Fresno State rolls past winless Colorado 69-14

Associated Press Modified: September 16, 2012 at 12:19 am •  Published: September 16, 2012
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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Robbie Rouse put the school rushing record and game out of reach with an impressive first-quarter burst.

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 night.

"The way we played tonight is how we should expect to play every week," Rouse said. "The plays that we were making, we weren't shocked because we know what we're capable of. We just weren't doing it. How we played tonight is how we need to play on a consistent basis all season long."

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 Rivers' 3,473.

Rouse started the rout with a 4-yard TD run on the first drive for Fresno State (2-1) and caught TD passes of 9 and 12 yards from Derek Carr. His long run gave the Bulldogs a 35-0 lead in the first quarter and the rushing record.

"It was better than I even imagined it," Rouse said. "I never imagined that the record would be broken on a (94)-yard run."

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 trailed 55-7 at the break. 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.

"We ran into a bus," coach Jon Embree said. "We took too many big plays early. We didn't sustain drives. We turned the ball over, and it seemed like every time we threw an interception, it was a touchdown. Overall, it was a poor effort."

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.

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 half.

"Once you look up at the scoreboard and all of a sudden it's, bam, 35-0 you're like, 'Wow,'" Carr said. "That happened so fast that we didn't have time to think about it. That's something you expect to do every time but it doesn't always work out that way."



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