Oct. 31, 2009
FRESNO, Calif.- Ryan Mathews rushed for 185 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown with 4:53 remaining, to lead Fresno State to a 31-27 victory over Utah State Saturday afternoon at Bulldog Stadium.
After being limited to six carries for 40 yards through two quarters, Mathews exploded for 145 yards on 17 carries in the second half. Mathews, the nation's leading rusher, had two rushing touchdowns in the game, and quarterback Ryan Colburn added 256 passing yards and a touchdown as Fresno State (5-3, 4-1 Western Athletic Conference) overcame a 10-point halftime deficit.
Bulldog receiver Seyi Ajirotutu eclipsed the century mark with seven catches for 124 yards and a touchdown.
Fresno State defensive end Chris Carter led the defense with a season-high 10 tackles, 3.5 of which were for a loss. Bulldog Logan Harrell dropped Aggie quarterback Diondre Borel for a five-yard loss for the only sack of the game.
Kicker Kevin Goessling extended his streak of consecutive field goals without a miss to 10, with a 50-yard field goal in the second quarter.
Borel threw for 240 yards and rushed for 105 for Utah State (2-6, 1-3), which went scoreless in the second half.
Fresno State led 14-10 after the first quarter thanks to a Mathews nine yard run and an Ajirotutu 18-yard pass from Colburn with 4:21 to play in the first. Utah State then scored 17 second quarter points to lead 27-17 at halftime.
The Bulldog defense then held the Aggies scoreless in the second half as Mathews scored the go-ahead touchdown with 4:53 to play in the game to give Fresno State the victory.
"We Are Your Team" - The Dogs head back on the road next week taking on WAC up-start Idaho Saturday, Nov. 7, in Moscow, Idaho. The game will be televised on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m. PT. Fresno State's final home game is scheduled for Nov. 21 vs. Louisiana Tech. For ticket specials be sure to check out GoBulldogs.com or call the Bulldog Ticket Office at 278-DOGS.
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