Greenlee Throws Six TDs in Bulldog Victory at Hawai`i Print
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Written by Jason Clay - Fresno State   
Monday, 16 November 2015 00:00
HONOLULU - Fresno State Quarterback Zack Greenlee set new career-highs with 285 yards passing and six TDs in leading Fresno State to a 42-14 win over Hawai`i at Aloha Stadium. The win was Fresno State's first on the road of the season and it came in a game where the `Dogs (3-7, 2-5 MW) forced four turnovers on a night full of penalties and scattered showers.

"Our kids have grit," Coach Tim DeRuyter said. "We challenged them to practice hard. They did that. We took care of the ball on offense and we got four take-aways on defense. We played with grit and that's what we have to do."

Greenlee was 20-of-35 passing on the night and hit eight different receivers, including five different ones for touchdowns. His big night led Fresno State to a season-high in points, passing yards (285) and total yards (455) and it came in his first start since Oct. 3 against San Diego State.

"I think we just executed," Greenlee said of the offense. "That was the main thing. We went out there and [the wide receivers] made some great plays. For me to just sit in the pocket and get it to them and watch them go to work is awesome. It's a great game and when it goes like this it's just beautiful."

"The thing I was proudest of was that he hung in there," DeRuyter said of Greenlee's performance. "They took some shots at him. He didn't let it phase him. He stood in there and made the reads. Still has to get better, but I think he grew up by hanging in there and being a quarterback. You're going to take some hits and make some throws."

Junior Da’Mari Scott caught two passes for 53 yards, hauling in TD passes of 28 and 25 yards from Greenlee in the second quarter. Jamire Jordan added four catches for 79 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, the Bulldogs four take-aways set a new season-high. Fresno State had three interceptions in the game when they entered the evening with just five picks in the first nine games of the season.

Hawai`i (2-9, 0-7 MW) was flagged 11 times for 132 yards in the game, including seven personal foul penalties.

Fresno State was aided in the first half by 10 Hawai`i penalties that went for 117 yards. Six of those were personal foul penalties, including four roughing the passer calls that helped the Bulldog offense get into a rhythm after a tough first quarter when the `Dogs had just 71 yards of offense.

In the second quarter Greenlee threw three touchdown passes, two to Da’Mari Scott, to open up a 28-7 lead for the Bulldogs going into the half.

Greenlee threw a fifth TD early in the third, and it came after a 51-yard interception return by Ejiro Ederaine that set the `Dogs up with the ball on the UH 14-yard line. Greenlee scrambled, pump-faked to get a defender up in the air, then found Marteze Waller in the corner of the end zone to put Fresno State up 35-7.

Late in the third quarter, Hawai`i drove down into the red zone but came away empty when Tyquwan Glass intercepted Max Wittek in the end zone.

UH got one score back in the final minute of the third on a one-yard touchdown run from Melvin Davis, but Greenlee came back and hit Jordan on a 64-yard TD strike just one minute later.

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