Strong Defensive Efforts Leads 'Dogs Past CSU

Oct. 6, 2012

By Jason Clay

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Head Coach Tim DeRuyter
Senior S Phillip Thomas
Junior QB Derek Carr
Senior LB Travis Brown
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th F
Fresno St. 7 7 0 14 28
Colorado St. 0 0 0 7 7

Team Stat Comparison
1st Downs 24 15
Rushing 1st Downs 14 3
Passing 1st Downs 8 10
Net Yards Rushing 191 55
Rushing Attempts 43 27
Avg Per Rush 4.4 2.0
Rushing TDs 0 0
Net Yards Passing 217 194
Cmp-Att-Int 25-42-0 16-31-1
Avg Per Attempt 5.2 6.3
Avg Per Completition 8.7 12.1
Passing TDs 4 1

Individual Stat Leaders
Passing Leaders
  Cmp-Att-Int Yds TD Lng
D. Carr 25-39-0 217 4 25
M.J. McPeek 15-29-0 192 1 37

Rushing Leaders
Fresno St. No Yds TD Avg
  Robbie Rouse 26 124 0 4.8
  Marteze Waller 5 32 0 6.4
  Chria Nwoke 15 68 0 4.5
  Joe Hansley 2 9 0 4.5

Receiving Leaders
Fresno St. No Yds TD Lng
  Robbie Rouse 9 50 0 13
  Davante Adams 4 41 2 25
  Crockett Gilmore 4 41 0 14
  Charles Lovett 4 32 1 12
Game-6FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Fresno State football team held Colorado State to just 249 total yards and Derek Carr threw for four touchdowns in a 28-7 road victory over the Rams at Hughes Stadium on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (4-2, 2-0 Mountain West) were 42 seconds away from registering their first shutout since the 2009 season opener, but the Rams (1-5, 0-2 MW) scored in the final minute.

"Our defense did play well today," head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "We were getting off the field and had a couple of big third down and fourth down stops."

Fresno State held Colorado State to just 5-of-14 on third downs and 1-of-3 on fourth downs while forcing two turnovers in the game. The Rams only had 55 yards rushing, which is the second time this year the Bulldogs held their opponent to under 100 yards rushing.

"We're fast, physical and fanatical. We get after the ball and force turnovers," said senior safety Phillip Thomas, who led the Bulldogs with eight tackles, one sack, one interception and one forced fumble. "We're out there to force turnovers and make big plays. That's what this defense is all about and that's the type of players we have on this team."

Thomas' six picks on the year leads the nation and is already tied for the second-most in Mountain West single-season history.

Carr's four TDs on Saturday gives him 15 touchdown passes over the last four games.

"My offensive line is amazing and my receivers make me look a lot better than I am," said Carr, who was 25-of-39 passing for 217 yards and the four TDs. "We have so many weapons, so many guys that are good at what they do. [Our receivers] do a great job of winning on routes and all I got to do is throw it to them."

Senior running back Robbie Rouse had 124 yards rushing on 26 carries, recording his fifth 100-yard rushing game this year and 17th of his career. Rouse also caught a career-high nine passes for 50 yards in the win.

Redshirt freshman Davante Adams caught two of Carr's four TDs and Isaiah Burse and Josh Harper had the other two. Harper has now caught a touchdown pass in four-straight games.

The Bulldogs struck first with a 10-yard Carr to Adams' touchdown pass. The play was set up by Thomas' sack that forced CSU quarterback M.J. McPeek to fumble, which Andy Jennings recovered for Fresno State at the CSU 26-yard line.

It wasn't until late in the second quarter when the Bulldogs scored again, and this TD was set up by a play on special teams.

Kyrie Wilson blocked a punt with 1:49 left in the half and the 'Dogs capitalized with a Carr 20-yard touchdown pass to Harper. That gave Fresno State a 14-0 lead heading into the locker room.

The Bulldog defense kept getting stops in the third quarter and fourth quarters, several on fourth downs that gave Fresno State the ball in CSU territory.

After a fourth-down stop by Thomas, Carr hit Burse on a 15-yard score early in the fourth. Then after Thomas' interception on CSU's next possession, Carr connected with Adams again to put the 'Dogs up 28-0.

Colorado State escaped the shutout with a McPeek 12-yard touchdown pass to Charles Lovett.

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