In 2001, Fresno State made a run at breaking into the Bowl Championship Series by beating big-name teams.
The Bulldogs are at it again.
Fresno State's 45-21 upset of No. 13 Kansas State yesterday in Manhattan, Kan., was its second victory over a team from a BCS conference in seven days -- and its seventh since the BCS was established in 1999.
With the big payday a BCS bowl guarantees, perhaps it's fitting that Coach Pat Hill used a poker metaphor to describe his team's situation.
"We are still at the main table," Hill said. "We were all in. We picked up all their chips, and now we've got a bigger pile -- and next week we'll go all in again."
Fresno State (2-0) didn't have to catch many breaks against the Wildcats, either. After giving up an early touchdown on Bret Jones's 42-yard interception return, the Bulldogs dominated the defending Big 12 Conference champions the rest of the game.
" I've been here for 16 years," Kansas State Coach Bill Snyder said. "You can remember some of the 1-10 and 5-6 [seasons]. We never had a football team that just got beat up as badly as we did today."
Bulldogs running back Dwayne Wright scored two touchdowns before tearing a tendon in his right knee in the fourth quarter, sidelining him for the season.
Bryson Sumlin was originally credited with Wright's second touchdown, but Kansas State officials gave the score to Wright after reviewing the tape.
Paul Pinegar threw two touchdown passes to Matt Rivera and ran for another score, and Sumlin added one touchdown run in Fresno State's biggest win over a ranked team -- and the Wildcats' worst regular season nonconference loss in 13 years.
* GEORGIA TECH 28, CLEMSON 24: Reggie Ball threw an 11-yard pass to Calvin Johnson with 11 seconds left to give the visiting Yellow Jackets (2-0, 1-0 ACC) a win over the No. 20 Tigers (1-1, 1-1).
Johnson, a freshman, reached high over the Tigers' Justin Miller just inside the goal line near the left sideline to haul in his third touchdown of the game.
The winning score came a play after Clemson's Geoff Rigsby's fourth-down snap skipped past punter Cole Chason, who had to fall on the loose ball deep in his own territory.
The Tigers still had one more chance. Airese Currie returned the kickoff to the Georgia Tech 31 with three seconds to go. But Charlie Whitehurst's pass to Kelvin Grant fell incomplete as three Yellow Jackets swarmed the receiver in the end zone.
The wild game saw five touchdowns in the final 81/2 minutes, including three scores by Georgia Tech in the final 4:36.
The Yellow Jackets would have been out of it without Johnson and Ball. They connected for an eight-yard touchdown pass with 1:50 left.
Georgia Tech didn't come near recovering the onside kick and the game looked lost, especially after Whitehurst ran for nine yards on a keeper on the next play.
But the Yellow Jackets stopped the Tigers for no gain twice, forcing Clemson to punt.
Rigsby's snap never got any height and skipped right past Chason, who just fell on it at the Tigers 11.
The stunned crowd at Death Valley didn't even have time to collect its breath before Ball found Johnson for the winning score.
* TEXAS 22, ARKANSAS 20: Cedric Benson rushed for 188 yards and scored two touchdowns and the visiting No. 7 Longhorns took advantage of a late Razorbacks fumble deep in Texas territory to preserve a win.
The Longhorns turned their old-time rivals back three times in the final 9:58 after Arkansas closed within two. Razorback quarterback Matt Jones gave up the crucial fumble and Texas recovered at the 8 with three minutes left.
Jones was intercepted on the game's final play, a desperation heave toward the end zone.
Texas (2-0) earned long-term bragging rights in a border-state rivalry that dates from the days of the old Southwest Conference. The teams are off each others' schedule after this season and no renewal has been planned.
* OHIO STATE 24, MARSHALL 21: Mike Nugent's 55-yard field goal as time expired lifted the ninth-ranked Buckeyes at home.
With the game tied, Ohio State (2-0) took over at its 45 after a poor punt by Marshall (0-2) with 25 seconds left.
