Fresno St. Wins, Tied For 1st; Dean Out For Season
FRESNO, Calif. _ The Fresno State football team strolled out to a 42-3 halftime lead and defeated Hawai'i 45-10 Saturday at Bulldog Stadium.
The Bulldog first-team offense played only in the first half, where they racked up 428 yards in 30 minutes and scored on 6-of-8 possessions. After Saturday night's victory, Fresno State (7-3, 5-1 Mountain West) is now averaging 49 points and 530 yards of offense in five home games.
"I'm really pleased with how our players came out with a very business-like attitude today," head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "We jumped on them early. I thought our defense did some things to spark our offense and I thought our offense took advantage of it."
Senior running back Robbie Rouse, who came into the game owning or being tied for eight school records, added on to the resume of his exceptional career. Rouse went over 1,000 yards rushing for the season, running 13 times for 102 yards and one touchdown that was a 51-yard dash right through the middle of the Warrior defense.
He becomes the first Bulldog tailback to have three separate 1,000-yard rushing seasons and his 102-yard day marked his 19th 100-yard game. Rouse moved ahead of Ron Rivers (1991-93) for the most 100-yard games in school history.
"It's great and makes you feel good as a running back," Rouse said of eclipsing 1,000 yards. "Throughout my career I've been blessed to have a great scheme, great line and great players around me to help me get to that mark, so I'm just happy it happened."
Quarterback Derek Carr went over 3,000 yards passing on the season, joining Trent Dilfer as the only Bulldog quarterbacks to eclipse the milestone in two separate seasons.
Carr was 15-of-23 passing for 304 yards and four touchdowns in his one half of play. Carr now has 30 touchdowns on the season and has thrown three or more TDs in 6-of-10 games this year. The 30 touchdown passes ties for the second-most in single-season history, behind the 46 that his brother David threw in 2001.
"When Robbie's running the ball that well, it helps me out so much because they can't just key in on one thing," Carr said when he was asked what was working so well in the first half. "I thought coach Schramm did a great job getting the game plan together."
Hawai'i, which fell to 1-7 with the loss and 0-5 in MW play, finished with just 300 yards in the game, 203 of which came in the second half.
Linebacker Travis Brown, who tied for the team lead with six tackles and one sack, said facing the Warrior pro-style offense was similar to what they've seen in practices in previous years when the 'Dogs used to run that offense.
"They are doing similar things that we've seen in the past," Brown said. "They tried to get us a little bit more in the run game though. The coaching staff had it figured out that they would try to come out and run on us and I felt like we played the run well."
Hawai'i finished with 79 yards on the ground, 221 passing. Fresno State sacked the Warriors five times, tying the season-high, and forced three turnovers on the day.
Derron Smith picked off his fifth pass of the season, giving the Bulldogs 17 total interceptions and at least one in eight-straight games.
Redshirt freshman Todd Hunt, making his first career start, forced a fumble on a sack in the first quarter that Nikko Motta recovered. Then in the third quarter, Karl Mickelsen's sack forced UH quarterback Sean Schroeder to fumble for the second time in the game and Shannon Edwards recovered for the 'Dogs.
Courtesy: Fresno St. Athletics