'Dogs Lose Heartbreaker, 50-42
Coach Pat Hill does not believe in moral victories, but if there was such a thing, Fresno State won the biggest one in the history of college football.
Fresno State hung toe to toe with the best team in the nation for four quarters, and nearly sent the game into overtime. But with less than a minute and a half to play, and the Bulldogs driving for the tying score, Paul Pinegar's pass was intercepted in the end zone. It was Pinegar's fourth of the game, all in the second half, and ended Fresno State's comeback effort. The Bulldogs just did not do enough to contain USC and Heisman Trophy candidate Reggie Bush.
The Bulldogs controlled the tempo for the first half en route to a 21-13 halftime lead. USC would not let their 32 game win streak end so easily. The Trojans bounced back in the third quarter, scoring three touchdowns to take a 34-31 lead.
Fresno State did not lie down like many former Trojan opponents. The Bulldogs fought back, and after a costly Bush fumble on a kickoff return, they regained the lead, 42-41, on a 19 yard touchdown run by Wendell Mathis.
The real of story of the game was Bush. The junior tailback racked up a Pac 10 record 513 all-purpose yards, including a career high 294 yards rushing, and two touchdowns. His record breaking performance might have just locked up USC's third Heisman Trophy winner in the last four years.