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LA Bowl: Fresno State 29, Washington State 6

(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

By JOE REEDY
AP Sports Writer

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Jordan Mims rushed for a career-high 205 yards and two scores, Jake Haener threw two TD passes and Fresno State completed the biggest in-season turnaround in Football Bowl Subdivision history with a 29-6 victory over Washington State in the LA Bowl.

Fresno State - which won the Mountain West Conference title - is the first team to get to 10 wins after dropping four of the first five. The Bulldogs (10-4) were 1-4 in early October before winning their final nine games.

Mims accounted for 232 all-purpose yards and outgained Washington State, which had 182 offensive yards. Both of Mims' touchdowns were on direct snaps out of the Wildcat formation.

Early in the second quarter, the senior went 4 yards around left end to give the Bulldogs a 14-0 advantage. In the fourth quarter, he carried it 2 yards up the middle to make it 29-6.

Haener completed 24 of 36 passes for 284 yards in his final game for Fresno State. The senior connected with Zane Pope on a 22-yard touchdown to complete the Bulldogs' opening possession. He added an 11-yard score to Nikko Remigio late in the third quarter to extend the lead to 22-6.

Cameron Ward was 22 of 32 for 137 yards for Washington State (7-6).

Nakia Watson rushed for 33 yards and had the Cougars only touchdown in the third quarter, when he scored from 1 yard to bring Washington State within 16-6.

GETTING DEFENSIVE

Fresno State made it 16-0 on Washington State's ensuing possession with a safety. On third-and-14 from the Cougars' 3-yard line, Ward was pressured by Bulldogs' defensive lineman Leonard Payne Jr. and stepped on the end line in the back of the end zone.

It was the second time in the last three games the Bulldogs have scored on a safety.

THE TAKEAWAY

Fresno State: The Bulldogs have won four straight bowl games and have their second consecutive season with double-digit victories. It also completes a great first year for Jeff Tedford, who is in his second stint at Fresno State after Kalen DeBoer left for Washington.

Washington State: The Cougars have dropped their last three bowl games but were short-handed after both coordinators left for other positions. Washington State also was impacted at wide receiver and linebacker with players opting out of the game or putting their name in the transfer portal.

December 17, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter WashStFres
Fres TD 11:54 Zane Pope 22 yard TD pass from Jake Haener (Abraham Montano Extra Point) 0 7
Second Quarter WashStFres
Fres TD 12:52 Jordan Mims 4 yard TD run (Andre Meono Extra Point) 0 14
Fres SF 11:14 Team safety 0 16
Third Quarter WashStFres
WashSt TD 3:40 Nakia Watson 1 yard TD run (Renard Bell 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 6 16
Fres TD 0:36 Nikko Remigio 11 yard TD pass from Jake Haener (Andre Meono Kick Failed) 6 22
Fourth Quarter WashStFres
Fres TD 8:29 Jordan Mims 2 yard TD run (Abraham Montano Extra Point) 6 29
Team Stats
  Washington State Fresno State
First downs 13 26
  Rushing 5 11
  Passing 7 14
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 3-14, 21% 6-12, 50%
4th down efficiency 1-3, 33% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 29-45 32-217
Passing Yards 137 284
Return Yards 75 0
Completions-Attempts-Int 22-31-1 24-36-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 5-30 4-31
Punts 5 4
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 7-53 6-29
Washington State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Ward 22 31 137 0 1
Fresno State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Haener 24 36 284 2 0
Washington State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
N. Watson 14 33 2.4 1
D. Paine 2 16 8.0 0
J. Jenkins 1 0 0.0 0
C. Ward 12 -4 -0.3 0
Fresno State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Mims 18 206 11.4 2
M. Sherrod 8 24 3.0 0
J. Haener 6 -13 -2.2 0
Washington State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Ferrel 10 65 6.5 0
L. Victor 5 29 5.8 0
B. Riviere III 1 21 21.0 0
L. Smithson 3 18 6.0 0
N. Watson 1 5 5.0 0
T. Nunnally 1 4 4.0 0
R. Bell 1 -5 -5.0 0
Fresno State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
N. Remigio 5 84 16.8 1
Z. Pope 4 66 16.5 1
J. Moreno-Cropper 4 42 10.5 0
E. Brooks 3 40 13.3 0
J. Mims 2 27 13.5 0
R. Pauwels Jr. 4 22 5.5 0
M. Sherrod 1 3 3.0 0
M. Dalena 1 0 0.0
0
Washington State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Fresno State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
L. Early 1 0
Washington State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Haberer 5 241 48.2
Fresno State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Meono 3 123 41.0
C. King 1 29 29.0
Washington State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Ferrel 1 10 10.0
Fresno State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
N. Remigio 1 0 0
Washington State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Victor 4 65 16.3
Fresno State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Washington State Missed FG
Player Length
Fresno State Missed FG
Player Length
A. Montano 36




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