Fresno State put together one of their best games on Saturday, but it was a rough start for the Bulldogs. On Wyoming’s second possession of the game, the Cowboys broke a 76 yard run and got the game’s first score on the following play. Wyoming then blocked a Colin McGuire field goal and successfully made one of their own, jumping out to a 10-0 second quarter lead.
The Bulldogs quickly broke out of an early game funk, however. Receivers stopped dropping passes, and Fresno State began to move the ball any way they wanted against a Wyoming defense that had struggled greatly heading into the game. Derek Carr got the offense going first in the passing game, leading two touchdown drives to put Fresno State up 14-10 going into the break.
After completing 21 of 29 first half passes for 209 yards in the first half, Fresno State got the running game going in the second. The Bulldogs opened the second half with a 96 yard drive, 60 of which came from Quezada and Waller on the ground. Wyoming came out committed to containing Carr and the Bulldogs took advantage with their running game and underneath passing to Quezada.
WIth the Bulldogs on the verge of pulling away, they made two critical plays on fourth downs. Fresno State stuffed Wyoming’s fake punt attempt on fourth-and-one, leading to a touchdown pass on fourth and goal to extend their lead to 18 points.
Fresno State continued shutdown Brett Smith and the high powered Wyoming offense as the Bulldogs rattled off 48 total unanswered points. After the Cowboys’ first 94 yard touchdown drive, Wyoming managed just 202 yards over the next 54 minutes of play.
Carr finished with 360 yards and 4 touchdowns as Josh Harper was his top target for a second straight week, catching 9 passes for 157 yards. It was tight end Marcel Jensen who caught two red zone touchdowns, however.
The Bulldogs now have a bye week and can clinch the Mountain West’s West Division with a win in their next game against New Mexico at home on November 23.