Fresno St. 69, Colorado 14
Robbie Rouse set the Fresno State all-time rushing record on a
94-yard run that gave him four touchdowns in the first quarter as
the Bulldogs rolled past winless Colorado 69-14 on Saturday
Rouse’s long run that tied the school record for a single play
helped him pass Ron Rivers as the leading rusher in Bulldogs
history. Rouse ran for 144 yards on the night, giving him 3,519 to
Rouse started the rout with a 4-yard TD run on the first drive
for Fresno State (2-1) and also caught TD passes of 9 and 12 yards
from Derek Carr as the Bulldogs broke out to a 35-0 first-quarter
lead and were up 55-7 at the half.
Colorado (0-3), coming off a 30-28 loss to Sacramento State of
the FCS, is off to its worst start since losing its first six games
in 2006. The Buffaloes got there by playing perhaps their worst
half of football ever.
Colorado was outgained 516-123 in the first half, and the
Bulldogs had twice as many touchdowns (eight) as the Buffaloes had
first downs (four). It was the most yards allowed in any half by
Colorado and one point shy of UCLA’s 56-point first half in 1980
against the Buffaloes.
Fresno State had lost its previous four games against teams from
the six major conferences, including a 42-25 loss at Oregon last
week. Colorado was no match for the Bulldogs, who got their biggest
win under first-year coach Tim DeRuyter.
Fresno State scored touchdowns on its first six possessions as
Colorado had only one first down in that span. Carr threw five
touchdown passes in the first 23 minutes, including a 97-yarder to
Isaiah Burse that was the second-longest play in school history.
Carr finished 17 for 22 for 300 yards and didn’t play the second
Phillip Thomas intercepted three passes and returned two for
touchdowns for the Bulldogs.
The Buffaloes got their first stop when Marques Mosley
intercepted Carr midway through the second quarter. They appeared
to stop Fresno State on the previous drive before a personal foul
on Thor Eaton on a punt prolonged a drive that Carr capped with a
4-yard TD pass to Josh Harper.
After losing close games to Colorado State of the Mountain West
Conference and Sacramento State to open the season, the Buffaloes
were never in this game. The tone for the game was set on the first
play when Buffaloes cornerback Kenneth Crawley was called for a
That helped set up Rouse’s first score, a nifty 4-yard run where
he ran left, reversed field when he found no opening and then over
a defender into the end zone.
After Thomas intercepted Jordan Webb to end Colorado’s first
drive, the Bulldogs drove to another score when Carr found Rouse.
That was the first of three touchdown passes on three successive
plays from scrimmage for Carr.
He capped it with the long catch and run by Burse that was 1
yard short of the school record set on a play, a pass from Paul
Pinegar to Paul Williams against Boise State in 2005.
Even the defense got in on the scoring act for Fresno State,
with Thomas returning two interceptions for scores. He took one
back 16 yards from Webb that made it 55-7 just before the half and
added a 43-yarder against Connor Wood in the third quarter.
Colorado avoided the most lopsided loss by a team from a BCS
conference against a team from a non-automatic qualifier when Josh
Ford scored on a 1-yard run with 2:58 to play. UCLA still holds
that ignominious record with a 59-0 loss against BYU in 2008.