The Fresno State football team is coming off of two tough losses to start the season. The first was a 52-13 loss to USC and the latest was a 59-27 loss to Utah last Saturday in Salt Lake City. Heading into this week’s game against Nebraska, head coach Tim DeRuyter held his Monday morning press conference.
The Bulldogs’ head coach started by touching on the Utah game. “Obviously we didn’t get it done. We were beat in all three phases of the game.” We got some areas we’ve got to straighten out, we have identified those and we’re going to take care of things this week,” DeRuyter said.
After the two losses, DeRuyter is searching for a way to lead his team back from a disappointing start. “It’s easy to lead when you win 10 games, you win a couple conference titles, it’s hard when you get punched in the nose and you start questioning and that’s where we’re at right now” DeRuyter said.
The Bulldogs have used the quarterback by committee system so far this young season and it’s still unclear if the team will do the same on Saturday against Nebraska. “It’s going to be a situation where we are going to evaluate again this week and see where we’re at come Saturday,” DeyRuyter said.
Quarterbacks Brian Burrell and Brandon Connette have struggled so far this season, but both played better last week against Utah. Burrell was 8 of 16 with 106 yards, two TD’s and zero interceptions on Saturday. Connette completed 16 of 24 for 177 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions against Utah.
Nebraska Game Quick Hits
The Bulldogs will welcome the Nebraska Cornhuskers to Bulldog Stadium on Saturday night.
The Bulldogs and Cornhuskers will meet for only the second time in school history with Nebraska winning the first contest 49-29 at Lincoln in 2011.
Perhaps the Bulldogs can find the answers to some of those questions mentioned by coach DeRuyter while in the friendly confines of Bulldog Stadium as Fresno State’s active 13-game home-winning streak is the second longest in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Northern Illinois holds the longest active home-winning streak at 27 games.
Nebraska is ranked No. 21 in the USA Today poll which gives the Bulldogs a shot at ending their 17-game losing streak against top 25 opponents.
Saturday will mark the third time Fresno State has hosted a Big Ten team at Bulldog Stadium and the 11th overall against the conference.
Kickoff is at 7:30PM PST on Saturday at Bulldog Stadium.