Early Troubles Doom `Dogs in Loss
Nov. 5, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - Backed by a 34-point first half, Louisiana Tech handed Fresno State a 41-21 loss on Saturday night at Bulldog Stadium.
Louisiana Tech (5-4, 4-1 WAC) won its fourth-straight game with an offensive onslaught of 550 yards. La Tech jumped on Fresno State early with four touchdowns of over 22 yards in the first half and the Bulldogs (3-6, 2-2) could not mount a comeback, as Tech dropped its defense back preventing Fresno State from getting any big plays of its own.
"We created our own problems getting down early," head coach Pat Hill said. "It is hard to dig yourself out of a hole. We were never able to get ourselves into a rhythm and the frustrating part is we weren't ever able to get into our game plan."
Tech quarterback Colby Cameron threw three first-half touchdown passes, the longest being a 75 yarder to Myles White, while running back Lennon Creer added a 53-yard run touchdown run as part of his 113 yard evening. Cameron finished the game with a career-high 358 yards on 18-of-32 passing with four TDs. His previous career-high was 251 yards against Navy a season ago.
"On the defensive side of the ball, the big play got us," Hill said. "That has been a situation that we have had all year, giving up the big plays."
Fresno State did gain 405 yards of offense, 238 of which came in the second half when Fresno State outscored La Tech 14-7. But that was far too little too late.
Junior running back Robbie Rouse went over 1,000 yards rushing on the season to become the fourth Bulldog to have back-to-back 1,000 yards seasons. He finished the game with 96 yards rushing on 24 carries.
Senior wide receiver Devon Wylie caught a career-high 13 passes for 149 yards and one 24-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. His 13 receptions are the most since Matt Rivera hauled in 10 catches vs. Louisiana Tech in 2005.
Fellow receiver Jalen Saunders also set a career-high with eight catches for 69 yards and one touchdown, giving him seven TD catches on the year. That ties him for the most by a Bulldog in the last 10 seasons.
Bulldog quarterback Derek Carr completed 39-of-49 passes for 290 yards and he had three touchdowns with two interceptions. His 39 completions were one off the school record of 40 that was set by Dave Telford in 1987.
Redshirt freshman Victor Dean was the recipient of Carr's third touchdown, which came in the first quarter. It was his second career catch, both of which have gone for scores.
"We Are Your Team" - Fresno State hits the road next weekend when it travels to New Mexico State for a 5 p.m. game that is being televised on the WAC Sports Network.