tickets its going to be about $300 a week?

  8. HuskerDave says:

    Good article, Rich.
    NU 44, FS 13

  9. randy bartsch says:

    NU 52 FS 6

  10. wa husker says:

    With another inept O-line looming, take any score against FSU we can get. I still think all defenses will stack the box (maybe a little behind the line) since noone need fear T-Mart passes.

  11. Dan says:

    To be fair Fresno State was playing with many players that had never played in a college game before.

    As a fan of Big Red, I still think it is a good sign.