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Sunday, 16 September 2012 21:38

BULLDOG STADIUM - What a night it was for Fresno State as they crushed the Buffaloes from the University of Colorado. In just the first quarter the Bulldogs amassed a 35-0 lead with five touchdowns. By the end of the first half the lead would extend to 55-7 and two Bulldogs would make their mark in the school's record books.

Robbie Rouse FSU All Time Leading Rusher

The 19-year FSU career rushing record held by former NFL running-back Ron Rivers was shattered by senior running-back Robbie Rouse. Rivers, now a football coach at Liberty Union High School in Oakley, California, pre-taped a message for Rouse to be played when he beat River's 3,473 yard rushing record.

With a handoff to Rouse with 5:41 left in the first quarter, the Mighty-One took off, avoiding defender after defender. Then he saw open day light and sprinted into the end-zone for 95 yards to topple the record with 3,539 yards on a career that still has nine games remaining on the regular season schedule.

Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr said, "That play, they crashed so hard on him, in my head after I gave it to him I was like I should have kept that, and I took off running and I saw the lane and all of a sudden, Robbie found the same lane that I was looking at. I knew he was gone. That run was exactly him. They crashed down on him, they're all keying in on him. He didn't care, he just kept fighting and out ran a lot of Pac-12 runners. That was awesome, I'm so proud of him and it couldn't have happened to a better guy. I'm happy for him."

The first person to congratulate Rouse after the touchdown was his mother, Linda McCloud. Then came the support from his teammates and coaches. Then came the flags for "excessive celebration", You can always count on the zebras to ruin a good party in the middle of a football game. Coach Tim DeRuyter didn't seem to mind the 15-yard penalty.

"I was extremely proud of and excited for Robbie Rouse. Robbie will be the first one to tell you it's not just him ... for him to get the all-time record, especially the way he did it on a 95-yarder ... I was really happy for him. It couldn't have gone to a better player ... really happy he got the record tonight.", DeRuyter said following the game.

Fresno State scored on seven of their first eight possessions of the night, with four TD's from Rouse alone. At the end of the first quarter, second-string quarterback Greg Watson came in for a few snaps while Carr took a tight end position on the right side. Carr would take the helm again in the second quarter.

Before the half Colorado was able to put one touchdown on the board but the Bulldogs had one more in them before they heading into the locker-room. Fresno State would rack up 516 yards of offense in the first half and set new Mountain West records with a 35-point first quarter and 55 total points in the first half.

When they came back in the second half, Carr and Rouse got a well deserved break as the second and third strings came in to finish the game out. Nearly everyone on the bench got a chance to play in this one. Coach DeRuyter got a good look at the whole team under the lights Saturday.

While the offense was awesome Saturday, the Fresno State defense was also great. Safety Phillip Thomas tied the school and Mountain West record with three interceptions on the night, two of which were returned for touchdowns. "I'm really happy and couldn't believe it," Thomas said of his three interceptions. "It was the best game I've ever played in my life."

"It's unbelievable, as a defender, you don't really get that much opportunity to touch the ball and have the ball in your hands and at first it felt awkward like oh shoot I have the ball in my hands right now. I'm really happy. I couldn't believe it. It was the best game I've played in my life."

Sunday morning Thomas was named the National Defensive Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards on Sunday. He was also selected as the CFPA Defensive Back Performer of the Week.

For Fresno State the only disappoint of the night had to be fan turn out. With only 27,513 fans through the turnstiles, there were a lot of empty seats in Bulldog Stadium. While the 102 degree temperature at kick-off might have been a contributor to the low attendance, Bulldog fans are going to need to support their program or we may not see many more BCS schools on Jim Sweeney Field.

So if last year the excuse for not buying tickets to Bulldog Football was Fresno State was losing and Pat Hill had to go, what is the excuse now that Fresno State is winning and playing well? It's time to support the football program and be the Redwave that made Fresno famous.

The Dogs are on the road next week at Tulsa, Oklahoma. They return to Bulldog Stadium September 29th for homecoming and their match up with San Diego State. Tickets are available by calling the Bulldog Ticket Office at (559) 278-DOGS or going online to www.GoBulldogs.com.

Prove that the Redwave is not just part of our history, but will continue to support the football program.  If you're looking for a deal on tickets and parking, check out your local COSTCO. They are offering a premium ticket and parking package for less than $80.

A Red Seat is a terrible thing to waste.


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