October 17, 2010

Bulldogs run past Aggies 33-10

On a night where Fresno State celebrated its centennial birthday, the Fresno State Bulldogs football team gave the fans and the university a birthday to remember.

The fans not only got to see a post game fireworks show, but were treated to fireworks during the game as the Bulldogs dominated the New Mexico State Aggies 33-10 in front of 32,000 fans Saturday night at Bulldog Stadium.

"It's a great bounce back game, we didn't get to down on ourselves, we had a bad week it happens teams have their down weeks." said Chris Carter " I think our team did a great job of bouncing back, we still have an opportunity to go out there and compete for what we want and that's a WAC title."

Fresno State which was coming off a loss to Hawaii, came out looking to get off to a fast start against the Aggies in the first quarter. On the Bulldogs second possession of the game Robbie Rouse took a handoff from Ryan Colburn 57 yards to the house to give the Bulldogs an early 7-0 lead. Fresno State's defense would score the next points as New Mexico State backed up on their own 14 yard line saw a snap go over their quarterback Andrew Manley's head into the end zone leading to a Bulldogs safety. This put the 'dogs up 9-0.

On the ensuing possession for the 'Dogs, freshman Isaiah Burse would take a reverse 30 yards to the end zone to give the Bulldogs a 16-0 lead with 3:09 remaining in the first quarter. New Mexico State would finally get one the board when Tyler Stampler hit a 24 yard field goal to make it 16-3 at the end of the first..

The second quarter saw more of the same, as Fresno State continued to dominate the lowly Aggies who are now -5 on the season and 0-2 in WAC, as once again Rouse ran for a touchdown. This time it was a 38 yard carry that gave the Bulldogs a 23-3 lead. Robbie rouse finished the game with 16 carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

"I've just been waiting to have a game like this, I came into season hurt and nicked up and I just wanted to get healthy and do whatever I could to help my team, and tonight it felt good, real good," said Rouse who's 150 yards was a career high.

With 1:04 seconds left in the half Ryan Colburn would find Tapa Taumoepeau with a three yard pass to give the Bulldogs a 30-3 lead at halftime.

This would be all the 'Dogs needed as the second half was dominated by the defense who led by senior defensive ends Chris Carters three sacks and freshman Derron Smith who had seven tackles. The Bulldogs stifled the Aggies offense which is ranked as the third worst overall in the nation, allowing only 10 points, seven of which came against the second team defense late in the fourth quarter.

The win gives the Bulldogs momentum going into next week's game vs. San Jose State another cellar dweller of not only the Western Athletic Conference but also the nation. Head coach Pat Hill was happy the way his team rebounded.

"That was a good way to get back on track," said Hill. " I thought the first half we played excellent football in all three phases, we did a great job establishing the run, defensively did a good job shutting down their offense, and our special teams really played well."

With the win Fresno State moves to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the WAC. Next week they travel to San Jose to take on the Spartans of San Jose State.

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