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  10/24/21 - Jake HaenerrSr/2022, Fresno State, 6-0, 195 (DS#20 QB) + More +

  Jake Haener threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns, Jordan Mims ran for 134 yards and a touchdown and Fresno State beat Nevada 34-32 on Saturday. Down 34-26, Nevada's Carson Strong threw a 12-yard scoring pass to Cole Turner to cut the deficit to two points with two seconds left, but the 2-point conversion attempt was caught out of the back of the end zone. The Wolf Pack recovered the onside kick but time expired in the scramble for the ball. Ronnie Rivers' 64-yard touchdown run with 5:08 left in the first quarter gave the Bulldogs (6-2, 3-1 Mountain West Conference) a 7-3 lead and they led the rest of the way. The game featured the two-highest scoring teams in the conference. The teams combined for 984 yards of total offense. Strong completed 49 of 61 pass attempts for 476 yards and four touchdowns for the Wolf Pack (5-2, 2-1). - Fresno State/AP College Football

(DS#20 QB) rSr/2022 QB Jake HaenerFresno State
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  10/16/21 - Evan WilliamsJr/2023, Fresno State, 6-0, 198 (DS#14 FS) + More +

  Evan Williams made two of Fresno State's four interceptions and Wyoming turned the ball over five times as the Bulldogs blanked Wyoming 17-0 on Saturday. Wyoming (4-2, 0-2 Mountain West Conference) was shut out for the first time since being blanked 45-0 by TCU in 2010. The shutout was the second for the Bulldogs (4-3, 1-2) this year, having beaten UConn 45-0 in their season opener, but the first on the road since Nov. 2, 1974, 41-0 over Cal State Northridge. The Bulldogs were slightly outgained by the Cowboys but scored all their points off turnovers, the three scoring drives covering a total of only 50 yards.

The longest of the scoring drives - 41 yards - came after Sean Chambers fumbled on a keeper which led to Jake Haener's 2-yard TD toss to Juan Rodriguez for the only points of the first half. Malachi Langley picked off a tipped pass and returned it 33 yards to the Wyoming 6 and three plays later Haener threw a 3-yard TD pass to Jalen Cropper late in the third quarter. Williams returned another Chambers interception 14 yards to the Cowboys 27 with Cesar Silva kicking a 41-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Fresno State bounced back from a 27-24 loss in its previous game at Hawaii on Oct. 2 that dropped the Bulldogs from the Associated Press Top 25. Chambers threw three of the interceptions along with his lost fumble. - Fresno State/AP College Football


(DS#14 FS) Jr/2023 FS Evan WilliamsFresno State
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  09/28/21 - Jalen CropperJr/2023, Fresno State, 5-11, 172 (DS#40 WR) + More +

  Fresno State's Jalen Cropper joined some elite company by catching four touchdown passes against UNLV. He is among four players in program history to accomplish the feat, a list that includes Davante Adams, now with the Green Bay Packers. Cropper has a TD in six straight games, the first Fresno State player to do it since Adams scored in nine games in a row over the 2012-13 seasons. Delivering the ball to Cropper was Jake Haener, whose five TD passes against UNLV were most in a game by a Bulldogs player since Derek Carr did it in 2013. - AP College Football

(DS#40 WR) Jr/2023 WR Jalen CropperFresno State
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  09/27/21 - Jalen CropperJr/2023, Fresno State, 5-11, 172 (DS#40 WR) + More +

  SEPT 27 MOUNTAIN WEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JALEN CROPPER, FRESNO STATE, Junior, Wide Receiver, Parlier, California/Buchanan HS...Helped lead Fresno State to a 38-30 victory against UNLV in the Bulldogs Mountain West opener...Caught 10 passes for 108 yards and four touchdowns...The four receiving touchdowns tied a Mountain West single-game record, and it is tied for the most in a single FBS game this season...The 24 points scored are the second-most in a single FBS game in 2021 and the most in the MW...Has now scored a touchdown in six-consecutive games, which is tied for fourth-longest streak in league history. - Mountain West Football

(DS#40 WR) Jr/2023 WR Jalen CropperFresno State
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  09/24/21 - Jake HaenerrSr/2022, Fresno State, 6-0, 195 (DS#20 QB) + More +

  When the game was on the line, Fresno State kept going to a familiar formula. Jake Haener threw four TD passes in the second half to Jalen Cropper and No. 22 Fresno State rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat winless UNLV 38-30 on Friday night. The Bulldogs (4-1, 1-0 Mountain West) started slow in their return to the AP poll for the first time since 2018 before Haener once again took over the game in the second half.

