Nebraska Beats Bulldogs Inside Out and Upside Down - 55-19 Print
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Saturday, 13 September 2014 23:59
FRESNO - For the Fresno State Bulldog's the "at home winning streak" ends at thirteen. Saturday night the Dogs faced the number 21 ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers and for the third straight week this season came up very short of a victory.

Nebraska scored twice within the first three minutes of the game. The first score came from a 70 yard pass completion to Sophmore Jordan Westerkamp. The second came from a 57 yard rush from senior Ameer Abdullah. Both after-point kicks from freshman Drew Brown were good for a quick 14-0 lead.

Nebraska Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. was able to move the ball easily all night scoring two touchdowns in three out of four quarters. In the second quarter, the only one Armstrong did not score in, Brown kicked two successful field goals.

Fresno's first score of the game came from a safety call when Fresno State Quarterback Brian Burrell punted the ball which was fumbled by Huskers defender David Santos who swatted the ball out of the end-zone

With two minutes remaining in the half the Bulldog's freshman kicker Kody Kroening, who replaced senior Colin McGuire who withdrew from school two weeks ago, kicked a successful 27 yard field goal to make the score 27-5. The Dogs would not score again until late in the third quarter when quarterback Brian Burrell rushed for 66 yards into the end-zone. Which was Fresno State's only highlight of the night. Burrell was 30-of-59 passing for 241 yards.

The Huskers outgained Fresno State 562-346 on the night and were led by running back Abdullah Ameer who had 110 yards rushing and one touchdown.

"It's not going to get any harder than what we went through," head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "All of our season goals are still ahead of us. We got to go look at the tape, be very critical about where the breakdowns were.

"We had some success today moving the football a bit, we've got to improve on that and stop the big plays from on defense."

Fresno State drops to 0-3 after facing a challenging opening schedule. One that saw the Dogs play two ranked teams and three Power Five programs to open the year.

"I didn't think that today we had a lack of competitiveness, I think we got out classed," DeRuyter said. "We have a young football team that is trying to gel, and when you hit adversity it's difficult. Three straight games now we haven't started very well. Once we get into the flow of the game, I thought we competed very well. Clearly we weren't good enough again today. You have to give Nebraska credit, they have a good football team."

Junior quarterback Brian Burrell drew the start for the third-straight game and played its entirety with fellow quarterback Brandon Connette being held out as he had limited reps in practice due to an injury from last weeks Utah game.

"We moved the ball," Burrell said was one of the positives he took away from the evening. "We didn't finish off drives which hurt us, but we kept the defense off the field, which we hadn't been doing the first couple games. We moved the ball pretty well against a good defense."

Burrell and the Bulldogs did have success on offense, particularly finding wide receiver Josh Harper who caught nine passes for 76 yards. Fresno State moved the ball into Husker territory six times, including one drive in the first quarter, but just had trouble punching points up on the scoreboard.

After the challenging start Fresno State looks to pull back together as a team, fix its errors and pick up win No. 1 of the season.

"Like I've spoken on before we just need to stick together," senior safety and team captain Derron Smith said. "Times like this teams can either start their season getting going the next week or stay in a slump, so as a captain, myself as well as the upper classmen we defiantly have to do a good job in leading, we need to lock arms and look forward to our schedule next week."

The Dogs are home again next week and face Southern Utah at 7:00pm on September 20th. Tickets are still available by calling (559) 278-DOGS or by going online to www.GoBulldogs.com.

















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