Bulldogs Dig Out Of Big Hole To Beat New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Down 21-0 in the second quarter and 24-14 at the half, the Fresno State football team scored on five of its first six possessions of the second half to come from behind and defeat the New Mexico Lobos 49-32 on Saturday at University Stadium.
The comeback was fueled by a 21-point third quarter, which is more points than Fresno State had scored in an entire second half in the first eight games of the season. The win pushes the Bulldogs' record up to 6-3 on the year and 4-1 in Mountain West play. UNM fell to 4-5 overall and 1-3 in league play.
"On our offense, we got some weapons and guys made plays today," head coach Tim DeRuyter said after his team outscored the Lobos 35-8 in the second half. "You got to have that, especially when you are down 21 to nothing. I was happy our guys didn't push the panic button, our coaches didn't, and we got a nice win on the road."
New Mexico had 268 yards rushing in the first half and 295 total yards. Lobo running back Kasey Carrier had 13 carries for 116 yards and two touchdowns in the first 30 minutes, but that all stopped in the second half after the Bulldogs made their adjustments in the locker room.
UNM only had 99 total yards in the second half and scored just one touchdown, which came in the final minute. Carrier only had 20 yards rushing after halftime.
"They did a good job, but we knew that it was stuff we could fix," said sophomore nose tackle Tyeler Davison who tied for the team lead with seven tackles and he had 1.5 tackles for a loss. "We came into the locker room and made a few changes. We saw what they were doing and what their game plan was for us and our coaches came up with something good to stop that. Everybody went out there and fit their assignments perfectly in the second half." Redshirt freshman Davante Adams caught nine passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns, including a 89 yarder in the third quarter that gave Fresno State its first lead, 29-24.
Adams' 198 yards is the 12th best in school history and he now has nine TD catches on the year - a new Fresno State freshman record.
Derek Carr threw for 416 yards on 31-of-44 passing and four touchdowns with one interception. It was his second 400-yard passing game of the year, which ties the Mountain West record for the most in a year.
Carr now has 26 touchdown passes in nine games, which is the same total he had in 13 games last season.
"For us to answer back and come back and score 21 points says a lot about us," Carr said of the start in the second half. "That win right there says a lot about of the character of our team."
Robbie Rouse rushed 18 times for 120 yards and one touchdown. His 100-yard day was the 18th of his career, which ties with Ron Rivers for the most in school history. He now has 999 yards rushing on the season, one yard shy of his third-straight 1,000-yard season.
Backup quarterback Greg Watson and senior tailback Michael Harris both added touchdown runs in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, Fresno State came away with two turnovers on the day to increase its season total to 23 on the year. L.J. Jones intercepted a pass, giving the Bulldogs a pick in seven-straight games and he also recovered a fumble.
The Bulldogs finished with 600 yards of offense, its highest total on the road this year.
Courtesy: Fresno St. Athletics