Nov. 14, 2009
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Ryan Colburn passed for a career-high 362 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs (6-4, 5-2) but his two touchdowns were all the Dogs could muster against Nevada in a 52-14 loss.
Fresno State had five turnovers, including four fumbles in the second half that allowed he Nevada offense to build a commanding lead.
The Bulldogs also lost running back Ryan Mathews, the nation's leading rusher with 165.1 yards per game entering Saturday, to an injury in the second quarter. He carried eight times for 35 yards.
Fresno State rolled up 474 total yards in the game, mainly in the passing game as Colburn connected with Chastin West for a career-high seven catches for 77 and Marlon Moore for 103 yards, including a beautiful 61-yard bomb that set up Fresno State's second touchdown. Colburn was sacked six times by a Nevada defense that held the Dogs to a season-low 112 rushing yards and 14 points. The Dogs entered the game ranked fifth in the nation in rushing, seventh in scoring and 17th in total offense.
Jamel Hamler had four receptions for 98 yards in the game.
Lonyae Miller led the Dogs with 55 rushing yards on 10 carries in Mathews' absence.
HEAD COACH Pat Hill: "When you have almost 500 yards of total offense but have five turnovers, it makes it tough. You can't do that to a good team like that. They took advantage. We got out played and out executed. Nevada was a better team today."
"I thought we had a great game plan coming in but they really dominated at the line of scrimmage. What killed us today was the dive play and that's because we just got beat at the line of scrimmage."
"We have two big games left and I hope our fans come out and send these seniors off on the right note. I know we will bounce back and be ready to go."
"We Are Your Team" - The Bulldogs are wrapping up their final home football game on Saturday, November 21, when the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs come to town. Kick-off is set for 2 p.m. Don't forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy to help the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve "Toys for Tots" Program. Fresno State will honor the 20th Anniversary of the 1989 Cal Bowl Champion team at halftime of the game. Tickets can be purchased at the Bulldog Ticket Office, by calling 278-DOGS or online at GoBulldogs.com.
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