Fresno State In-Game Notes vs. North Dakota
Sept. 17, 2011
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Fresno State captains: 7, 10, 62
Fresno State won toss, elected to receive. North Dakota to defend the North end zone.
On the first play of the game, Derek Carr hit Jalen Saunders on a 86-yard touchdown pass. It was the longest completion since Ryan Colburn hit Marlon Moore on a 92-yard touchdown pass against UC Davis on Sept. 5, 2009.
Saunders' TD also gave him a catch in 16-straight games (every game of his career).
Logan Harrell recorded a sack for a loss of 11 yards on North Dakota's second drive of the game.
Carr hit Saunders again for a 52-yard touchdown at 5:34. This is the first time since Oct. 9, 2010 that a Bulldog has thrown two 40-plus yard touchdown passes in the same game. Ryan Colburn did that against Hawai'i, hooking up with Saunders on a 50-yard touchdown and with Jamel Hamler on a 41-yard score.
Tristan Okpaulago blocked a PAT at 5:16. It was the third PAT that Fresno State has blocked this season
Donavon Lewis and Logan Harrell combined on a sack at 1:20, Fresno State's second sack of the game.
Derek Carr completed all five of his passes in the first quarter for 177 yards.
Andrew Shapiro hit a 54-yard punt at 8:58. It was his second 50-plus yard punt of the game and the ninth of his career.
Devon Wylie returned a punt 48-yards to the UND 11-yard line midway through the quarter.
Ryan Skidmore caught his first pass of the season at 5:55, a 16-yard catch that gave the Bulldogs the ball at the two-yard line.
Robbie Rouse scored on a two-yard run at 5:29. It was his second rushing touchdown of the season and the 14th of his career.
North Dakota held the ball for 10 minutes and 40 seconds of the quarter. The Bulldogs only had two first downs in the quarter and just 19 yards.
Robbie Rouse had eight rushes on Fresno State's 12-play drive that cumulated in a one-yard touchdown Rouse touchdown run at 9:14.