Fresno State Sqeaks By North Dakota 27-22 Print
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Sunday, 18 September 2011 16:57

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Fresno State – It has become a tradition at Fresno State that before each home game the school’s marching band plays their rendition of “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”. That song describes this game. The Good, Robbie Rouse and Jalen Saunders (2 touchdowns each). The Bad, Derek Carr and the Fresno State running game (110 yards rushing). The Ugly, the way Bulldogs nearly gave up this game to the North Dakota Fighting Sioux, an opponent they should have dominated from the start of the game.

On the opening play of the first quarter Derek Carr connected with Jalen Saunders for 86 yards and a touchdown. However in Fresno States next drive Carr would be sacked for a 10 yard loss and the Bulldogs would be forced to punt the ball away.

Carr would again connect with Saunders in the end zone for a 14-0 lead over North Dakota with five minutes left in the first quarter. But the Sioux refused to go down the trail of tears and came back on their next two drives to bring it to within five with a touchdown, then a field goal to bring the score to 14-9 going into the second quarter.

Before the half Fresno State would find themselves up 21-9 but when North Dakota came out in the third quarter their opening five play drive would again make it a five point game when Sioux’s Jake Miller rushed for five yards to score his second touchdown of the night and bring the score to 21-16.

Miller wasn’t done for the evening. Before the third quarter was out he put North Dakota ahead of the first time of the night with a one yard rush with only nine seconds remaining. North Dakota attempted the two point conversion but quarterback Joey Bradley’s pass attempt failed.

In the fourth quarter, Fresno States drove the ball 71 yards in 12 plays for nearly 6 minutes and Robbie Rouse would rush for one yard to bring the Dogs back up with his second touchdown of the night. Derek Carr would fail on the two point conversion but 27-22 would be enough for the Dogs to squeak out a win with very little pride left.

Coach Hill said of the game, "I was not surprised at all. I knew that was going to be a tough game I told the team. I didn't like the way we practiced on Tuesday and Wednesday I didn't think our concentration was very good. And I was worried from an offensive standpoint on our movement. That is where we had our problems. I thought that North Dakota did a very good job defensively against us. We did not do a very good job at practice and therefore did not to a good job in the game."

Carr threw for only 235 yards, 154 yards were from the two touchdown connections with Saunders in the first quarter. He was sacked twice for a 23 yard loss. Fresno State fumbled 5 times for a 50 yard loss, gave up 310 yards to 7 penalties and was only able to convert 5 of 12 third down conversions.

Fresno State (1-2) opens up WAC play next weekend when it travels to Idaho looking for its ninth-straight win over the Vandals which is the longest active winning streak in the Western Athletic Conference. Kickoff between the `Dogs and Vandals is on Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Kibbie Dome and fans can watch the game on the WAC Sports Network (KAIL channel 53 (Comcast 13).

They return home October 1st to face the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).  Kick off is at 6:15pm and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2. Tickets are available by calling the Bulldogs ticket office at 55) 278-DOGS or going online to www.GoBulldogs.com.