Fresno State set the tone from the game’s first play. Nikko Motta sacked Idaho quarterback Chad Chalich for an eight yard loss and the Vandals were forced to punt two plays later. Quarterback Derek Carr then led the offense to a touchdown in 10 plays, capped by a 27 yard strike to Davante Adams.
Idaho looked to answer on their second possession and moved the ball down to the Fresno State 20 yard line before safety Derron Smith put a stop to the drive with an interception. Idaho missed their chance to make Saturday's game a competitive one, as Fresno State scored on their next four consecutive possessions which consisted of 18 plays for 273 yards.
With 13:17 remaining in the first half, the Bulldogs had already opened a 35-0 lead.
Fresno State wasn’t stopped until their sixth possession when Derek Carr’s down field pass was intercepted at the Idaho nine yard line. However, the very next play Idaho ran a play action pass which resulted in Chalich being chased into the end zone and brought down by Derron Smith for a safety.
Carr threw for one more touchdown and a Colin McGuire field goal capped the half with a 44-0 lead for the Bulldogs.
The big question in the second half was whether or not the Bulldogs could play with the same intensity and prevent any comeback from the Vandals.
Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter kept most of his starters on the field throughout the third quarter. The Bulldogs allowed only two first downs to the Vandals in the quarter and forced their fourth turnover of the game.
Idaho found the end zone twice in their fourth quarter, but the game was never in doubt.
Fresno State’s dominance on the statsheet may be even more impressive than their 47 point margin of victory on the scoreboard. The Bulldogs finished with 734 yards compared to Idaho’s 275. Fresno State finished with six sacks and five turnovers on defense.
Derek Carr led the offense, completing 37 of 48 passes for 419 yards and 5 touchdowns with one interception. Davante Adams had by far the best day of Carr’s receivers, hauling in 16 receptions for 185 yards and 3 touchdowns. Nine different Bulldogs contributed to 50 rushing attempts for 321 yards, but Marteze Waller led the way with 157 yards and 2 touchdowns on 19 carries.