Scores

Final

Fresno State 48

(2-2, 1-2 away)

Idaho 24

(1-3, 1-2 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

5:00 PM ET, September 24, 2011

Kibbie Dome, Moscow, ID

1 2 3 4 T
FRES 10 14 17 748
IDHO 7 10 0 724

Top Performers

Passing: D. Carr (SOU) - 371 YDS, 5 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: R. Rouse (FRES) - 25 CAR, 112 YDS

Receiving: J. Saunders (SOU) - 5 REC, 142 YDS, 2 TD

Fresno St. 48, Idaho 24

Associated Press

MOSCOW, Idaho -- Derek Carr threw for 371 yards and five touchdowns to lead Fresno State over Idaho 48-24 on Saturday in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

Jalen Saunders was Carr's main target, hauling in five catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Rashad Evans added seven catches for 81 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs (2-2).

Brian Reader completed 22 of 38 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns for the Vandals (1-3).

Fresno State running back Robbie Rouse entered the game needing only 27 yards to eclipse the 2,000 mark for his career. He finished with 112, all but 45 of them coming in the fourth quarter.

Carr opened with a 16-yard TD pass to Jalen Saunders, keeping Fresno State's streak of scoring on every opening drive this season intact.

Idaho kept things close in the first half, tying the score at 7 when Reader hit Clayton Homme with a 3-yard pass late in the first quarter.

Fresno State's Kevin Goessling kicked a 48-yard field goal to put the Bulldogs up 10-7 at the end of the first.

Idaho briefly took a 14-10 lead when Princeton McCarty broke away with an 18-yard TD run early in the second quarter, but the Bulldogs quickly took control when Saunders snagged a 51-yard touchdown catch and Marcel Jensen ran in from the 1 with 1:59 left in the first half, giving Fresno State a 24-17 lead at the break.

The Bulldogs broke the game open in the third quarter, scoring two touchdowns, while Goessling added his second 48-yard field goal to enter the fourth quarter with a 41-17 lead.

The Vandals tried to get back in the game early in the fourth when Matthew Harvey ran for a 65-yard kickoff return and Kama Bailey closed it out with a one-handed touchdown catch from Reader to make it 41-24 with 14:34 left.

The Bulldogs closed with a 14-play drive that ended with Carr hitting Josh Harper with a 9-yard touchdown pass to put Fresno State up 48-24.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FRES
IDHO
1st Downs2217
Total Yards513283
Passing371239
Rushing14244
Penalties7-757-85
3rd Down Conversions2-123-14
4th Down Conversions3-41-1
Turnovers21
Possession33:0326:57

Passing Leaders

Fresno StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carr24/3737110.052
IdahoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Reader22/382356.220

Rushing Leaders

Fresno StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rouse251124.5034
Knox7273.9013
IdahoCARYDSAVGTDLG
McCarty7334.7118
Bailey6193.208

Receiving Leaders

Fresno StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Saunders514228.4251
Evans78111.6133
IdahoRECYDSAVGTDLG
LaGrone55711.4017
Scott44310.8015

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERFRESIDHO
TD09:54Jalen Saunders 16 Yd Pass From Derek Carr (Kevin Goessling Kick) 70
TD04:21Clayton Homme 3 Yd Pass From Brian Reader (Trey Farquhar Kick) 77
FG02:57Kevin Goessling 48 Yd 107
SECOND QUARTERFRESIDHO
TD10:34Princeton McCarty 18 Yd Run (Trey Farquhar Kick) 1014
TD07:48Jalen Saunders 51 Yd Pass From Derek Carr (Kevin Goessling Kick) 1714
FG06:03Trey Farquhar 23 Yd 1717
TD01:59Marcel Jensen 1 Yd Pass From Derek Carr (Kevin Goessling Kick) 2417
THIRD QUARTERFRESIDHO
FG11:39Kevin Goessling 48 Yd 2717
TD06:36Rashad Evans 33 Yd Pass From Derek Carr (Kevin Goessling Kick) 3417
TD00:04Nat Harrison 40 Yd Fumble Return (Kevin Goessling Kick) 4117
FOURTH QUARTERFRESIDHO
TD14:34Kama Bailey 7 Yd Pass From Brian Reader (Trey Farquhar Kick) 4124
TD04:00Josh Harper 9 Yd Pass From Derek Carr (Kevin Goessling Kick) 4824