November 20, 2010

Bulldogs no match for Broncos

It was supposed to be the game that would revive the Bulldogs season. The game that the fans had been looking forward to all year, instead it turned out to be the game every Bulldog fan would like to forget.

On a night that every college football eye was on the Bulldogs, they played their worst game of the season, maybe of the last 12 years in a 51-0 loss to the Broncos Friday night on the blue turf in Boise, Idaho. The Bulldogs were shutout for the first ttime since 1998 when they lost 10-0 to San Diego State.

The loss drops head coach Pat Hill to 1-9 all-time against Boise State.

Fresno State's defense came out strong forcing heisman trophy candidate Kellen Moore into two first quarter turnovers. However the Bulldogs offense which had their worst game of the seaosn could not get the ball any where near the Broncos red zone. Senior Ryan Colburn had his worst game of his career going 6-23 for 76 yards with no touchdowns and throwing two interceptons. Sophmore Robbie Rouse who had rushed for over 200 yards in his previous two games was held to just 74 yards on 17 carries.

The Broncos defense stifled the Bulldogs all game long with Fresno State gaining only 125 yards of total offense. Fresno State did not recod a first down till about two minuets remaining in the first quarter, they had only nine first downs all game long.

"We got completely dominated tonight," said head coach Pat Hill.

The Bulldogs defense was hanign with the Broncos offense early as they forced two trnovers and had a gaol line stand that resulted in Boise only having a feild goal at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter the Bulldogs defense played well again but with no points being contributed by the ofeense the Broncos were able to jump to a 20-0 lead at halftime.

The second half the Broncos truned off the afterburners as they scored 31 points and their defense held Fresno State to no yards until late in the fourth quarter.

Boise States junior quarterback Kellen Moore had another great game going 27-38 for 333 yards and four touchdowns. Reciver Titus Young had eight catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns, Austin Pettis added 10 catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Doug Martin had 24 attempts for 76 yards and one touchdown.

The loss drops the Bulldogs record to 6-4 on the season and 4-3 in the Western Athletic Conference. The Broncose improve to 10-0 on the season and 6-0 in the WAC.

The loss is the Bulldogs second in a row after they lost to Nevada last aturday 35-34 in Fresno. The Bulldogs can still win their last two games and finsih 8-4 on the year, however for most Bulldog fans thi game will leave a bitter taste in their ouths for the rest of the season. The Bulldogs and Broncos will play a non-conferene game next season in Bulldog Stadium and in 2012 will continue their regular matchuos when both teams are members of the Mountain West.

The Bulldogs will now return home for their final two games of the season as they host the Idaho Vandals Saturday night at Bulldog Stadium. They will then finsih up against Big Ten foe Illinois Friday December 3rd at Bulldog Stadium.



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