Oct. 24, 2009
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Fresno State football team improved to 4-3 and 3-1 in WAC after beating New Mexico State 34-3 on Saturday evening. Bulldog running back Ryan Mathews ran for 157 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns. He continues to lead the nation in rushing as he went over 1,000. He currently has 1,131 yards, good for an average of 161.6 yards a game.
The win was highlighted by several big plays from the special teams and defense as Lorne Bell had a 17-yard interception return for a touchdown, Ben Jacobs blocked a field goal and Chastin West had an 88-yard punt return for a touchdown.
The offense racked up 410 yards of total offense and Jamel Hamler had a career night as he had 63 yards receiving on three receptions. Seyi Ajirotutu led the receiving corp with 64 yards on three receptions.
Saturday was the first time in three years that this game has been decided by more than a touchdown. The Bulldogs now lead the overall series 16-0.
The Bulldogs return to Bulldog Stadium on Saturday to host Utah State at 2 p.m.
POSTGAME NOTES AND QUOTES
Fresno State Quotes
Head Coach Pat Hill
"Our defense and special teams played great tonight. It was a tough night running the ball. Give New Mexico State credit. They had a great game plan and really loaded the box. It was tough sledding early. Our coaches made some great adjustments in the second half and it opened up a little bit. We are able to take the pressure off by hitting some big plays in the passing game. It wasn't Ryan's (Colburn) best night. Some night's a pitcher is not going to have his best stuff, but he really hit some big passes when we needed, and managed the game well."
"I can't say enough about our defense. They played great. I loved the goal line stands we had, especially with the young guys in there at the end of the game. There was some big-time hitting going on. It's good to get them experience in those situations."
"The special teams keep getting better. They didn't bring a kickoff out past the 20 (yard line) and we had some big plays with the blocked field goal and the big returns by Chastin (West) and Marlon (Moore)."
"We played at a high level tonight like we have all season. It was a good win. We've won three in a row and everyone got to play for the third game in a row. We are looking forward to coming back home next week for Utah State. They are playing very well right now. I hope we have a big crowd. The fans only have two more chances to see us play at home this season."
Quarterback Ryan Colburn
"They (NMSU) did a good job tonight. They gave us some looks we hadn't seen on film and really stacked the box in ways we weren't expecting. We made some adjustments though and finally got the running game going."
"We didn't play our best offensive game but the defense and special teams really picked us up. They played great and kept their offense off the field. The guys on defense really deserve a lot of credit."
"We Are Your Team" - Spend your Halloween with the Bulldogs when they take on the Utah State Aggies. Kick-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. It will also be Youth Football Day at Bulldog Stadium. For special youth ticket deals, be sure to check out GoBulldogs.com or call the Bulldog Ticket Office at 278-DOGS.
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