Bulldogs Win 37-10 in DeRuyter's Debut
Sept. 1, 2012 By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
Photo by Rick Dodd
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State Bulldogs gave head coach Tim DeRuyter a 37-10 win over Weber State in his coaching debut on Saturday night at Bulldog Stadium.
Fresno State started quick offensively and finished with 515 yards of total offense - more than any other season opener in the past decade.
"I'm extremely proud of everything that happened tonight," DeRuyter said after the game. "I was proud of the effort of our team and I was just really, really happy with our staff and their work."
The Bulldogs scored on their first three possessions of the game to jump out to a 21-0 lead. It all started with an eight-play, 97-yard drive that ended with a 27-yard Derek Carr to Davante Adams touchdown pass.
"I think we started extremely fast," DeRuyter said. "We had guys make plays. I thought we clicked very, very well from the start."
Carr finished the game 20-of-25 passing for 298 yards and two touchdowns, both to the redshirt freshman Adams who was making his Bulldog debut. Adams finished with seven catches for 118 yards and the two scores.
Senior running back Robbie Rouse ran 22 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns. It was his 13th career 100-yard rushing game, which ties for the third-most in school history. He tied Ryan Mathews for second place on the school rushing list (3,280 yards) and trails Ron Rivers for 193 yards for the all-time record.
"If you were in a phone booth with him, you wouldn't be able to catch him," DeRuyter said of Rouse's quickness.
Defensively, Fresno State held Weber State to 274 yards of offense, including only 67 on the ground. The 10 points allowed were 11 fewer than the Bulldogs gave up in any of the 13 games last season.
"I think overall we approached playing with the fanaticism that we want to play with," DeRuyter said of the defense. "We did a really good job against the run. They had 29 rushes for 67 yards, and if you do that you are going to win most ball games."
Weber State quarterback Mike Hoke had 202 yards passing, but Fresno State held WSU to 4-of-14 on third-down attempts. Fresno State had four sacks in the game and was led by safety Derron Smith and linebacker Patrick Su'a, who both finished with eight tackles.
"I feel like we played with more attitude and more fanaticism," said senior safety Phillip Thomas, who had six tackles with one tackle for a loss. "We are just out there having fun, playing fast, being physical and doing our jobs."
After the quick start - the Bulldogs had 295 yards of offense in the first half - the team was stagnant in the third quarter. Weber State cut the lead down to 24-10 on a Hoke 36-yard touchdown pass to Shaydon Kehano midway through the third quarter.
Sophomore cornerback Sean Alston intercepted Hoke in the fourth quarter, reigniting the Bulldog offense that was so sharp in the first half.
Carr hit Adams on a 38-yard touchdown pass the first play after Alston's pick, and the Bulldogs tacked on another touchdown late in the fourth on a four-yard run from senior Milton Knox.
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