One week after throwing for 455 yards, including a go-ahead TD pass with 14 seconds left to Jalen Cropper, in a 40-37 win at No. 13 UCLA, that combo delivered again with four TDs in the second half. "I just feel like there's a lot of trust between me and Jake on and off the field," Cropper said. "I feel like just everything we do from on and off the field to whatever we do in our relationship, I think that ties into what we do on the field." Haener connected on scoring strikes of 4, 23 and 25 yards to Cropper on three straight possessions to turn a 21-9 deficit in to a 29-21 lead. Then, after UNLV (0-4, 0-1) battled back to take a 30-29 lead on Daniel Gutierrez's 30-yard field goal with 6:38 to play, Haener and Cropper struck again with a 26-yard TD that made it 35-30 with 4:53 to play. Haener finished the game 30 for 42 for 378 yards and five TDs. - Fresno State/AP College Football


(DS#20 QB) rSr/2022 QB Jake HaenerFresno State
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  09/21/21 - Jake HaenerrSr/2022, Fresno State, 6-0, 195 (DS#20 QB) + More +

  SEPT 20 MOUNTAIN WEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JAKE HAENER, FRESNO STATE, Senior, Quarterback, Danville, California/Washington,...Led Fresno State to a 40-37 road victory at No. 13/13 UCLA, the highest ranked opponent the Bulldogs have defeated since 2004 (No. 13 Kansas State)...Completed 39 passes for 455 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning 13-yard touchdown pass with 14 seconds remaining...The 455 passing yards are the fourth-most by a FBS quarterback in a single game this season, while the 39 completions are second-most...The Bulldogs are nationally ranked for the first time since 2018, earning a No. 22 ranking in the AP Top 25 and No. 25 in the USA TODAY AFCA Coaches Poll. - Mountain West Football

(DS#20 QB) rSr/2022 QB Jake HaenerFresno State
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  09/19/21 - Jake HaenerrSr/2022, Fresno State, 6-0, 195 (DS#20 QB) + More +

  Jake Haener transferred out of Washington to Fresno State and turned into a Pac-12 killer. The Bulldogs quarterback engineered two late touchdown drives to upset No. 13 UCLA and turn Pac-12 After Dark into a debacle for the West's Coast Power Five conference. San Diego State beat Utah in three overtimes, No. 23 BYU won at No. 19 Arizona State, with the help of an amazing chase-down by Tyson Allgeier, and Northern Arizona beat Arizona for the first time in almost 90 years. But nothing was worse than the UCLA loss. Just two weeks ago the Bruins knocked off LSU and seemed on the way to a big season under Chip Kelly. Then Haener, playing through pain, put on one of the performances of the season, throwing for 455 yards and two touchdowns. The Pac-12 is 16-16 in nonconference games, including three losses to BYU, five against Mountain West teams - such as Fresno State - and two to FCS schools. - AP College Football

(DS#20 QB) rSr/2022 QB Jake HaenerFresno State
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  09/19/21 - Jake HaenerrSr/2022, Fresno State, 6-0, 195 (DS#20 QB) + More +

  Fresno State's Jake Haener was able to overcome a crushing hit to his right hip to lead the Bulldogs to an upset victory over No. 13 UCLA. Haener threw for 455 yards, including the go-ahead touchdown pass to Jalen Cropper with 14 seconds remaining, as the Bulldogs beat the Bruins 40-37 Saturday night at the Rose Bowl. "We know he's tough, right. We've seen that over the course of last year and this year. He's tough," Fresno State coach Kalen DeBoer said. "When the pressure was great, he was at his best and that's what's awesome." Haener had to be at his best in a game that saw four lead changes over the final 7:27 after the Bulldogs had a 23-10 lead at halftime.

