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Monday, 19 October 2015 12:29

FRESNO - Marteze Waller scored on a 38-yard rushing touchdown with 2:37 left and the Fresno State defense sacked the UNLV on a fourth down inside of two minutes with the rain pouring down in Bulldog Stadium as the `Dogs won 31-28 Friday night over the Rebels (2-5, 1-2 MW). The loss snaps a five-game losing streak for the Bulldogs and came after Fresno State (2-5, 1-3 MW) erased an 11-point deficit it faced entering the fourth quarter.

"I think in other games our guys had almost not a sense of despair, but a sense of I don't know if we could do this. There was some doubt lingering," head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "Tonight I had no sense of that. Guys were determined on the sideline and there was a look of we are going to find a way."

 

Leading the Bulldog offense on the comeback was redshirt freshman quarterback Kilton Anderson. Fresno State had been 1-18 in games when it trailed after three quarters over the last four years, but Anderson brought the team back in orchestrating a pair of touchdown drives in the fourth. The last quarterback to lead a fourth-quarter comeback was Derek Carr in a 2013 overtime win over Rutgers.

Anderson scored on a 12-yard run with 11:02 to pull the Dogs within five. Then on the game-winning drive he got the Bulldogs into UNLV territory and Waller handled the rest, rushing off the left side of the line and up the sideline for the deceive touchdown.

"It is great to finally get a victory for our guys," Anderson said. "We executed tonight. We played with great enthusiasm, came out and played our hearts and it is great to get a victory finally."

Anderson was 19-of-31 passing for 193 yards and also rushed for 78 yards -- the most by a Bulldog quarterback in any game since the turn of the century. He had two rushing touchdowns and after throwing three interceptions in his starting debut last week, played a clean game and the offense did not turn the ball over on the night.

Waller finished with 111 yards rushing, his 10th career 100-yard game, and two TDs as well.

Defensively, Fresno State did not force a turnover for the first time this season but they did apply heavy pressure all night. The Bulldogs had six sacks in the game and held UNLV to 299 yards of offense -- the fewest allowed since their last win in the season opener against Abilene Christian.

"This is by far the greatest week of my life. I just had my son born last night," said the new proud father Todd Hunt, the senior defensive end who had eight tackles and a sack, "and for us to get this win, and not only because it was a win, but it was the way won. We didn't back down, we played like Bulldogs today."

Ejiro Ederaine had a game-high 12 tackles, 3.0 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks to lead the Bulldogs' defensive effort. "The team as a whole just grew up and said you know what, `enough is enough,' " Ederaine said.

Fresno State overcame many obstacles throughout the game to earn this victory. The `Dogs missed two field goals, a 23-yarder in the second quarter and a 38-yard attempt early in the fourth.

UNLV broke what was a tied ballgame at half with consecutive touchdowns in the third quarter. The second score, a 29-yard pass from Kurt Palandech to Devonte Boyd, came after the Bulldogs fumbled the ball over on a muffed punt. Regardless, the team stayed in the game and rallied around its defensive pressure and Anderson guiding the offense.

On the final Rebel drive after the Bulldogs took the lead, UNLV quarterback Kurt Palandech rushed 39 yards to the Bulldog 36-yard line on the first play. The Rebels would get no more though as Ederaine and Claudell Louis sacked Palandech on a third-and-four and then Justin Green sacked him on the next play to seal the win for the `Dogs.

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