Wyoming's Brian Hill Does in Fresno State Bulldogs 45-17 Print
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Written by Jason Clay - Fresno State   
Monday, 03 November 2014 08:20

FRESNO, Calif. - Wyoming running back Brian Hill set a new Mountain West record with 387 all-purpose yards as the Cowboys defeated the Fresno State football team 45-17 Saturday night at Bulldog Stadium.


The Bulldogs (3-6, 2-3 MW) have now dropped three-straight games and will need to win out to become bowl eligible.


"It starts with the coaches and with me. Tonight we got out coached and out played, there is no excuse for it," head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "We are going to pour through that tape and get things fixed. We have some guys on this team giving great effort and I feel deeply disappointed for those guys. We don't have 11 guys at a time or 22 guys at a time giving great effort. We have to figure out as coaches why we are not able to execute and we have to get that fixed."


Wyoming (4-5, 2-3 MW) outgained the Bulldogs 694-316 in the game with Hill gashing Fresno State. Hill rushed 23 times for 281 yards and two touchdowns while he caught three passes for 106 yards. He by himself had more total yards than Fresno State did as a team.


The previous Mountain West record for all-purpose yardage was 378 set by New Mexico's Deon Long against Sam Houston State in 2011. Hill's 281 rushing yards is the most by any player in the conference this season.


"They were running the same plays that we practiced against," DeRuyter said. "We were trying to figure out the fits and find out what was missing. A lot of their plays were inside runs and they were blocking it a lot of different ways. We will look at the tape and find out what was happening with that."


The lone bright spot in the game was running back Marteze Waller, who continues to produce for the Bulldog offense. He rushed 18 times for 116 yards and one touchdown, giving him his fifth 100-yard rushing game in the last six outings.


Fresno State redshirt freshman quarterback Zack Greenlee drew his first career start in the game and he finished the evening 7-of-16 passing for 55 yards.


"It's not a good feeling at all," said senior wide receiver Josh Harper, who had a team-high four catches. "I feel like we were ready for the game, but nothing went as planned. I really don't have the answer to what went wrong. We have to go back to the film and look to see what wrong."


The Bulldogs started quick, sparked by Derron Smith's 52-yard punt return down to the Cowboy eight-yard line after Fresno State forced a three-and-out on the game's opening drive. Waller scored on an eight-yard touchdown run two plays later to give the `Dogs the early lead.


However, after that Wyoming's offense had its way with the Bulldog defense. UW scored touchdowns on its next three-drives, the last on a 66-yard touchdown run by Hill that gave the Cowboys a 21-7 lead six minutes into the second quarter.


Fresno State finally caught a break, a big break, right as Wyoming was about to score a touchdown for a fourth-consecutive drive. On a third-and-7, Hill caught a pass and took it 40-yards to the Bulldog three-yard line before Curtis Riley stripped him of the ball and Shannon Edwards recovered.


The Bulldogs did get points off of the first turnover of the game with Kody Kroening hitting a 28-yard field goal in the final minute of the half. The scoring drive was set up by a 37-yard Waller run from the Bulldogs' own three-yard line.


It remained a 21-10 score through the third quarter before Hill put the game away early in the fourth with a 89-yard run to the Fresno State two-yard line. Josh Tapscott followed with a two-yard touchdown run to make it 28-10.


That was the first of four Wyoming touchdowns in the fourth quarter.


Brian Burrell, who came in at quarterback in the fourth, finished the game with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Peck. That was Peck's first career touchdown catch.


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