Nevada Pulls Away in Second Half to Beat Bulldogs 30-16 Print
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Written by Jason Clay - Fresno State   
Friday, 06 November 2015 00:42
 FRESNO. - Nevada broke a one-point game at the half by outgaining Fresno State 335-73 in the second half in route to a 30-16 victory Thursday night at Bulldog Stadium. The loss for the Bulldogs drops their record down to 2-7 on the season and 1-5 in Mountain West play. Nevada improved to 5-4 with its second consecutive victory and the Wolf Pack now stand at 3-2 in league play.

“We had a chance at halftime, thought we competed well. Came back after half, turned the ball over and got ourselves in a hole,” head coach Tim DeRuyter said. “Give them credit, they found plays in the second half. It hurts, we got a bunch of guys who worked their tails off putting themselves in position to win a football game and didn’t get it done.”

162 of Fresno State’s 280 total yards on the night came in the second quarter of the game. The Bulldogs had four turnovers on the night, one lost fumble that was returned 30 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and three interceptions, and only came up with one take-away on a Tyguwan Glass interception in the second quarter.

Nevada had 498 total yards in the game, 292 of that coming on the ground thanks to a pair of 100-yard rushers. Don Jackson rushed 21 times for 140 yards while James Butler had 122 yards on 18 carries with one TD. “They hit us on a couple power plays that we did not fit well,” DeRuyter said. “As our guys got tired, we tried to run a couple pressures to stop it and when we didn’t we got cut off on a gap, missed a tackle and they creased it and hit us for a couple big plays.”

Wolf Pack quarterback Tyler Stewart was 12-for-17 passing for 206 yards and one TD, a 73-yard connection with Hassan Henderson in the second quarter. Henderson finished the game with five catches for 136 yards.

Marteze Waller rushed 17 times for 74 yards on the night. Quarterback Kilton Anderson 12-of-26 passing for 88 yards with one touchdown and one interception while rushing for 42 yards and another score.

In the opening quarter the `Dogs had just 45 yards on 17 plays and trailed 7-0 with Nevada’s touchdown coming on a 30 fumble return for a touchdown by Matthew Lyons. Lyons picked up the ball when Ian Seau knocked it free from Anderson on a sack.

Fresno State got it going in the second quarter scoring two touchdowns and getting one field goal, but missed a PAT and trailed 17-16 at the half. Anderson scored on a 24-yard touchdown run that came on a fourth-and-1 and then with 14 seconds left before the end of the half hit Josiah Blandin on a two-yard touchdown pass.

The third quarter was not kind to the Bulldogs, with Nevada controlling the ball for 13:31 of the period and outgaining the Bulldogs 150-8. Fresno State’s defense bent in that quarter, but did not break and limited the Wolf Pack to just two field goals on its drives that used 12 and 13 plays.

Nevada led 23-16 entering the fourth quarter when Butler put the Wolf Pack up by two scores on a 59-yard touchdown run with 11 minutes to play. Butler had just 39 yards rushing on 12 carries up to that point in the game.

Fresno State had its chances to still get back in the game. A Zack Greenlee touchdown pass to Blandin with 5:12 left on the clock that would have made it a one-score game was taken off the board by a chop block penalty against the Bulldogs. Nevada’s defense then sealed the game with an interception to end that drive and another with 3:19 left in the game.

Fresno State Athletics honored Fresno firefighter Captain Pete Dern with an on-field recognition during Thursday nights gamer. Captain Dern was severely injured when he fell through the roof of a fully involved structure fire. The shocking video of this accident immediately went viral and most viewers thought he would not survive his injuries. If it were not for Captain Dern’s determination to live and the heroics of the men and women who put service above self on this day and every day, the outcome would have been very different for Captain Dern.

“For Fresno State Athletics to help honor all the heroes who helped Captain Dern be in Bulldog Stadium Thursday night is a tremendous honor for us,” Senior Associate AD Paul Ladwig said. “Pete Dern has proven to all of us that through pure determination and love from the community you can preserver the worst situation. Thursday night will be special night for his family and this community.”

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