Bulldogs Fall 27-26 at Tulsa

Sept. 22, 2012

By Jason Clay

Final Stats |  Notes

Post-Game Interviews
Senior RB Robbie Rouse
Junior QB Derek Carr
Senior S Phillip Thomas
Junior LB Patrick Su'a
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th F
Fresno St. 20 0 6 0 26
Tulsa 7 10 10 0 27

Team Stat Comparison
1st Downs 16 17
Rushing 1st Downs 5 5
Passing 1st Downs 11 9
Net Yards Rushing 133 126
Rushing Attempts 37 43
Avg Per Rush 3.6 2.9
Rushing TDs 1 1
Net Yards Passing 231 228
Cmp-Att-Int 26-44-0 14-38-3
Avg Per Attempt 5.2 6.0
Avg Per Completition 8.9 16.3
Passing TDs 1 2

Individual Stat Leaders
Passing Leaders
  Cmp-Att-Int Yds TD Lng
D. Carr 26-44-0 231 1 32
C. Green 13-37-3 202 1 42

Rushing Leaders
Fresno St. No Yds TD Avg
  Robbie Rouse 27 135 1 5.0
  Greg Watson 2 5 0 2.5
  Alex Singleton 18 56 0 3.1
   Ja'Terian Douglas 11 56 1 4.7

Receiving Leaders
Fresno St. No Yds TD Lng
  Josh Harper 7 115 1 32
  Davante Adams 5 51 0 22
  Jordan James 4 84 0 42
  Thomas Roberson 3 65 1 29

TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa outscored Fresno State 20-6 in the final three quarters to hand the Bulldogs a 27-26 loss Saturday night at H.A. Chapman Stadium.

The two teams entered the game both averaging over 40 points per game, but Saturday's affair was one dominated by defense.

The Bulldogs (2-2) jumped out to a 20-7 lead in the first quarter, but only got six more points the rest of the way in their final non-conference game of the season.

"It's frustrating any time you lose," head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "We knew this wasn't going to be a team that lay down just because we scored a couple of touchdowns early. We knew it was going to be a long game. We got to do a better job of sustaining."

Fresno State got a 37-yard touchdown run from Robbie Rouse, a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown from Patrick Su'a and a 32-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr to Josh Harper to take the 20-7 lead in the first quarter.

Tulsa (3-1) cut the lead down to three in the second quarter, but another Bulldog interception return for a touchdown - this one a 21-yard return from Tristan Okpalaugo - gave the Bulldogs a 26-17 lead.

Unsuccessful point after attempts on both of Fresno State's defensive touchdowns proved costly in the one-point loss.

"There's a lot of things that happened in that game. It wasn't offense, defense or special teams, it was a combination of all three [that hurt us]," DeRuyter said.

Fresno State's defense played hard all game and held Tulsa to just 126 yards rushing and 14-of-38 passing (.368) for 228 yards. The Golden Hurricane entered the game averaging 286 yards rushing and 525 yards of total offense.

Tulsa's defense did a great job limiting Fresno State's passing game, not letting Carr get the ball deep. The Bulldogs only had five first downs in the second half and five of Fresno State's nine second-half drives started inside its own 20-yard line.

Rouse finished 135 yards rushing on 27 attempts and the one touchdown. It was his fourth-straight 100-yard rushing game and the 16th of his career, tying him with Ryan Mathews for the second most in school history.

Carr was 26-of-44 passing for 231 yards and one TD with no interceptions. He connected with Harper seven times, as Harper finished with 115 yards receiving for his first career 100-yard game.

Phillip Thomas led the defense with 10 tackles. The Bulldogs intercepted three passes in the game. The third one was by Derron Smith, who added seven tackles.

Tulsa's offense finished with 354 yards to Fresno State's 364. The Bulldogs held them to 5-of-21 on third-down plays, but Tulsa picked up three first downs in its final drive that ate up 5:41 on the clock late in the fourth quarter to basically seal the game.

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