Fresno State would like to forget about ever playing in Boise this season. After suffering a humiliating 51-0 loss earlier this season to Boise State, the Bulldogs were routed on the blue turf again, this time a 40-17 loss to Northern Illinois in the Humanitarian Bowl.
After being held in its first possession and trailing 7-0 after a Fresno TD drive, Northern Illinois scored on its next 7 possessions and weren't stopped again until late in the 4th quarter.
The ground game was the difference in the game, as Fresno State could only muster 74 yards on the ground, compared to Northern Illinois' 203 rushing yards. The Huskies also won the turnover battle 1-0.
The Huskies QB Chandler Harnish was an efficient 17-26 for 300 yards and 1 TD through the air. Harnish also added 72 rushing yards and 2 TD's to Chad Spann's 95 rushing yards and 2 TDs.
Some in the Valley have shared their discontent with Pat Hill and Fresno's inability to get over the hump. Our own Zach Bloxham stated after the game, "Pat Hill can always beat BCS teams or at least battle with them, but always seems to lose games like this to non-AQs." Was Pat Hill's extension the right thing to do for the university? Or like Ralph Friedgen at Maryland, might a move be needed to go from good to great?