Oct 6, 2012; Fort Collins, WY, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs nose guard Andy Jennings (98) falls on a fumble by Colorado State Rams quarterback M.J. McPeek (14) during the first quarter. The Bulldogs beat the Rams 28-7. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Las Vegas Bowl Preview: Breaking Down Fresno State’s Defensive Line

It’s bowl week for USC and as the Trojans gear up to face Fresno State in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, we’ll help you study for Saturday’s match up with break downs on everything you need to know about the Bulldogs.

This afternoon, the focus is on the defensive line:

The Fresno State defense is tied for the most sacks in the nation this season, but surprisingly enough, most of those sacks have not come from the line itself. In fact, of the Bulldogs’ 39 sacks, only 7.5 were generated by linemen.

Defensive end Nikko Motta has three sacks to lead the group. Motta, at 6-2, 279, won an All-Mountain West team honorable mention for his efforts this year and prides himself on being a leader on the defense. The senior has logged 38 tackles, seven of which were tackles for loss and he is the only defensive lineman who has an interception for the Bulldogs.

On the other end is Andy Jennings, another senior. Jennings was an All-Mountain West second team selection in 2012 but he missed out on such honors this season. He had 37 tackles, five tackles for loss and a half sack.

The nose guard, Tyeler Davison stands out as a second-team All-Mountain West selection this year. The junior has has not missed a game for the Bulldogs in two seasons and was on the Lombardi Award preseason watchlist.

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