Bulldogs impressive in conference opener against Nevada
The Marcus McMaryion era kicked off in style Saturday night at Bulldog Stadium. The Dinuba native started at quarterback for Fresno State for the first time since transferring from Oregon State in August, and led the 'Dogs to a 41-21 win against Nevada. It was a win to open Mountain West play, and the first win against an FBS opponent since November of 2015.
McMaryion went 20-23 for 260 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, as Fresno State raced out to a 31-0 lead. Outside of a brief lapse, allowing two Nevada passing scores in the final minute of the second quarter, the Bulldog defense was stellar. Orlondo Steinauer's unit intercepted three passes, returning one of them for a touchdown, and also blocked a field goal attempt, and stopped Nevada on all three 4th down attempts.
Freshman running back Ronnie Rivers rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, while sophomore running back passed for another touchdown - his 2nd this season - on a halfback pass. Junior wide receiver KeeSean Johnson was on the receiving end of all three touchdown passes.
Fresno State (2-2, 1-0) is on the road next, at San Jose State.