Fresno State Battles Wisconsin to 2 OT's
Seyi Ajirotutu caught six passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns.
Seyi Ajirotutu caught six passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns.

Sept. 12, 2009

Box Score


MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Every year the Fresno State football team and the Wisconsin Badgers meet it is always an entertaining football game. Saturday afternoon, in front of a sell out crowd of 80,353 fans at Camp Randall Stadium, was no different. Despite a strong effort by the Bulldogs, the Badgers pulled out a 34-31 double overtime victory.

Ryan Colburn passed for 289 yards and four touchdowns and Devon Wylie caught five passes for 114 yards and one touchdown, a 70 yard reception on the first play of the second quarter.

The Bulldogs racked up 468 yards of total offense and Ryan Mathews rushed for 107 yards on 19 carries. Ben Jacobs led Fresno State defensively with 15 tackles and one tackle for loss.

The 'Dogs jumped out to a 14-0 lead after Colburn hit Chastin West for a 13-yard touchdown pass and Wylie for the 70-yarder.The Badgers cut the Bulldog lead to 14-7 with 11:35 left in the second quarter. Seyi Alfjirotutu then caught a 14-yard pass from Colburn to extend the lead to 21-7 with 7:01 to play in the half.

The Badgers came within four points at halftime at 21-17 after Philip Welch connected on a 57-yard field goal as time expired.

Wisconsin took a 24-21 lead with 5:45 to play in the game on a John Clay 72-yard run on the first play of the possession. The Bulldogs battled back and Kevin Goessling sent the game into overtime on a 41-yard field goal with 16 seconds left in regulation.

Wisconsin safety Chris Maragos came up with an interception in the second overtime, and Philip Welch kicked a 22-yard field goal to give the Badgers the win.



Scott Tolzien threw a 6-yard touchdown to Nick Toon to take the lead on the Badgers' first overtime possession. But Fresno State quarterback Colburn hit Ajirotutu in the back of the end zone to force a second overtime.

Maragos then picked off Colburn in the end zone, and the Badgers drove for the decisive field goal.

Fresno State returns to action on Friday at Bulldog Stadium when they play WAC and national power Boise State. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. and fans are asked to wear white for the game. Tickets can be purchased at the Bulldog Ticket Office or by logging onto

Fresno State vs. Wisconsin
Sept. 12, 2009
Camp Randall Stadium


EAD COACH Pat Hill: "That was a tough football game. We had some turnovers that really hurt us and give Wisconsin credit, they were flawless with their ball security."

"Our guys played hard and this was a tough environment. We came here to win the game and had our chances and just came up short. It was a great game and we've had some great games against Wisconsin every game."

"I thought we had a lot of players stepped up and played well. I thought Ryan Colburn played well. I know he'd like to have a couple throws back and I haven't seen the stats, but for his second game in this environment, he played a very good game."

"We have to regroup. We have a big game Friday against Boise State and then have to come back out here to play Cincinnati in two weeks, so we can't dwell on this one too long."

Fresno State QB Ryan Colburn: "That was heartbreaking for sure. Give Wisconsin credit. They are good team and deserve credit for coming back, but we left too many chances on the field. It's disappointing for sure. We just weren't good enough."


  • Fresno State's first touchdown in the game came on a pass play from Ryan Colburn to Chastin West for 13 yards. It was West's fifth of his career, and first since the UCLA game last season.

  • Chris Carter got two sacks, the first two of the season for the Bulldogs, in the first half of today's game. That matched his career-high for most in a game and gave him 5.5 for his career.

  • Devon Wylie's 70-yard touchdown was the longest of his career and the second against the Badgers in as many years. Against Wisconsin in the last two seasons he's a caught seven passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns.

  • The attendance in today's game was 80,353, the sixth largest ever to watch a Fresno State game.

  • Fresno State is now 5-7 in the last 12 games against schools from a BCS Conference, having won four of the last six games with wins over Georgia Tech, Rutgers and UCLA.

  • The Bulldogs made their 63rd national TV appearance and their next game vs. Boise State is on ESPN2.

  • Ryan Mathews had his second straight 100-yard game to start the season with 19 carries for 107 yards and he added a 55-yard run.

  • Junior linebacker Ben Jacobs finished the game with 15 tackles, one shy of his career high of 16 vs. Texas A&M in 2007.

  • The Bulldogs are now 4-6 in overtime games. Fresno State was 1-1 in overtime games last season, losing to Hawaii and beating Toledo in double overtime.

  • The Dogs will have one more game against a Big Ten opponent to end the season at Illinois.

  • This game snapped a three-game non-conference road winning streak for Fresno State.
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