Burse's 3 TDs Leads 'Dogs Past Cal Poly
Sept. 7, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
Burse joined Clifton Smith (2005) as the only players in school history with two punt returns for a touchdown in a game and he became the third player in Mountain West history to bring two back to the house.
"It was a good feeling obviously, especially coming with a 'W', but I got to tilt my hat to our punt return team," Burse said. "They blocked their butts off for me and they make my job easier, I just got to read one block and I'm shooting down the middle."
His first punt return for a TD late in the first quarter sparked the Bulldogs who improved to 2-0 with the win.
"He is so dynamic. Like the one touchdown, we had a block called which means no one was blocking and he still got the ball, ran around everywhere and scored the touchdown," quarterback Derek Carr said of Burse. "That's freaky kind of stuff. He is a freaky athlete and it is stuff we know he can do."
Although it was a 16-point win, the game was never that close. The Bulldogs led by as many as 38 late in the third quarter when the starters were pulled and were up 41-10 going into the fourth. Nonetheless, DeRuyter wanted to see his team have a better finish against the Cal Poly team (1-1) that is ranked No. 10 in the FCS.
"We should have finished the game much better than we did, but you got to give Cal Poly a lot of credit," head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "They're a good football team, well coached, played hard and they never quit. We got to do a much better job developing our depth so when we get our twos and threes in there they perform much better than they did tonight.
"The goal every week is to go 1-0 and we did that, so we're on to Colorado now."
The Bulldogs defense, at least the first-team unit, rebounded after giving up 543 yards of offense to Rutgers in the season opener, holding Cal Poly to just 44 yards in the first half. The Mustangs did finish with 416 yards of offense, but most all of that came after the Bulldog starters had been pulled.
The 44 yards allowed in the first half are the fewest allowed for an opening half in the DeRuyter era.
"We had a really good game plan set up this week and knew they were coming in with the middle dive," said linebacker Karl Mickelsen, who along with Nat Harrison and Kyrie Wilson tied for the team lead with six tackles. "We had a better week of practice and knew we had to fix a few mistakes (from the Rutgers game)."
Fresno State played a clean game for the most part, only committing three penalties with just one turnover that came on a punt return when Burse was already out of the game. Fresno State did get one take-away on defense, recovering a fumble in the first half.
Carr threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns, moving ahead of his brother David for second place on the school record list for career TD passes with 71. He completed 22-of-31 passes in the game with no interceptions and he went over 700 completions for his career to become the third Bulldog to reach that mark.
One of Carr's three TD passes went to Davante Adams, a five-yard score in the third quarter. That gave Adams a TD reception in 10-straight games, which is the longest active streak in the nation.
Burse's TD catch was a 15-yard connection with Carr in the first minute of the second quarter. Saturday's game was the 41st in his career, but this was Burse's first game scoring more than one touchdown.
Fresno State, as it has been known to do under offensive coordinator Dave Schramm, showed a little trickery in the win. On a first-and-10 on the Cal Poly 13-yardline late in the second quarter, the 'Dogs pulled the hook-and-ladder. Carr threw the pass to Adams who then pitched it to left tackle Austin Wentworth for the score. Wentworth's first career TD came in what was the 30th consecutive start for the all-conference lineman.
"It is always fun to see a big man score, especially an O-lineman because they get no credit or anything," Carr said. "It was a fun play that the coaches drew up."
Fresno State pushed its home winning streak up to eight consecutive games and with 41 points Saturday, has averaged 48.3 points per game during this winning streak.
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