October 24, 2010

Bulldogs rain on San Jose State 33-18

On a night that was rainy and soggy, the Fresno State Bulldogs had a up and down game. The Bulldogs did come away with a 33-18 victory in front of an announced crowd of about 3,000 fans in San Jose. Robbie Rouse led the Bulldogs with 27 carries for 116 yards and two touchdowns. They were also led by kicker Kevin Goessling who kicked a career high four field goals in the game. Defensively the Bulldogs dominated the line recording five sacks two of which came from senior defensive end Chris Carter.

The Bulldogs came into the game against San Jose State looking to establish momentum going into November were they will face tough competition. On Saturday the Bulldogs did just that, the Bulldogs scored first when Kevin Goessling hit a 43 yard field goal to make it 3-0. The Bulldogs would get a four yard touchdown run in the seocnd quarter by Robbie Rouse to go up 10-0 at the half.

The second half started the same way the first half ended with Fresno State scoring on another field goal by Goessling this time from 44 yards out. The next possession from the 'Dogs saw them bust out a little trickeration when Isaiah Burse took a reverse and instead of running threw a 43 yard touchdown pass to a wide open Rashad Evans to make it 20 -0 Fresno State. Robbie rouse would add one more touchdown and Goessling would add two more field goals to give the Bulldogs a comfterable 33-18 win.

The Bulldogs defense was able to control the game all night as they held the Spartans to just 12 yards rushing. They had five sacks and two interceptions in the game. They also were able to recover a fumble. The interceptions came from Philip Thomas and Jermaine Thomas. The Bulldogs spent time this past week trying to stop the run.

"That's basically what we were focusing on all week during practice: stopping the run," Bulldogs defensive tackle Logan Harrell said. "It had been a little trouble for us up front throughout the season. We worked on it a lot this season and it showed tonight."

Head coach Pat Hill was happy about how his defense played but was un happy that his offense could not convert touchdowns and instead had to settle for field goals in the game.

"We got good field position from our defense and instead of scoring touchdowns, we settled for field goals and that's not going to be good enough later in the year," coach Pat Hill said

The Bulldogs now will have a bye week before their November schedule begins on November 6th when they travel to Louisiana to take on Louisiana Tech. With the victory over San Jose State the Bulldogs improved to 5-2 on the season and 3-1 in the WAC.




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