The Aggie football team couldn't sustain the momentum from the win over in-state rival New Mexico as they fell 33-10 at Fresno State on Saturday night after falling behind 30-3 in the first half. The Aggies held Fresno State to just three second half points but the offense could not overcome the 27-point first half deficit. Kenny Turner provided the team's only touchdown as broke through the Fresno State defense from 19 yards out midway through the fourth quarter.
True freshman quarterback Andrew Manley received his first collegiate start but received a rude introduction to life as a starting quarterback as he was sacked twice on his first two drives and fumbled twice including a snap that got past Manley and into the Aggies' endzone resulting in a safety.
For the second straight game the Aggie special teams recovered a muffed punt, however, the Aggie offense was unable to move the chains and the Aggies were forced to punt.
The Aggie defense allowed a 57-yard touchdown run by Robbie Rouse on second and 6 from the Bulldogs' 43 yard line putting the Aggies down 7-0 with 10:33 left in the first quarter. The teams would trade punts and on the Aggies' next possession, Manley would have the snap sail past him on 2nd and 13 from the Aggies' 14 yard line. The Aggies fell on the ball in the endzone resulting in a Fresno State safety putting the Bulldogs up 9-0 with 5:54 left in24 the first quarter.
On the ensuing Fresno State drive off the Aggies' free kick following the safety, the Bulldogs would drive 58 yards on five plays capped by a 30-yard touchdown run on second and five by Isaiah Burse. The extra point would put the Bulldogs up 16-0 with 3:15 left in the first quarter.
The Aggies would get the ball with 3:09 left in the quarter and Matt Christian would lead a nine play drive, 71 yard drive down to the Fresno State seven yard line. The Aggies would settle for a 24-yard Tyler Stampler field goal to cut the Bulldogs' lead to 16-3.
The two teams would trade punts to start the second quarter but the Bulldogs would drive 49 yards on five plays on their next possession converting a 4th and 1 from the Aggie 40 yard line to set up a 38-yard touchdown run by Robbie Rouse, his second of the game putting the Bulldogs up 23-3 with 9:08 left in the half.
The Aggies would start their next drive on their own 46 yard line after a personal foul penalty was called on Fresno State on the kickoff. The Aggies would drive down to the Bulldogs' 36 yard line before the drive would stall forcing a punt. The Aggie defense would force a Bulldog three and out giving the ball back to the Aggies, however, the offense would be unable to generate any momentum and was forced to punt the ball back to the Bulldogs.
Fresno State would take over at their own 20 and they would get a 43-yard pass completion from Ryan Colburn to Jalen Saunders giving them first and goal at the Aggies' three yard line. After a Fresno State timeout, Colburn would connect on a pass to Tapa Taumoepeau for the touchdown. The extra point made the score 30-3 in favor of the Bulldogs with 1:04 left in the half.
The Aggies would run out the clock on the half sending the team into the locker rooms trailing by 27 points.
Neither team would score in the third quarter as the two teams trade field position with neither team able to sustain a drive of longer than eight plays. The Aggies would put together a promising drive after receiving the ball on their own 15 yard line after a Fresno State punt. The Aggies would see Matt Christian connect on a 53 yard pass completion to Kenny Turner down to the Fresno State 20 yard line, however, the Aggies would lose 22 yards on the next two plays forcing them to punt the ball back to Fresno State.
The Aggies would also turn the ball over on their final possession of the third quarter as Matt Christian was sacked by Chris Carter and he would fumble the ball and it would be recovered by Fresno State's Chase McEntee at the Aggie 48 yard line.
The Bulldogs would take over with 48 seconds left in the 3rd quarter and get down to the Aggie 30 yard line before settling for a 47-yard field goal from Kevin Goesseling to put the Bulldogs up 33-3 with 12:13 left to play.
The Aggies would start their next drive at their own 10-yard line after an illegal block penalty was called on the kickoff. The Aggies would drive 90 yards on 11 plays behind nine rushes from Seth Smith and Kenny Turner. Turner would cap the drive with a 19-yard rush straight up the middle to score the Aggies' only touchdown. Tyler Stampler would add the extra point to make the score 33-10 in favor of Fresno State.
The two teams would trade punts on their next possessions and the Bulldogs would run out the clock on their final possession.
The Aggies allowed just 354 yards of offense and just 132 through the air but the Bulldogs would gain 222 yards on the ground including runs of 57, 30 and 38 yards for touchdown by the Bulldog running backs.
Neither team was very good on third downs as the Aggies converted just 1-of-13 while Fresno state converted just 3-of-12.
The Aggies rushed for 111 yards while passing for 156 yards. Matt Christian was 11-of-22 for 155 yards with a 53-yard pass play to Kenny Turner as Christian returned from his shoulder injury. Andrew Manley was just 2-of-5 for one yard and was sacked twice. The Aggie quarterbacks were sacked four times on the night.
Seth Smith rushed 11 times for 91 yards, an 8.3 yard per carry average. Kenny Turner ran 15 times for 79 yards, a very efficient 5.3 yard per carry average. Turner was the Aggies' leading receiver catching three balls for 61 yards. Taveon Rogers caught one pass for 47 yards.
Fresno State's Robbie Rouse scored two touchdowns and ran for 150 yards on 16 carries. Ryan Colburn was 12-of-20 passing for 132 yards and a touchdown as the Aggie defense was able to sack Colburn once.
The Aggies fall to 1-5 on the season with the loss and are 0-2 in WAC play. Fresno State improves to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play. The Aggies travel to Moscow, ID to take on the Vandals next Saturday.