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10/06/2012 11:04 PM EDT
Fresno State defeats Colorado State 28-7
FRESNO ST 28, COLORADO ST 7
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- Derek Carr threw four touchdown
passes, including two to Davante Adams, and Fresno State shut
down Colorado State until the final moments for a 28-7 victory
on Saturday night.
Safety Phillip Thomas forced a fumble and had his NCAA-leading
sixth interception of the season, and Robbie Rouse added 124
yards rushing on 26 carries for Fresno State (4-2, 2-0 Mountain
West), which sent Colorado State (1-5, 0-2) to its fifth
straight loss since a season-opening win over in-state rival
The Rams had a first-quarter score nullified by a penalty and
saw two chances at interceptions slip through their fingers.
Carr finished 25 of 39 for 217 yards.
M.J. McPeek was 15 of 29 for 192 yards in his first career start
for Colorado State, tossing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Charles
Lovett with 42 seconds remaining as the Rams averted their first
shutout at home in two years.
McPeek, who was sacked four times, was playing in place of
Garrett Grayson. He is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery
to repair a shoulder injury suffered in a 42-21 loss at Air
Force on Sept. 29.
Buoyed by the Bulldogs' second fourth-down stop in the third
quarter, Carr drove Fresno State to his third touchdown pass of
the night, a 15-yarder to Isaiah Burse that put the Bulldogs up
21-0 with 14:14 remaining.
Thomas intercepted McPeek on the ensuing series, leading to
Adams' second scoring catch of the night. Carr kept the drive
alive with a fourth-down scramble to the Colorado State 8-yard
line and one play later teamed up with Adams on a 5-yard
Fresno State led 14-0 at halftime, turning a deflected punt and
a fumble recovery into touchdowns.
The Rams had a first-quarter touchdown catch by Kivon Cartwright
negated by a crack-back block penalty called on Crockett
Thomas had a hand in the opening score when he broke through on
a blitz to sack McPeek, forcing a fumble at Fresno State's
29-yard line, where the Bulldogs took over.
Rouse converted a third-and-8 play at the Rams' 27-yard line
with a 10-yard gain on a draw. One play later, Carr threw a
10-yard touchdown pass to Adams, who outjumped safety Trent
Matthews for the score midway through the first quarter.
Kyrie Wilson broke through to deflect Pete Kontodiakos' punt,
which traveled just seven yards to the Rams' 33-yard line.
Carr's 8-yard scramble to the 20 gave the Bulldogs a first down
and helped them overcome an offensive pass interference penalty
earlier in the drive. He hit Josh Harper on the next play for a
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