NCAA Game Summary - Utah State at Fresno State|
(Saturday, October 15th)
Final Score: Fresno State 31, Utah State 21
Fresno, CA (Sports Network) - Derek Carr threw for 248 yards and a pair of
touchdowns as the Fresno State Bulldogs secured a 31-21 win over the Utah
State Aggies in Western Athletic Conference action at Bulldog Stadium.
Carr completed 23-of-39 passes as the Bulldogs (3-4, 2-0 WAC) bounced back
from an ugly 57-7 loss to former WAC member Boise State last week and won for
the first time in three games. Running back Robbie Rouse registered his fifth
100-yard rushing effort in the last six games as he finished with 140 yards
and a score for the hosts.
The Aggies (2-4, 0-1) were paced by Robert Turbin who gained a game-high 155
yards and scored one TD on 16 rushing attempts in the team's third loss in the
last four outings. Chuckie Keeton connected on 15-of-31 passes for 194 yards
and a score, but was sacked three times along the way.
USU took the opening drive 87 yards in seven plays and capped it off with a
47-yard touchdown pass from Keeton to Michael Smith. The Aggies extended their
lead to 14-0 at the 6:10 mark of the opening period thanks to a 59-yard TD run
On the ensuing possession the Bulldogs put their first points of the night on
the board, thanks to a 23-yard TD pass from Carr to Isaiah Burse. Less than
three minutes into the second half FSU tied the game at 14-14 on a one-yard TD
run by Carr.
On the very next possession for the Aggies, a short field allowed the team to
run just two plays and get into the end zone when Smith streaked 46 yards over
the goal line to give the visitors a 21-14 edge at the break.
The Bulldogs took control in the second half as kicker Kevin Goessling booted
a 39-yard field goal to draw within four points in the third quarter.
Carr led an 80-yard drive to open the fourth quarter, needing just over three
minutes to get the hosts into the end zone once again, thanks to a 23-yard
pass to Jalen Saunders. Rouse capped off the night with a nine-yard scoring
run at the 8:05 mark to give the home team the double-digit victory.
With his field goal in the third quarter, Goessling moved into second place on
Fresno State's all-time scoring list with 335 points.
Utah State, which has not won in Fresno since 1980, has not won back-to-back
games since defeating New Mexico State (27-22) and San Jose State (38-34) last
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