Might Rouse, Might Night

FRESNO, Calif. – On a record night at Bulldog Stadium, senior running back Robbie Rouse stole the show in a scoring inferno as the Fresno State football team defeated Colorado 69-14 Saturday night.

Playing in less than a full half, Rouse ran nine times for 144 yards and caught four passes for 42 yards. He had two touchdowns rushing and two receiving, and his four total touchdowns tied a Bulldog Stadium record.

Rouse even tied a record while setting a record. His 94-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter tied for the longest in school history and pushed him ahead of Ron Rivers as the school’s all-time leading rusher.

He now stands alone at the top of the record books with 3,539 yards in his astonishing career.

“It was better than I ever imagined. I never imagined that the record would be broken on a 94-yard run,” Rouse said. “I just want to thank my teammates and everyone – offense to defense – I couldn’t have done it without them.”

The Bulldogs (2-1) racked up 665 yards of offense, 516 of which came in the first half. Fresno State set new Mountain West records with a 35-point first quarter and 55 total points in the first half.

But just how good is Fresno State’s new offense? The ‘Dogs set a new program by averaging 9.9 yards per play.

“Our guys relish this opportunity,” head coach Tim DeRuyter said. “You combine the X’s and O’s of our scheme, [offensive coordinator] Dave Schramm calling a good game and very talented players, it all kind of came together today.”

The 55-point win is Fresno State’s largest over a BCS school since it was formed in 1998 and was the program’s 13th win over a BCS school since 2003.

“We’ve got good players,” DeRuyter said. “Our guys have done a great job working their tails off and they believe in what we do.”

The night wasn’t all about offense though. Fresno State intercepted four passes – one off the Bulldog Stadium record – and held Colorado to 278 yards of offense.

Phillip Thomas had three of Fresno State’s four interceptions in the game and he returned two of them for touchdowns. Thomas tied the school and Mountain West records for interceptions in a game and tied the MW record for interceptions returned for a touchdown.

“I’m really happy and couldn’t believe it,” Thomas said of his three interceptions. “It was the best game I’ve ever played in my life.”

Derron Smith had Fresno State’s other interception and the Bulldogs recorded four sacks in the game.

Quarterback Derek Carr played only in the first half. He finished his day by going 17-for-22 passing for 300 yards and five touchdowns with one interception. It was his fifth career 300-yard passing game and his five TDs tied his career high.

Carr was close to setting yet another record on the night. He threw a 97-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Burse in the monster first quarter. That was one yard off the school record and it was the second longest ever given up by a Colorado defense.

Burse finished with three catches for 107 yards, his second career 100-yard receiving game. Josh Harper had five catches for 52 yards and a TD and Davante Adams added four catches for 74 yards with a 60-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.

– Jason Clay  is the assistant director athletic communicatins at California State University of Fresno. www.GoBulldogs.com 



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