Bulldogs Drop Road Game at Air Force Print
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Written by Jason Clay - Fresno State   
Monday, 26 October 2015 08:24

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Air Force quarterback Karson Roberts scored four rushing touchdowns and caught another to lead the Falcons back from 14 down in the first quarter to beat Fresno State 42-14 Saturday at Falcon Stadium. The win was 10th-straight at home for Air Force (4-3, 3-1 MW). Fresno State (2-6, 1-4 MW) now must win out in order to get bowl eligible.

Fresno State opened the game with 14 unanswered points on touchdown runs of 64 and 60 yards byMarteze Waller and Dustin Garrison, respectively, only to see the Falcons come back and score 42-straight to beat the Bulldogs. “Anytime you lose it is extremely disappointing,” head coach Tim DeRuyter said. “I thought we started the game well, I thought our guys came out with a lot of fight and we executed well early. We gave up a chunk play when we didn’t fit things well, let them score, get back in it and gave them some momentum.”

Robert’s five total touchdowns tied for the second most by any player in Air Force history. He finished the game with 92 yards rushing, was 5-for-10 passing for 108 yards and caught a 20-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs had 234 yards of offense in the opening quarter when they opened up a 14-point lead after only nine minutes. Over the second and third quarters, Fresno State did not pick up a first down and had negative four total yards. In all, Air Force outgained the Bulldogs 586-311 with 458 of that yardage coming on the ground. The Falcons entered the game ranked No. 5 in the FBS in rushing.

“They execute their offense well,” DeRuyter said. “They came up with some schemes that they hadn’t shown and we didn’t fit things well or tackle well. We didn’t get some first downs on offense, so it was just a tough outing.”

Air Force had two players rush for over 100 yards in the game. Bryan Driskell had 144 yards on 12 carries and Jacobi Owens rushed 23 times for 137 yards and one touchdown. When it was 28-14 Air Force in the third quarter, Bulldog corner Jamal Ellis forced a fumble on an option pitch, recovered it and returned it 24 yards to the Air Force 36-yard line. Fresno State was unable to do anything with it, going three-and-out, and saw the Falcons march 79 yards down the field on the ensuing drive to score a fifth-straight touchdown to put the game away in the third quarter.

After gaining 88 yards on five carries in the first quarter, Waller had negative eight yards the rest of the game to finish with 80 yards rushing on 10 carries. Inside linebacker Jeff Camilli recorded his fourth game this season with 10 or more tackles and matched his career-high with 14 stops.

Ejiro Ederaine added nine tackles and Jamal Ellis, responsible for Fresno State’s only take-away in the game, added five stops. Bulldog quarterback Kilton Anderson was 14-of-39 passing in the game for 177 yards and one interception.

Fresno State is now off for 12 days and will host Nevada at Bulldog Stadium on Thursday, Nov. 5 after its only idle weekend of the season.

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