For Fresno State football, Boise State is ‘team … to beat’

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By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman


Fresno State’s football program is trying to end seven years of losing to Boise State by not dwelling on the importance of the game.

Still, the pressure is unavoidable. Second-year coach Tim DeRuyter might not be in Fresno if not for predecessor Pat Hill’s 1-10 record against Boise State.

“As I travel along the (Central Valley), there’s one team the people in the Valley want to beat,” DeRuyter said, “and it’s this one.”

DeRuyter said it’s possible his team will be too amped for the Boise State game, which is at 7:01 p.m. Friday (ESPN) at Bulldog Stadium.

“But it’s our job as coaches to temper that,” he said. “Since last year when we lost to Boise, it’s stuck in our guys’ craw. With our history over the last 10 years, within the community, there’s a lot of feelings toward this game. One of the things I keep reminding our guys each week, and we’ll continue it again this week, is that this year’s team is 0-0 against Boise. Every year’s a different year. There’s no memory — it’s like flipping a coin, the coin doesn’t remember it was tails and tails and tails, so it’s got to come up heads — no, there’s no memory, and our players have to be that way. Can they allow the memory to affect them? Sure, but it’s our job as coaches not to let that happen.”

Senior quarterback Derek Carr said he focused too much on the rivalry in last year’s game, a 20-10 loss in Boise.

Carr, who was the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year last season, was 29-of-43 for 266 yards and a touchdown with an interception in Boise.

“The past two years I’ve thought about those things way too much,” he said. “I’m more mature now, talking with coaches and stuff, preparing for this game — treating it like another game. Being older, this being my almost 30th start, I’ve learned how to prepare more mentally now for games than I did last year. I got caught up in all that stuff. When I went out to the Boise game last year, it wasn’t just like another game. I got caught up way too much in my head.

“… It is just another game, and I know you guys are getting sick of me saying that, but it really is. I’m glad I can say that and have more peace in my heart about it than saying it last year and not really feeling that way.”

Fresno State QB Derek Carr

Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter


— DeRuyter on No. 25 ranking in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll: “It’s a nice feeling, but I’m not sure it’s fully deserved yet. … We’ve got to go earn it.”

— DeRuyter on Boise State’s defense: “Pete Kwiatkowski’s done a great job over the years of being very, very physical. Their safety (Jeremy Ioane) is as physical a safety as there is in this league.”

— Carr on his improvement: “Turning on the film from last year makes me sick when I look at myself. I like how I’m playing this year.”



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Boise State at Fresno State

When: 7:01 p.m. MT Friday

Where: Bulldog Stadium (41,031, FieldTurf), Fresno, Calif.

TV: ESPN (Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell, Allison Williams)

Radio: KBOI (670AM), KKGL (96.9 FM); Bob Behler, Pete Cavender

Records: Boise State is 2-1 overall, 1-0 Mountain West; Fresno State is 2-0, 0-0

Rankings: Fresno State is ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.

Series: Boise State leads 11-4 (BSU 20-10, 2012 in Boise)

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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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