The 16th-ranked Fresno State Bulldogs entered last night’s contest with the Wyoming Cowboys hoping to keep their BCS buster hopes alive and kicking. The Bulldogs were poised to make a statement before an ESPN audience and a Cowboys team that had lost three of their last four games. The Bulldogs’ offense did not disappoint as Fresno State came on late for the dominating 48-10 road victory.
Fresno State sputtered out of the gate offensively, looking out of sync in the vertical passing game. The Cowboys did an excellent job in making quarterback Derek Carr throw his short to intermediate routes by taking away the deep ball to wide receiver Devante Adams. Of the Bulldogs’ first three possessions, they punted twice and had 61-yard drive that ended with a field goal block.
The Bulldogs trailed after the first quarter 7-0, but were determined to keep their perfect record alive.
Carr started to get hot in the second half, connecting on deep balls over the middle of the Cowboys’ secondary. This opened up the Bulldogs’ rushing attack, which found gaping holes in the Cowboys’ defense. Junior running back Josh Quezada pounded the defensive front of Wyoming for 105 yards on 16 carries (6.6 yards per carry) with a touchdown. Quezada’s ability to test the Wyoming defense led to a Bulldogs rushing attack that accumulated 234 rushing yards on the night (5.6 yards per carry).
Fresno State exploded in the second half as 34 of their points came in the third and fourth quarters. Carr was efficient in completing 33 of 46 passes for 360 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He finished the evening with a quarterback rating of 83.5. Wide receiver Josh Harper was the offensive star of the night, leading the team in receptions with nine and ripping the Cowboys for 159 yards (17.7 yards per catch).
The Bulldogs moved to 9-0 on the season and Wyoming dropped to 4-5.