No. 17 Fresno State Goes to 9-0 with 48-10 Win
Nov. 9, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
The Bulldogs improve to 9-0 for just the third time in school history and now sit 6-0 in Mountain West play with two games left in the regular season.
"We just had to execute," head coach Tim DeRuyter said of his team being down 10-0 early in the second quarter. "We dropped some balls early, had bad penalties, but our guys are resilient and I knew they would come back."
After trailing early and not scoring in the first quarter for the first time this season, Fresno State responded with key plays on both sides of the ball.
"We had some match-up advantages I thought and our guys made plays," DeRuyter said. "That's what you got to do, just keep giving our guys chances to make plays and they'll make them."
Derek Carr threw for 360 yards on 33-of-46 passing with four touchdowns and no interceptions. This was his fifth game this season with four or more TD passes and he now has gone 229-straight passes without an interception, setting a new Mountain West record.
"I've run out of words to describe him," DeRuyter said of Carr. "He's efficient, he leads us unbelievably, does everything right on and off the field. I don't know what else to say about the kid. I think he should be in the Heisman discussion."
Defensively, Fresno State held Wyoming to its lowest offensive total this year with only 296 yards. The Cowboys entered the game ranked ninth nationally averaging 516.2 yards per game, so the 'Dogs held them 220 yards under their season average.
"We gave up the big run early, it's still been a bugaboo, but after that we really limited their big plays," DeRuyter said. "It was really nice to see our guys shut them out in the second half. I thought it was a really good team victory."
Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith was held to a season-low 141 yards passing and was picked off one time by Derron Smith on the last play in the second quarter when the Cowboys were deep in Fresno State territory.
The most impressive stat of the night was the Bulldogs holding Wyoming to only 82 yards in the second half.
"They made it happen in the first quarter, but once we settled down and got adjusted, we had a good game plan set for them," Smith said.
Fresno State finished with 600 yards of total offense and had great balance, gaining 16 first downs passing and 14 rushing.
"We're going to get everybody's best game and [Wyoming] came out with so much energy and so much passion, we had to take our passion and energy to another level," Carr said. "I was happy with our guys that we did that."
Josh Quezada rushed for over 100 yards for the second-straight game, finishing with 105 yards on 16 carries and one TD. The 'Dogs ran for 234 yards total and had three rushing touchdowns.
After catching 17 passes for 253 yards and two TDs one week ago against Nevada, Josh Harper had another big night against Wyoming. He caught nine passes for 159 yards in the game.
Now the Bulldogs have a bye week before hosting New Mexico at home for senior day on Nov. 23.
"We were striving to get to this week to get the win, so now we can rest," Carr said. "We need this week to rest and after that, the coaches stay on us, it is just 1-0. I know it gets repetitive, but we keep winning so they must be on to something."
"Catch the Wave" - Tickets for Fresno State regular season finale against New Mexico on Nov. 23 are still available and can be purchased online at gobulldogs.com, over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647) or in person at the Bulldog Ticket Office located at Bulldog Stadium. The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.