Fresno State In-Game Notes vs. Utah State
Oct. 15, 2011
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Fresno State captains: 8, 10, 53
Fresno State won the toss, elected to kick. Bulldogs to defend the North end zone.
Senior Bryce Harris made his 32nd consecutive start at left tackle for the bulldogs.
Jalen Saunders caught a 15-yard pass on Fresno State's first offensive play of the game. The reception gave him a catch in 20-straight games (every game in his career).
Isaiah Burse caught a 23-yard touchdown pass at 4:07 for his first receiving touchdown of the season and third of his career.
Derek Carr's 20-yard rush at 00:55 was a career-long.
Robbie Rouse's fifth carry of the game gave him 2,321 rushing yards in his career and it moved him ahead of Aaron Carver for eighth place on the Fresno State career rushing yard record list.
Derek Carr completed 8-of-13 passes for 107 yards and the one touchdown in the first quarter.
Utah State had 235 yards of offense to Fresno State's 167 in the first 15 minutes of the game.
Josh Harper caught passes of nine and 18 yards on back-to-back plays during Fresno State's second drive of the quarter.
Devon Wylie returned a punt 40 yards at 4:34, giving him a punt return of 30 or more yards in six-straight games.
The two teams combined for 577 yards of offense in the first half. Utah State had 305 yards and the Bulldogs had 272.
Travis Brown had tackles behind the line of scrimmage on back-to-back plays during USU's first drive of the quarter.
A.J. Johnson caught a seven-yard pass to give the Bulldogs a first down at 9:49. It was his third catch of the season.
Robbie Rouse's 10-yard run at 8:33 pushed him over 100 yards rushing in the game. This is his fifth 100-yard game of the season and ninth of his career.
Utah State's Nevin Lawson was called for pass interference penalties on back-to-back plays inside of the nine minute mark of the quarter. The penalties moved the ball down from the Bulldog 43-yard line to the Aggie 32-yard line.
Kevin Goessling's 39-yard field goal at 7:47 gave him 335 points in his career and moved him into second place on the school's all-time scoring list.
Tristan Okpalaugo had the game's first sack on the last play of the third quarter. It came on a third-and-goal for the Aggies at the Bulldog 13-yard line. It was his second sack of the season.
Marcel Jensen blocked a 31-yard field goal at 14:55. It was his second block of the season and the sixth blocked kick (PAT or field goal) this year for Fresno State.
Jalen Saunders scored on a 23-yard touchdown catch at 11:54 where he made five defenders miss on a play where it appeared he was dead in the water. It was Saunders' fifth TD reception of the season.
Tristan Okpalaugo's second sack of the game at 11:27 forced Utah State to fumble. It was the Aggies' first turnover of the game and gave Fresno State the ball on the Aggie 23-yard line. Jeremiah Toma recovered the fumble for the Bulldogs.
Robbie Rouse scored his first touchdown of the game at 8:05 to put Fresno State up 31-21. It came on third-and-9 at the Utah State 10-yard line.