Rouse's TD Lifts Fresno State to Victory
Sept. 17, 2011
The Fighting Sioux took a 22-21 lead with nine seconds left in the third on Jake Miller's third touchdown run of the game.
With a heavy dosage of Rouse, Carr and the Bulldog offense drove back down the field to take the lead for good on Rouse's game-winning touchdown at 9:14.
Head Coach Pat Hill said he was not surprised with the fight that North Dakota put up.
"I knew that was going to be a tough game and I told the team that," Hill said. "North Dakota played outstanding, but I give our team a lot of credit too. That was a great way for us to come back and win a game."
North Dakota outgained the Bulldogs, 323-319, but it was Rouse's fourth quarter that was the difference.
The junior tailback had 72 of his 110 yards in the final 15 minutes and he finished with two touchdowns in the game where he had 27 carries.
On the game-winning drive, eight of the 12 plays were rushes by Rouse and he had runs of nine (twice), 10 and 15 yards on the drive. After the Bulldogs forced UND to punt on its ensuing drive after the `Dogs went ahead, Rouse sealed the game by picking up two first downs, the second with a 18-yard run on a third-and-12.
Carr completed 11-of-17 passes in the game for 235 yards - an average of 21.4 yards per completion. His two first-quarter touchdown passes to Saunders went for 86 and 52 yards.
"To throw two big touchdowns in my first couple plays of the game, and to get a win in my first start in my favorite stadium, is pretty nice," Carr said.
Six different Bulldogs had a catch in the game and Saunders finished with three catches for 154 yards and the two TDs.
UND's Miller had 145 yards rushing on 21 carries and the three touchdowns. Fighting Sioux quarterback Joey Bradley completed 12-of-25 passes for 107 yards.
Fresno State senior defensive tackle Logan Harrell had a huge game for the Bulldogs. He finished with a career-high 11 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for a loss.
Carr went deep on the first play of the game, hooking up with Saunders for an 86-yard touchdown pass. Saunders got behind the defense and Carr put the ball on the money for the home run.
Saunders and Carr hooked up against seven minutes later, this time for a 52-yard touchdown.
UND answered with nine-straight points, getting a 70-yard touchdown run from Miller and a 49-yard field goal from Zeb Miller. Tristan Okpaulago blocked Zeb Miller's PAT attempt after the touchdown run.
Midway through the second quarter, Devon Wylie's 48-yard punt return set the Bulldogs up with the ball on the Fighting Sioux 11-yard line. Rouse then put Fresno State up 21-9 with a two-yard touchdown run.
That score carried over to halftime, but the Fighting Sioux drove down 65 yards on their first drive of the second half to cut Fresno State's lead down to 21-16. Jake Miller got his second rushing touchdown of the game with a five-yard run two minutes into the half.
With nine seconds left in the third quarter, Miller's third touchdown run gave North Dakota its first lead of the game. He scored from one yard out to cap off a 13-play, 67-yard drive that took over five and a half minutes off the clock.
UND's two-point conversion attempt failed, and thus the Fighting Sioux led 22-21.
The Bulldog offense woke up after a quiet third quarter and countered to regain the lead. With a heavy dose of Rouse - who had runs of 10, nine, seven, nine and 17 yards on the drive - he hurled over the line for a one-yard touchdown run at 9:14.
Like UND on the previous drive, Fresno State's two-point conversion failed and the Bulldog lead was 27-22.
After that, the Bulldog defense got the stop they needed and Rouse sealed the game by picking up a pair of first downs.
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