September 5, 2010

Fresno State downs Cincinnati

Fresno State Barks back

As the Fresno State football season kicked off, expectations were high that the Bulldogs could make some noise around the nation. However after the first quarter the high powered Fresno State running game and offense itself had only amassed eight yards, when the second quarter began Fresno State trailed 7-0 after Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros completed a 23 yard pass to D.J. Woods. Then with 11:44 left to go in the second quarter Collaros had a 5 yard touchdown run to put the Bearcats ahead 14-0 and Fresno State fans in shock.

As the second quarter wind down it seemed Fresno State would go into the half down, then the 'Dogs offense began to roll. With 4:45 seconds to go in the half, Senior Ryan Colburn completed a 18 yard pass to freshman Jalen Saunders, after a few rushing plays Colburn finally connected a 20 yard pass to sophomore running back Robbie Rouse to cut the Bearcats lead to seven 14-7.

Cincinnati got the ball back with 2:17 left in the first half, after a few plays that saw Cincy move the ball to the Fresno State 38, the 'Dogs seemed to be on the verge of going down by 14 again. After a holding penalty took the Bearcats back to the FSU 48, the Bulldogs defense what many believe to be the biggest play of the game.

On 2nd and 20 from the FSU 48 yard line, Collaros took the ball from center and was pressured and eventually sacked by senior Chris Carter, this forced a fumble which was recovered by Donnie Pritchett of Fresno State at the Cincy 42 yard line with 39 seconds to go. After a few plays Fresno State was on the Cincinnati 16 with about 27 seconds left. On 3rd and 10, Colburn took the snap from center and found an open Jamel Hamler on a 16 yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone to tie the game 14-14 going into the half.

The second half saw more of the same from the Bulldogs as they took their opening drive of the second half for a touchdown. The drive was a nine play 80 yard drive that culminated with a 28 yard pass from Colburn to senior receiver Devon Wylie. This put the Bulldogs up 21-14. From there the Bulldogs defense took over and the rest was history as the defense continued to pressure the Bearcats offense and Collaros especially.

Defensively Bulldogs defensive end Logan Harrell was the player of the game as he sacked Collaros four times. His four added to a total of nine sacks the Bulldogs defense got.

As the fourth quarter started the 'Dogs continued to score as the first play saw Colburn hit a streaking Rashad Evans for a 59 yard touchdown pass. After the extra point by Kevin Goessling, Fresno State had a 28-14 lead. With 3:17 left in the game Cincinnati had one last chance to try and get a rally going, however Fresno State's defense once again rose up to stop the Bearcats attempt and seal the game.

Fresno State moves to 1-0 on the season and now has a bye week before their WAC season opener vs. Utah State. Cincinnati now 0-1 on the young season will now head home to play Indiana State.

Fresno State quarterback Ryan Colburn recovered from an early interception in the first quarter to finish the game 18-24 for 247 yards and four touchdowns, Receiver Jamel Hamler led the receivers with five receptions for 53 yards and one TD and Robbie Rouse led the 'Dogs rushing efforts with 20 carries for 40 yards. Fresno State will need to work on their rushing game which did nothing against a Cincinnati defense all game. Fresno State which last year was eight in the nation in rushing only gained 70 total yards on the ground. Desia Dunn led the team with 11 tackles in the game, and Harrell had four sacks.

Stay tuned to for more covereage of Saturdays victory over the Bearcats including an article on Ryan Colburn and a video from the game.

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