We love our football and we especially love our Fresno State Bulldogs, right?
A few weeks ago we happened to find a website that lists what happened on this day in the past. You know those kind of sites. We were happy to see this entry.
We looked into that game to see if we could find some reporting on it and were surprised to find a bunch of reports about how with just 1 minute and 58 seconds to play, Fresno State’s Sal Mejico ran up the middle on a fourth down attempt, gaining 5 yards. He was 5 yards short of a first down and on the New Mexico 10 yard line.
Had they scored on that drive, they would have probably also have beaten the N.C.A.A. record of scoring 100 points – held by Houston back in 1968!
How cool is that?
But wait, there’s more…
A few years earlier, on November 18, 1989, the same University of New Mexico team
(with a losing record of 1-10)
beat our previously undefeated (10-0) Bulldogs in a game 45 -22.
But wait, there’s even more…
The year before, on September 3, 1988 in the season opener, the same two teams met with Fresno coming out ahead 68-21.
While that might have been that, it became something much much bigger.
Our coach, Jim Sweeney, in an interview just a week later, said something to the effect of “Please don’t judge us on the New Mexico game, because they are baaaaaaaaad.”
And yes, that emphasis is exactly how you read that.
So we have a better understanding now.
In 1988 we beat them and then gloated about it.
In 1989 they come back and beat us – and they did so with us being undefeated and they with a 01-10 record!
But here’s the thing. In that same interview Coach Sweeney unbelievably also said,
“Seriously, we could have scored 100 points.”
Wait! He said what?
There are people who say he cursed the outcome of the 1991 game with that statement. Remember, we were in their red zone in the final minutes of the game with 94 points on the board. Spooky Stuff!
So how are we going to do this week against New Mexico?