Bulldogs Fall to Ole Miss, 38-28
Oct. 1, 2011
Ole Miss (2-3) and Fresno State (2-3) traded big plays throughout the game, but running back Jeff Scott carried the Rebels to the victory with two second-half touchdown runs, one being from 69-yards out. The Bulldogs, who led 28-27 after a one-yard Derek Carr touchdown run at 6:15 of the third quarter, did not score again after that.
"I thought that was a hard, hard football game," head coach Pat Hill said. "Mississippi played their best game of the season tonight and it took their best game to beat us tonight. We got to move on and put this game to bed fast and work on Boise, we have a short week and we have a great opportunity here next Friday night to play once again in Fresno on ESPN."
Fresno State outgained the Rebels 444-430, but it was the big plays from Ole Miss that hurt the Bulldogs Saturday night. Scott finished with 138 yards rushing and the two TDs and Rebel quarterback Randall Mackey threw for 214 yards and one touchdown.
"On defense, I thought we played tremendous for a lot of that game," Hill said. "We gave up a couple of big plays along the way, but like I said going into the game, [Scott] is an amazing athlete. They have big people that can run and they made some big plays when they had too."
Rouse's 123 yards rushing gives him his fourth-straight 100-yard rushing game. He did it on 28 carries and had one of three rushing touchdown on the night for Fresno State. Saunders added one on a 26-yard reverse in the first quarter, as he had 184 all-purpose yards in the game.
Saunders caught six passes for 127 yards. He becomes the first Bulldog receiver since Bernard Berrian in 2001 to have three-straight 100-yard receiving games.
Carr completed 25-of-37 passes for 281 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Defensively, Fresno State was led by linebackers Kyle Knox and Travis Brown. Knox tied his career-high with 11 tackles and he added 2.5 tackles for a loss and one sack. Brown had 10 stops for his second-consecutive double-digit tackle game.
Fresno State struck first, as Carr hit Rashad Evans on a two-yard touchdown pass seven minutes into the game. The scoring drive was set up by a 31-yard punt return by Devon Wylie, his fourth punt return this season of 30 or more yards.
Ole Miss quickly countered scoring two touchdowns over the next six minutes. Brandon Bolden ran one in from 21 yards out and then Mackey hit Melvin Harris for a 22-yard TD on a third-and-7.
Jalen Saunders took a reverse and ran past the Rebel defense nearly untouched for a 26-yard touchdown to give Fresno State a 14-13 lead with 14 seconds left in the first quarter.
Mississippi took advantage of the first turnover of the game, which came four minutes into the second. Rouse's fumble on Fresno State's own 27-yard led to a Bolden 12-yard touchdown run. The fumble was just the second of Rouse's career and it came on his 401st career carry.
That gave the Rebels a 20-14 lead, and that score held going into the half. Then in the third quarter, the two teams went back-and-forth.
Fresno State went right to work on its first drive of the third quarter, scoring on a seven-yard touchdown run from Rouse. Carr then added on a one-yard TD run at 6:15 to put Fresno State up 28-27.
Ole Miss got a 69-yard touchdown run from Scott in between the Bulldog third-quarter touchdowns. At 8:49 of the fourth quarter, Scott scored again on a sweep to the left side to push the lead back to UM's side, 35-28, after a successful two-point conversion. Scott's TD run was from 12 yards out and it came on a third-and-9.
The Bulldogs were unable to counter in the fourth like they had earlier in the game and the Rebels iced it with a 24-yard field goal from Bryson Rose at 3:42.
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