Oct. 5, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
|Head Coach Tim DeRuyter
|Senior QB Derek Carr
|Soph. WR Davante Adams
|Junior S Derron Smith
|Soph. S Charles Washington
|Team Stat Comparison|
|Rushing 1st Downs||17||11|
|Passing 1st Downs||21||7|
|Net Yards Rushing||312||98|
|Avg Per Rush||6.2||2.3|
|Net Yards Passing||422||177|
|Avg Per Attempt||8.3||4.4|
|Avg Per Completition||11.1||10.4|
|Individual Stat Leaders|
Fresno State is now off to a 5-0 start to the season, its best start since 2001 when the Bulldogs opened the year with six-straight wins and reached as high as No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.
"I thought our guys came out with a lot of intensity. We sustained it for the most part, got a little sloppy there in the third quarter, but I like our team. We got better this week," head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "Our guys have fun playing and that's why it is fun to coach them."
The Bulldogs have now won 10-straight regular season games and have scored 40 or more points in every single one of those games.
Fresno State went for 734 yards of offense, which was 23 yards shy of tying the school record of 757 for the most yards in a game that was set back in 1991 against New Mexico.
One week after he saw his 11-game streak of consecutive games with a touchdown reception come to an end, Adams went off on Saturday at Idaho. He tied the school record with 16 receptions, which went for 185 yards and a career-high three touchdowns.
"We owed it to ourselves to finish a game the way we did today, because last week we obviously didn't do as well in the second half," Adams said. "I think we definitely needed this one."
Adams caught touchdowns on the first two possessions of the game, which included an acrobatic one-handed 17-yard TD on a back shoulder throw from Carr.
"Derek threw a great ball back shoulder because the guy was over the top, so it was just right there and I just threw the hand up," Adams said. "It was right there, it couldn't have been any easier."
Carr registered his third 400-yard passing game of the season and in the process set a new school record for most 300-yard passing games in a career with 14. Carr was 37-of-48 passing for 419 yards and five touchdowns with one interception. With 82 career touchdown passes, he now only need two more TDs to tie Paul Pinegar's school record of 84.
In the first half alone, Carr had 390 yards passing and his five touchdown passes was only one less than the number of incompletions (six) he had on 37 first-half attempts.
Defensively, the Bulldogs forced five turnovers in the game - recovering one fumble and picking off four passes. The four picks tied for the most in a game in the DeRuyter era, matching the four the Bulldogs had against Colorado last season in a 69-14 victory.
"The coaches were talking to us all week saying that the scoreboard is a liar, don't look at it, it is going to lie to you," safety Derron Smith said. "We tried to go out there (in the second half) with the same mentality as when we first went out there and I think we did a good job of doing that."
Smith had the first interception in the game, his third of the season and 10th of his career. Joining him with picks was Charles Washington, Nikko Motta and Curtis Riley. Washington's, Motta's and Riley's picks were all the first of their careers.
"That's mojo for the whole team, we feed off that energy," Washington said of the Bulldogs ability to get take-aways. "Everybody was hyped today, we came out strong and forced a lot of turnovers and were able to capitalize on it."
Fresno State had six sacks in the game and now has 13 sacks in the last two weeks. Idaho finished with 275 yards of offense.
Motta added two sacks to go along with his interception, which came on a blitz where Smith hit Vandal quarterback Chad Chalich when he was throwing the ball, causing it to pop up in the air and into Motta's hands. Sophomore Dillon Root added two sacks of his own on the last two plays of the game to put the stamp on the win.
For the second week in a row, the Bulldogs also ran the ball well. Fresno State gained 312 yards on the ground and had three rushing touchdowns.
Sophomore Marteze Waller registered the first 100-yard rushing game of the season by a Bulldog and the first of his career, as he ran 19 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Josh Quezada added 64 yards on 11 carries and Darryl Cash had the third touchdown run in the fourth quarter to cap off the scoring for Fresno State.
"Catch the Wave" - 2013 Fresno State football season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.
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