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Monday, 03 September 2012 02:05

BULLDOG STADIUM - The Tim DeRuyter era began Saturday night at Bulldog Stadium in front of twenty-eight thousand fans and former FSU coach, Jim Sweeney. Fresno's new coach didn't want to wait for the cue from game operations to blast the fog and rushed his team onto the field. In doing so, he lost one of his right shoe and sunglasses with his first steps out of the tunnel, but slapped the backs of all his players as they passed him. The remainder of the coach's first night at Bulldog Stadium was quite impressive as Fresno States's new offense and defense quickly dismantled Weber State.

In their first three possessions of the night, Fresno State marched into the end zone with 21 unanswered points. Junior quarterback Derek Carr started the evening on the three yard line with his first play of the season, a 32 yard pass to Marcel Jensen for a first down. The first possession ended with a completed pass to red shirt Davante Adams, who had replaced other players out for disciplinary reasons, for a 27 yard run into the end zone.

On Weber State's second chance they were three plays and punt which started the Carr & Rouse Show for the Bulldogs. Over the next three and a half minutes Robbie Rouse took hand-off after hand-off from Carr to rush 74 yard for Fresno State's second score of the first quarter. In just the first quarter, Fresno State had 10 first downs with 20 plays for 218 yards.

The second quarter was more of the same as on the Bulldogs third possession, Rouse again rushed into the end zone for his second touch down of the evening. Early in the second quarter Weber State was able to successful get within field goal range and Shawn McClain put one up from the 40 yard line to get the Wildcats on the board with three. But Dogs treed those cats before the half with a field goal of their own off the foot of Quen Breshears from the 39 yard line.

Fresno State started the second half a little flat with a 3 and punt first possession. Weber State capitalized on the daze half time put on the Dogs and in 9 plays and nearly four and a half minutes. The Wildcats got a touch down of their own when quarterback Mike Hoke connected with Shaydon Kehano for a 36 yard pass.

The Bulldogs woke up from their slumber when Hoke threw an interception into the hands of Fresno State's Sean Alston. It only took Derek Carr one play to tack on another touchdown, again to Adams for 38 yards.

Weber State answered back with another 3 and punt possession to put the Dogs on their own 31 yard line. For the next 69 yards Carr changed dance partners and he and Milton Knox used the next ten plays to score the Bulldogs fifth touchdown and final score of the night 37-10.

Fresno State rushed for 217 yards and went airborne for 298 yards on the night with Carr completing 20 for 25. Robbie Rouse rushed for 123 yards and averaged 5.6 yards per carry. Adams had 118 yards in receiving and along with Rouse had two touchdowns on the night.

Former Fresno State Coach Jim Sweeney was in the stands celebrating his 82nd birthday. His son, former Fresno State Quarterback Kevin Sweeney was an honorary coach for the game on the sidelines. Coach DeRuyter is hoping to get more alumni involvement in the team and will be recognizing former players during each game.

Saturday, former Madera High stand out Mike Savage was recognized on the field. Savage was a member of the 1985 FSU squad. This was the only Division 1-A team in the country to go undefeated that year and was ranked 16th in the national coaches poll. The 1985 squad did not, however, finish untied, after a 24-24 tie at home against the Rainbow clad Warriors of Hawaii.

The Dogs are on the road this weekend in Oregon with kick-off Saturday at 3:30pm. The Bulldogs are 1-4 in Eugene, Oregon with their only win there coming in 1982 (10-4). The game will of course be available on the voice of the Bulldogs KMJ 580 with Paul Loeffler calling the plays. For TV the game can be found on the PAC12 Network which is not broadcasted in the Fresno area. However you may find it on the Internet at PAC12.COM.

The Dogs will be back in Bulldog Stadium on Saturday September 15th when they face Colorado State. Kick-off is at 5pm and tickets are available by calling (559) 278-DOGS or going online to

Go Dogs!

----Publishers Note:

My apologies to those waiting for BVN's coverage of Saturday's game. I have made a promise to my family this year that I will not write on Sunday's or Holiday's unless it is a major breaking news story. With Monday being Labor Day, our offices were closed so I took my daughters to the zoo for the day. Saturday evening I took a miss-step crossing behind the Weber State benches and tweaked my back. Sunday and Monday it was fine until I lifted my three year old step-daughter so she could see a zebra. Monday night I learned why so many people like vicodin.


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