Fresno State at New Mexico State In-Game Notes

    Nov. 12, 2011

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    Pre-Game Notes
    • Fresno State captains: 8, 32, 41
    • New Mexico State won the toss, elected to receive. Fresno State to defend the North goal.
    • Senior Bryce Harris made his 35th consecutive start at left tackle for the bulldogs.
    Jermaine Thomas made his first start at cornerback since the season opener against Cal while linebacker Patrick Su'a made his first career start at outside linebacker.

    1st Quarter
    Isaiah Burse picked up 22 yards at 6:30 on a third-and-13 pass from Derek Carr. Burse caught the ball just shy of the first down marker, but broke a tackle to pick up the first down.
    Robbie Rouse scored on a five-yard touchdown run at 4:30 for his eighth rushing touchdown of the season and the 20th of his career.
    Chase McEntee recorded a six-yard sack in the final minute of the first quarter. It was his first sack of the season.
    Jalen Saunders caught a seven-yard pass at 0:22. It gave Saunders a catch in 23 consecutive games.

    2nd Quarter
    Milton Knox caught a 13-yard screen pass for a first down inside the 12-minute mark. It was the first catch of his career.
    Jalen Saunders had a 30-yard catch at 9:52, which was his eighth reception this season of 30 yards or more.
    Kevin Goessling's 20-yard field goal at 8:15 was the 59th of his career, tying his with Hawai'i's Justin Ayat for the third-most made field goals in WAC history.
    Matt Akers blocked Fresno State's ninth kick (1 punt, 8 kicks) of the season on NMSU's PAT attempt at 7:59. It was the Bulldogs' 101th overall blocked kick (PAT, FG or punt) in 15 years under head coach Pat Hill.
    L.J. Jones intercepted his third pass of the season at 4:31. It was Fresno State's first interception since the second game of the year at No. 10 Nebraska and the first turnover the Bulldog defense created since Oct. 15 against Utah State.
    A.J. Johnson caught a 35-yard pass at 2:27, which was Carr's fourth completion of over 20 yards in the game.
    Robbie Rouse caught a 20-yard touchdown pass on the very next play after Carr's completion to Johnson. It was Rouse's third career touchdown reception.
    Matt Akers recorded an 11-yard sack at 0:20, which was his 2.5 sack of the season. It moved the ball from the Fresno State 32-yard line back to the 43.

     

     

    3rd Quarter
    Isaiah Burse caught a 23-yard pass at 14:09. It was Carr's sixth completion of over 20 yards in the game.
    Jalen Saunders scored on a 15-yard touchdown run at 12:28, for his second rushing touchdown of the season. It gave him a touchdown in four-straight games and he has now scored a TD in 7-of-10 games this season.
    Jalen Saunders caught a 59-yard touchdown pass at 10:34, which was his fourth TD catch of over 50 yards this year.
    Jalen Saunders hauled in a 64-yard touchdown pass at 6:22 for his ninth TD reception this year. Derek Carr went over 300-yards passing on that play, which is his third 300-yard passing game this year.
    • Fresno State and New Mexico State combined for 400 yards of offense and 36 points in the third quarter alone.

    4th Quarter
    Robbie Rouse recorded his 20th carry of the game around the 12-minute mark. He has had 20 or more rushing attempts in 8-of-10 games this season.
    • Rouse scored for the second time on the ground and the third time overall at 8:05. This is his third game this year with two touchdown runs and the seventh of his career.

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