LAS VEGAS, NV-Fresno State finished their spectacular season with a tough 31-20 win against Arizona State in the 2018 Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl. Fresno State, concluding its season with a 12-2 record and a No. 21 ranking among NCAA Division I football programs, was paced by the hard running of running back Ronnie Rivers.
Rivers rushed the ball 24 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs past the Sun Devils on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018.
With Arizona State up 20-17 late in the third quarter, Rivers delivered the play of the game when he rushed 68 yards for a touchdown untouched to give Fresno State a lead they would not relinquished. Fresno State would add another score in the fourth quarter to officially put the game away.
Arizona State was paced by runing back Eno Benjamin, who carried the ball 23 times for 118 yards and one touchdown for the Sun Devils. Arizona State finished its season with a 7-6 mark in the first season under head coach Herm Edwards. Benjamin finished the season as the nation’s No. 3 rusher, gaining 1,642 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground.
The game brought an end to the collegiate career of Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins. The dual-threat signal-caller who had much success jumping over defenders as well as throwing the football, had an outstanding 2018 campaign, passing for 3,025 yards and touchdowns. He also added another 452 yards and eight TDS on the ground to flex off his versatility.
In three seasons, Wilkins passed for 8,624 yards and 52 touchdowns. He would rush for another 980 yards and 20 touchdowns during that span.