Bulldogs Win at Hawai'i, 24-21
Derek Carr threw two TDs at Hawai'i
Derek Carr threw two TDs at Hawai'i

Nov. 20, 2011

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HONOLULU - The Fresno State football team defeated Hawai'i 24-21 Saturday night at Aloha Stadium behind a season-high 176 yards rushing from Robbie Rouse and 271 passing from Derek Carr.

However, it was the Bulldog defense that won the game to end a three-game losing streak for Fresno State (4-7, 3-3 WAC).

After giving up over 500 yards of offense and 40 points in each of the three previous games, the `Dogs only allowed 21 points and 306 yards of offense to the lethal Hawai'i offense that had been averaging over 400 yards per game.

"We knew if we played good defense we'd give ourselves a chance to win, and we did that," interim defensive coordinator Tim Skipper said. Skipper took over the defensive play calling after Randy Stewart resigned on Nov. 13.

The Bulldogs started fast offensively, jumping out to a 17-0 lead in the first half. In what has been missing most of the season, the Bulldogs then finished the game in the end to secure Fresno State's third win in its last four games at Hawai'i (5-6, 3-4 WAC).

"We get a win over here tonight on the island and it was a good win for us," head coach Pat Hill said. "We've been struggling all year and tonight could have gone either way, but tonight we finally got it going.

"They never stopped playing, never stopped swinging their pick and we made the plays in the end to win the game."

Hawai'i scored two touchdowns on its first two drives of the second half to take a 21-17 lead.

Carr got the Bulldogs back on top with a 43-yard touchdown pass to Josh Harper with 14:23 to play.

Behind Rouse, who had 37 carries and one touchdown, the `Dogs ate up a bunch of clock and the defense held stern. Fresno State had the ball for nearly 17 minutes more than Hawai'i had it.

The Warriors had a chance to win it at the end, getting the ball back down by three with 2:18 to play, but the Bulldogs would have none of it. Travis Brown's sack of David Graves at the Bulldog 35-yard line with under 15 seconds to go sealed the win.

Fresno State had four sacks in the game and Logan Harrell also recorded a sack on UH's final drive. Safety Cristin Wilson led the team with eight tackles.

Carr finished the game completing 19-of-29 passes for the 271 yards and two TDs. His first touchdown was a 44-yard connection with Jalen Saunders, which was his 10th touchdown catch of the season. Saunders becomes just the sixth Bulldog to catch 10 touchdowns in a season.

Rouse's 176 yards are four more than his previous season-high of 172 at Nevada on Oct. 22. He is now averaging 122 yards per game and has 10 rushing touchdowns.

Rouse also led the team with six receptions for 51 yards.

"We Are Your Team" - Fresno State hosts San Jose State next weekend on Senior Night at Bulldog Stadium. The home finale is set to kick off on Saturday at 5 p.m.



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