Fresno State Ousts ASU
By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The Fresno State Bulldogs out lasted Arizona State 31-20 in the Las Vegas Bowl. Marcus McMaryion ran for a score and completed 15 of 19 passes for 176 yards.
Ronnie Rivers ran for 212 yards and two scores to lead the ground attack for the 12-2 Bulldogs.
“We’ve been emphasizing the word ’finish’ this past week and going out there and finishing the job, getting the 12th win,“ said Rivers the game MVP.
Rivers finished with 286 all-purpose yards (212 rushing, 41in punt returns, and 33 receiving).
On the defensive side the Bulldogs had three players that had 10 or more tackles Jeff Allison (11), George Helmuth (11), and Moreno Valley’s Mike Bell (10).The Bulldogs defense only allowed 63 yards of offense to ASU in the second half. That marked the fifth time this season they held opponents to under 300 yards of offense.
Eno Benjamin rushed for 118 yards for the Sun Devils (7-6). Benjamin also set a school record for the season in rushing with 1,642 yards.