Fresno State finished the job against a Pac-12 program after leading then-No. 11 Oregon in the fourth quarter two weeks ago before losing. "I mean, we just made one more play, right? We made one more play," DeBoer said. "Fifty-four seconds that I just think about what our guys are capable of doing, it didn't feel like it was too big of a feat at all." Haener's 19-yard strike to Erik Brooks put Fresno State back in front 33-30 with 2:55 remaining, but he was wincing in pain on the ground after taking numerous hits throughout the night. After UCLA regained the lead with 54 seconds left on Dorian Thompson-Robinson's 15-yard pass to Kyle Phillips, a limping Haener directed a six-play, 75-yard drive that gave the Bulldogs (3-1) their fourth straight win over the Bruins. "He was a pretty mobile quarterback. We struggled to keep him in the pocket," UCLA cornerback Qwuantrezz Knight said. - Fresno State/AP College Football


(DS#20 QB) rSr/2022 QB Jake HaenerFresno State
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  09/12/21 - Jake HaenerrSr/2022, Fresno State, 6-0, 195 (DS#20 QB) + More +

  Jake Haener matched a career high with four touchdown passes, and he ran for two scores to lead Fresno State to a 63-10 victory over Cal Poly on Saturday night. Haener was 17-of-22 passing for 380 yards, and two of his scoring throws were over 50 yards. He added touchdown runs of 2 and 1 yard and finished with 11 yards rushing. Josh Kelly made three receptions for 128 yards with two touchdowns for Fresno State (2-1).

Zane Pope, Jalen Cropper and Keric Wheatfall also made a TD catch. Ronnie Rivers, the nation's active leader in career touchdowns with 46, had a 6-yard touchdown run for Fresno State early in the third quarter. He had 64 yards rushing on 14 carries. Spencer Brasch completed 18 of 33 passes for 212 yards for Cal Poly (1-1). He threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Chris Coleman in the second quarter. It was the eighth straight victory for the Bulldogs in the series but the first since 2013. - Fresno State/AP College Football


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  08/30/21 - Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#13 RB) + More +

  In January, Ronnie Rivers announced on Twitter that he would be returning for one more season with the Fresno State Bulldogs. After all, there was some unfinished business left for Rivers. Heading into the Bulldogs' opener, Rivers shared the record with Anthony Daigle, who played from 1991-1993, for the most career touchdowns in Fresno State history. But it didn't take long for the fifth-year running back to break that record, as Rivers caught a 61-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jake Haener to score touchdown No. 45, en route to the Bulldogs' 45-0 shutout win over the UConn Huskies on Saturday afternoon.

It came at a special moment as fans were finally allowed back into Bulldog Stadium for the first time since 2019. Among the crowd was his family, which included his father, Fresno State football hall of famer Ron Rivers. "This is my last season," Rivers said. "To be able to play in front of Bulldog fans again was great. I know a lot of guys were excited and brought the energy. We can't wait until the next home game when they're out there again." Haener said he was waiting to throw the ball to Rivers for his record-breaking touchdown. Rivers missed his chance last season during a game against Nevada. He ran the ball into the endzone for what would have been the touchdown No. 45 for him, but officials called the play back due to an illegal block by Haener. "I'm happy for Ronnie," Haener said. "He works really hard on his craft and he's really fun to be around." - The Collegian


(DS#13 RB) rSr/2022 RB Ronnie RiversFresno State
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  08/28/21 - Jake HaenerrSr/2022, Fresno State, 6-0, 195 (DS#20 QB) + More +

  Jake Haener threw for three touchdowns and 331 yards and Fresno State started its 100th year of football with a 45-0 win over Connecticut on Saturday. Haener left the contest on the Bulldogs' first drive of the second half due to apparent leg cramps as temperatures on the field reached 120 degrees. Haener, a transfer from Washington, threw all his TD passes in the second quarter and by intermission had 299 passing yards.

Haener threw a short crossing route to Jalen Cropper who weaved and outraced the defense for an 86-yard score to make it 28-0 just before halftime. Fresno State struck first with 2:52 left in the first quarter when defensive end Arron Mosby sacked quarterback Zac Zergiotis, forced a fumble then ran it back 31 yards for a 7-0 lead. Zergiotis threw for 61 yards. The Huskies (0-1) made their first-ever trip to Fresno, California. The contest marked their first game since Nov. 30, 2019. The team's last win occurred Oct. 26, 2019 when it beat UMass 56-35. - Fresno State/AP College Football


(DS#20 QB) rSr/2022 QB Jake HaenerFresno State
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  07/26/21 - Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#13 RB) + More +

  Fresno State running back Ronnie Rivers announced his decision to return for a second senior season on social media, and since has not talked much about it. There obviously is a lot out there for the Bulldogs' back, who is close to setting a number of school records including career touchdowns and the potential for another championship season. But from a family dynamic, what is more important: surpassing the rushing total racked up by his father, Ron, who was the all-time leading rusher at Fresno State before playing in the NFL for six seasons; or putting up numbers to a point that his little brother Devon, who just completed a dynamic sophomore season at Heritage High in Brentwood, will find them to be out of reach no matter where he decides to play his college football? "I would say both," Rivers said on Thursday at the Mountain West Conference media days.

