NCAA Game Summary - Idaho at Fresno State|
(Saturday, November 27th)
Final Score: Fresno State 23, Idaho 20
Fresno, CA (Sports Network) - An A.J. Ellis one-yard run with just 14 seconds
remaining proved to be the difference as the Fresno State Bulldogs secured a
23-20 win over the Idaho Vandals in Western Athletic Conference play at
Ellis, who was filling in for an injured Robbie Rouse, finished with 55 yards
on 11 attempts for the Bulldogs (7-4, 5-3 WAC). Quarterback Ryan Colburn was
under constant pressure the entire night, but he managed to survive five sacks
as he converted 21-of-33 passes for 219 yards.
The Vandals (5-7, 2-5), who needed to win in order to keep hope alive for the
postseason, were led by Nathan Enderle who hit on 20-of-35 passes for 197
yards, but he was intercepted once and sacked a total of six times. Because of
the quarterback takedowns, Idaho was left with a net of just 13 rushing yards
on 21 attempts.
Fresno State kicker Kevin Goessling booted a pair of field goals in the first
half, a 47-yard effort in the opening frame and a 30-yard conversion in the
second quarter to give the hosts a 6-0 lead at the break.
In the third quarter the Bulldogs pushed their lead to 13-0 when Travis Brown
returned an interception 30 yards for the touchdowns.
At the 8:32 mark of the third the Vandals finally scored their first points of
the night as kicker Trey Farquhar made good on a 25-yard field goal.
Farquhar's 26-yard kick early in the fourth cut the deficit to 13-6.
Goessling struck again for the Bulldogs at the 6:42 mark of the fourth, this
time from 35 yards out to make the score 16-6.
However, on the ensuing kickoff Justin Veltung scampered 84 yards into the end
zone for the Vandals to close to within three points at 16-13. A four-yard TD
run by Deonte Jackson with just over two minutes remaining put Idaho in front
for the first time at 20-16.
A short kickoff by Idaho gave FSU a short field and plenty of opportunity for
Colburn to direct the team down the field a total of 60 yards on just nine
plays, culminating with the Ellis score.
The Vandals, who entered this week ranked last in the WAC and 115th in the
nation with 3.36 sacks allowed per game, generated a mere 210 yards due to all
the hits that Enderle suffered behind the line of scrimmage.
11/28 01:53:02 ET