Justin Zwick found Santonio Holmes -- who had 10 catches for 218 yards and two touchdowns -- for gains of nine and eight yards. Zwick then completed a five-yard pass to tight end Ryan Hamby, with the clock continuing to run because the Buckeyes were out of timeouts.
* USC 49, COLORADO STATE 0: LenDale White gained 123 yards on 14 carries and scored a career-high three touchdowns to lead the top-ranked Trojans (2-0) at home.
The win was USC's 22nd in 23 games and 11th straight -- the second-longest active winning streak among Division I-A schools behind Boise State's 13.
* OKLAHOMA 63, HOUSTON 13: Jason White threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns, and Antonio Perkins tied the NCAA record with his eighth career punt return for a touchdown as the No. 2 Sooners (2-0) rolled at home.
* GEORGIA 20, SOUTH CAROLINA 16: David Greene struggled early but finished with 213 yards passing and two touchdown passes, leading the third-ranked Bulldogs on the road.
Georgia (2-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) looked flat from the beginning and trailed 16-0 before finding its rhythm late in the second quarter.
* LSU 53, ARKANSAS STATE 3: The sixth-ranked Tigers (2-0) rolled up 461 total yards and scored the first six times they touched the football in Baton Rouge, La.
LSU scored on every possession of the first half until they sent in third-string quarterback Matt Flynn.
* WEST VIRGINIA 45, CENTRAL FLORIDA 20: Rasheed Marshall completed 14 of 18 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns to lead the No. 10 Mountaineers in Orlando.
Marshall also ran for a score.
West Virginia (2-0) lost running back Kay-Jay Harris early to a leg injury. Harris set the school and Big East records with 337 yards rushing in the opener last week. In the absence of the native of nearby Tampa, Jason Colson ran for 108 yards and a score.
* FLORIDA 49, EASTERN MICHIGAN 10: Chris Leak threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns in the rain, leading the No. 11 Gators in their hurricane-delayed season opener.
Leak, whose 6-3 record was the best of any freshman quarterback in the nation last year, completed 16 of 25 passes before being replaced by Galvin Dickey at the start of the fourth quarter.
* CALIFORNIA 41, NEW MEXICO STATE 14: J.J. Arrington ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns, and Aaron Rodgers completed 19 of 26 passes for 260 yards and two scores as the No. 12 Golden Bears won at home.
* IOWA 17, IOWA STATE 10: Ed Hinkel made a diving, fingertip catch for a key touchdown, and the No. 16 Hawkeyes stiffened on defense when they needed to most in Iowa City.
Iowa (2-0) forced Iowa State to kick field goals four times after the Cyclones had driven deep into Hawkeyes territory. But Brian Jansen, a freshman walk-on, missed three of those kicks.
* AUBURN 43, MISSISSIPPI STATE 14: Carnell Williams ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns, and Ronnie Brown added 147 yards rushing to lead the No. 18 Tigers in Starksville, Miss.
Auburn (2-0, 1-0 SEC) won its fourth straight in the series, the last three by an average of nearly 30 points, and this time the Tigers used a punishing ground game that took advantage of poor tackling by Mississippi State (1-1, 0-1).
* WISCONSIN 18, UNLV 3: Jim Leonhard returned a blocked field goal 86 yards for a score, and the No. 21 Badgers (2-0) used two safeties to hold on for the home win.
* MINNESOTA 37, ILLINOIS STATE 21: Marion Barber III and Laurence Maroney each surpassed 100 yards rushing for the fifth time in 15 games together as the 22-ranked Golden Gophers (2-0) won at home.
* INDIANA 30, OREGON 24: Matt LoVechhio threw for a touchdown, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 91 yards and another score as the visiting Hoosiers won their second straight to start a season since 1996.
* PURDUE 59, BALL STATE 7: In West Lafayette, Ind., Kyle Orton threw for a career-high five touchdowns and ran for another to lead the No. 25 Boilermakers.
Orton completed his first 15 passes and threw for 329 yards in just over two quarters for Purdue (2-0).