The Bulldogs conducted a second-half shutout for the second straight game. Through eight games, the Bulldog have allowed just 10 third quarter points, outscoring the opponents 59-10.
Ryan Mathew's two touchdowns give him 31 career rushing touchdowns and sole possession of second place in Fresno State's history. He now trails Anthony Daigle by four touchdowns. Daigle had 35 from 1991-93.
Mathews rushed for 185 yards in the game, pushing his NCAA season total to 1,316 yards, for an average of 164.5 yards. Marshall's Darius Marshall, who enter the game trailing Mathews by nearly 26 yards per game, plays Sunday. Mathews has 2,788 yards in his career, third-most in Bulldog history. He needs 229 yards for second place of 3,017 yards, held by Michael Pittman (1993-97)
Receiver Seyi Ajirotutu had his best game of the season with 7 receptions for 124 yards and am 18-yard touchdown, his third of the season and the eighth of his career. He now has 1,800 yards in his career, 10th most in school history.
Vince Pascoe's second quarter catch of 23 yards was the longest of his career, and converted a big third down play for the Bulldogs. It set up a Kevin Goessling field goal.
Kevin Goessling's 50-yard field goal in the second quarter was his longest of the season and the second-longest in the WAC this season. He has two 50-plus yard field goals in his career, both against Utah State. Last season he kicked a school record 58-yard field goal to beat Utah State in Logan. Goessling has made 17 of his last 19 attempts with 10 straight. He has hit on 10-of-11 this season.
Ryan Colburn had 131 passing yards in the first half of the game, more than he had for a the last four games. He finished with 256 yards, second-most in his career. He has 289 against Wisconsin earlier this season.
The Dogs will travel to Idaho next weekend to take on the Vandals, who are 7-2 on the season and 4-1 in the WAC after a come-from-behind win over Louisiana Tech in the final minute of Saturday's game, 35-34.