Both at this point are possible in a Fresno State offense that returns more than 90% of its passing, rushing and receiving production. Ronnie Rivers, who was the only Fresno State player selected to the Mountain West preseason all-conference team this year, needs 844 rushing yards to match the 3,473 his father churned out from 1991 to '93. He already has scored 44 touchdowns, tied with Anthony Daigle for the most in school history, and with a solid season can end up in the Bulldogs' Top 5 for career rushing touchdowns, rushing yards and all-purpose yards. Rivers has put up those numbers despite splitting time his first two seasons with Jordan Mims and Josh Hokit - he has only 42.4% of the rushing plays by Bulldogs' running backs over his career. - Fresno Bee


(DS#13 RB) rSr/2022 RB Ronnie RiversFresno State
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  07/23/21 - Ronnie RiversrSr/2022, Fresno State, 5-08, 195 (DS#13 RB) + More +

  Fresno State could be a surprise team in 2021 with that offense. Rivers, who led the conference with 136.3 all-purpose yards per game last season, has landed on watch lists for the Maxwell Award and the Doak Walker Award and the Bulldogs return more than 90% of their rushing and receiving production. They might have to win high-scoring games, just as they did in 2013 when going 11-2 despite allowing 30.3 points per game. But they are capable with better health and continuity up front. Fresno State had the same starting lineup on the offensive line its first four games of 2020, but started different groups in its final two games, a recurring theme over the past two seasons. In 2019, the Bulldogs had four players start at least one game at left guard and three start at least one game at left tackle, center and right guard. "I really think we're going to have a big jump," DeBoer said. "Not only do I think we'll have more depth, but I think that our top-end guys are another year older." - Fresno Bee

(DS#13 RB) rSr/2022 RB Ronnie RiversFresno State
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  05/01/21 - Jake HaenerrSr/2022, Fresno State, 6-0, 195 (DS#20 QB) + More +

  Fresno State has not recruited a high school quarterback who has made it from signing day to his senior year since Derek Carr in 2009, a head-scratching run for a program built largely on homegrown talent at the position with a long line of four-, three- and two-year starters. But as Fresno State finishes up its 15 spring practices this week, the Bulldogs are dropping serious hints that in a coronavirus-impacted recruiting season with no on-campus official visits and no face-to-face time they have hit a home run with Chaminade-West Hills quarterback Jaylen Henderson.

The Bulldogs moved redshirt freshman quarterback Jalen Early to tight end, are in no rush to fill an open scholarship in their quarterbacks room and essentially have set up Henderson to compete with redshirt freshman Logan Fife for the No. 2 spot behind starter Jake Haener when Henderson hits campus this summer. "We really like what Jaylen brings, both the physical aspect and also the mental aspect," coach Kalen DeBoer said. "He's just so mature. He's a great leader and he just has a desire to be great in every way. We're fired up, and we're counting on him to have a fast learning curve and understand our offense and make that next step from high school to college in a hurry." - Fresno Bee


(DS#20 QB) rSr/2022 QB Jake HaenerFresno State
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  03/21/21 - Aaron MosbyrSr/2022, Fresno State, 6-3, 246 (DS#50 DE) + More +

  Arron Mosby is lining up at defensive end this spring, a move that has been anticipated since he came into the program five years ago as a highly regarded safety from Sanger High. He also is wearing No. 3, not No. 15, the number worn by former Bulldogs' defensive end/linebacker Mykal Walker, the fourth-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2020 NFL Draft. Mosby, who is up to 247 pounds, gives the Bulldogs another dynamic presence off the edge, coming off a season in which they were third in the nation with 4.2 sacks per game. The challenge this spring, he said, will be working on his hands and dealing with a 300-pound tackle on every play. "I'm trying to learn from those guys, (David) Perales, Kevin Atkins, Kwami (Jones), those three main guys right there that are really holding down the D-line," Mosby said. "Me, I'm just trying to help the team out as much as I can. Moving to D-end is a huge step, but I'm ready for the challenge." - Fresno Bee

(DS#50 DE) rSr/2022 DE Aaron MosbyFresno State
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