3. Fresno State could’ve blown this, and didn’t
Arizona State had the momentum going its way.
Just when it seemed like Fresno State was going to take the lead and full control of the game, Dejonte O’Neal managed to fumble the ball into the end zone as he was diving in for the touchdown.
But the defense held, Fresno State got the ball back, and QB Marcus Marcus McMaryion – who doesn’t throw interceptions with just three all season long – threw a pick.
Again, Fresno State could’ve buckled, but the defense held ASU to a field goal.
And then McMaryion did it again, with a strange play where he tried to do too much – he threw another pick.
Again, the defense came up big.
Fresno State didn’t panic, settled down, and scored the last 14 points on Ron Rivers touchdown runs from 68 and five yards out to take down the bowl win.
This was the Fresno State team this season. To go cornball, it showed the heart of a champion to win this by double-digits.