October 2, 2011
Bulldogs can't respond late in game
Despite getting 123 yards rushing from Robbie Rouse and 127 receiving yardes from Jalen Suanders the Fresno State Bulldog were not able to respond late in the fourth quarter and fell to Ole Miss 38-28 Saturday night at Bulldog Stadium.
The big plays hurt the Bulldogs once again as Rebels running back Jeff Scoot had a 69-yard touchdwon run in the third quarter that gave the Rebels the lead for good.
"I thought that was a hard, hard football game," head coach Pat Hill said. "Mississippi played their best game of the season tonight and it took their best game to beat us tonight. We got to move on and put this game to bed fast and work on Boise, we have a short week and we have a great opportunity here next Friday night to play once again in Fresno on ESPN."
Derek Carr 25-37 in the game for 281 yards one touchdwon and one interception. He also had one rushing touchdown.
Robbie Rouse ran for over 100 yards for the fourth consecutive game.
Fresno State struck first, as Carr hit Rashad Evans on a two-yard touchdown pass seven minutes into the game. The scoring drive was set up by a 31-yard punt return by Devon Wylie, his fourth punt return this season of 30 or more yards.
Ole Miss quickly countered scoring two touchdowns over the next six minutes. Brandon Bolden ran one in from 21 yards out and then Mackey hit Melvin Harris for a 22-yard TD on a third-and-7.
Jalen Saunders took a reverse and ran past the Rebel defense nearly untouched for a 26-yard touchdown to give Fresno State a 14-13 lead with 14 seconds left in the first quarter.
Mississippi took advantage of the first turnover of the game, which came four minutes into the second. Rouse's fumble on Fresno State's own 27-yard led to a Bolden 12-yard touchdown run. The fumble was just the second of Rouse's career and it came on his 401st career carry.
That gave the Rebels a 20-14 lead, and that score held going into the half. Then in the third quarter, the two teams went back-and-forth.
Fresno State went right to work on its first drive of the third quarter, scoring on a seven-yard touchdown run from Rouse. Carr then added on a one-yard TD run at 6:15 to put Fresno State up 28-27.
Ole Miss got a 69-yard touchdown run from Scott in between the Bulldog third-quarter touchdowns. At 8:49 of the fourth quarter, Scott scored again on a sweep to the left side to push the lead back to UM's side, 35-28, after a successful two-point conversion. Scott's TD run was from 12 yards out and it came on a third-and-9.
The Bulldogs were unable to counter in the fourth like they had earlier in the game and the Rebels iced it with a 24-yard field goal from Bryson Rose at 3:42.
"On defense, I thought we played tremendous for a lot of that game," Hill said. "We gave up a couple of big plays along the way, but like I said going into the game, [Scott] is an amazing athlete. They have big people that can run and they made some big plays when they had too."
The loss drops Fresno States record to 2-3 on the season as they now preapre for a huge match-up against the fourth ranked team in the nation the Boise State Broncos friday night inside Bulldog Stadium.
The Bulldogs will have to clear up the problems on defense and stop big plays if they hope to have any chance of upsetting the Broncos. Derek Carr will have to have a nearly perfectr game and Robbie Rouse must continue to carry the load as running back and try for his fifth straight 100 yard game.
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