Bulldogs Win in Mountain West Opener - 52-40 Print
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Sunday, 30 September 2012 20:02

FRESNO STATE - As Fresno State opens it's first season in the Mountain West Conference, San Diego State University start's it's last. These one time Western Athletic Conference rivals met up Saturday night for the 52nd time. It may be the last time these two teams play each other for at least a decade as San Diego heads for the Big East conference next year.

The last time they met was last year when San Diego jumped on the bandwagon and pummeled the Bulldogs 35-28. Following that loss, Bulldogs head coach Pat Hill was given his walking papers and a new era began at Fresno State with Coach Tim DeRuyter.  

In front of the Bulldog's largest crowd this season, nearly 34,000, they took on their former rival for the Battle of the Oil Can Trophy. Fresno met San Diego hit for hit and came out on top with their first ever win in Mountain West Conference play 52-40.

In the first six minutes Fresno State found themselves down by 14 but the Bulldogs found the right track in the second quarter with Rashad Evans putting the Dogs back on top with two of his three touchdowns for the night. Robbie Rouse also crossed over the goal-line in the first quarter then again in the second and Josh Harper brought down a 37 yard pass from Derek Carr to give Fresno State five touchdowns and the lead in the first half.

On being down 14-0 early in the game DeRuyter said, "I believe in this team. We've got a lot of high-character guys on this team. I wanted to have our guys in that situation, and I guess it's a little bit of a leap of faith until you're actually put in that situation, but I wanted to see it proven and our guys proved it tonight."

In the second half the lead would change again with back to back San Diego touchdowns in the third quarter. However before the quarter was over, Issiah Burse would take a 31 yard pass from Carr into the end-zone and Quentin Breshears would put a 27 yard field goal attempt through the uprights to get back on top. In the fourth Carr would hit Evans with a five yard pass to add some insurance on Saturday's win.

Carr's 536 yards passing tied Fresno State's single-game record that is held by Dave Telford and was one yard off of tying the Mountain West record. He completed 42 out of 56 passing attempts with two interceptions. He also rushed 5 times for a total of 43 yards.

On his two interceptions Carr had this to say, "It was a stupid decision. It just happens. I know I have to clean it up. It's going to eat at me all week. You just keep working hard. That's what I have been taught and guys will feed off of it. It is a team thing......"

Rouse rushed 21 times for 88 yards and had 65 yards of receiving yardage. Evans, Harper and Davante Adams all had over a hundred yards each in receiving yardage with 27 combined completions.

Rashad Evans said, "We went over a lot of film and a lot of stuff. Derek Carr catching a lot of coverage. It comes from Derek reading the defense and O-line doing their assignments. If I don't hold my guys they won't hold theirs. It's a team effort. We trust Derek, we put it on his back. We have 100% trust in him."

The Dog's are on the road for two weeks playing next week at Colorado State. The last time these two teams met was at the New Mexico Bowl in 2008 where CSU won 40-35. Kick off is at 4pm and will be broadcasted on KMJ580 with Paul Loeffler.

The Dogs return home on October 20th to face Wyoming, another team that beat the Dogs in their last meeting at the 2009 New Mexico Bowl. Kick off will be at 7:30pm and tickets are available by calling (559) 278-DOGS or going online to www.GoBulldogs.com.