Bulldogs Click On All Cylinders
Sept. 15, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Robbie Rouse set the Fresno State all-time rushing record on a 94-yard run that gave him four touchdowns in the first quarter as the Bulldogs rolled past Colorado 69-14 on Saturday night.
Rouse's long run that tied the school record for a single play helped him pass Ron Rivers as the leading rusher in Bulldogs history. Rouse ran for 144 yards on the night, giving him 3,519 to Rivers' 3,473.
Rouse started the rout with a 4-yard TD run on the first drive for Fresno State (2-1) and also caught TD passes of 9 and 12 yards from Derek Carr as the Bulldogs broke out to a 35-0 first-quarter lead and were up 55-7 at the half.
The Bulldogs outgained the Buffaloes 516-123 in the first half, and the Bulldogs had twice as many touchdowns (eight) as the Buffaloes had first downs (four). It was the most yards allowed in any half by Colorado and one point shy of UCLA's 56-point first half in 1980 against the Buffaloes.
Fresno State scored touchdowns on its first six possessions as Colorado had only one first down in that span. Carr threw five touchdown passes in the first 23 minutes, including a 97-yarder to Isaiah Burse that was the second-longest play in school history. Carr finished 17 for 22 for 300 yards and didn't play the second half.
Phillip Thomas intercepted three passes and returned two for touchdowns for the Bulldogs.
The tone for the game was set on the first play when Buffaloes cornerback Kenneth Crawley was called for a personal foul.
That helped set up Rouse's first score, a nifty 4-yard run where he ran left, reversed field when he found no opening and then over a defender into the end zone.
After Thomas intercepted Jordan Webb to end Colorado's first drive, the Bulldogs drove to another score when Carr found Rouse. That was the first of three touchdown passes on three successive plays from scrimmage for Carr.
Even the defense got in on the scoring act for Fresno State, with Thomas returning two interceptions for scores. He took one back 16 yards from Webb that made it 55-7 just before the half and added a 43-yarder against Connor Wood in the third quarter.