Pat Hill still has two seasons left on his deal with Fresno State, but fans are growing restless with the coach as he enters his 13th season at the school.
Hill's tough attitude and willingness to take on all comers made him a fan favorite, but the program has never regained its footing since a 50-42 loss at USC in 2005, a spectacular game that secured the Heisman Trophy for Reggie Bush.
The Bulldogs fell hard, a tailspin of 11 losses in 12 games. Overall, they are 20-22 since the loss to the Trojans.
Clearly the momentum is gone and Hill knows it. He interviewed at Washington and openly talked about it. The strategy backfired. Fresno State fans responded by purchasing only 161 tickets for the Bulldogs' appearance in the New Mexico Bowl.
Thirty-three players have kicked a field goal that has either won the game or tied the score on the last play of regulation or overtime since the start of the 2005 season, according to Marty Couvillon of cfbstats.com. But nobody can compare to what Fresno State freshman Kevin Goessling accomplished last Saturday.
Goessling's 58-yard field goal as time expired gave the Bulldogs a 30-28 victory over Utah State. It also was the longest clutch field since the start of the 2005 season. Marty has a complete list available on his site, but here is a partial look.
Could not let the week pass without a look at the incredible feat of Fresno State freshman Kevin Goessling, who kicked a 58-yard field goal on the final play to lift the Bulldogs past Utah State, 30-28. The video starts with Utah State taking a 28-27 lead with 38 seconds left, then jumps to Goessling's kick.
The end of Saturday night's Hawaii-Fresno State game was a beaut. The Bulldogs overcame six turnovers and a 17-point deficit to forge a 29-29 tie at the end of regulation. All Hawaii had to do was overcome the officials.
Fresno had the ball first and after three plays, set up for a field goal by freshman Kevin Goessling. That's where we pick up this video.
Goessling misses, but baits the referee to call a running into the kicker penalty, setting up a second opportunity for Goessling. Guess what? He missed again.
Hawaii's Dan Kelly then booted the winner from 33 yards, giving the Warriors their first road victory over a ranked opponent.
Interesting fact: Hawaii was penalized 10 times for 82 yards. Fresno State was not penalized.