Pokes Fall to No. 16 Fresno State, 48-10

Nov. 10, 2013

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The University of Wyoming football team held a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter against No. 16 Fresno State, but the Bulldogs reeled off 48 unanswered points en route to a 48-10 win Saturday night in War Memorial Stadium. The Cowboys (4-5, 2-3 MW) capitalized on several big plays early, before the Bulldogs (9-0, 6-0 MW) took control.

"I was pleased with coming into halftime keeping the score tight," UW head coach Dave Christensen said. "We had a chance to score right before half and threw the pick. I was happy with our defense and we moved the ball somewhat offensively. I was hoping to come out in the second half and do the same thing, but unfortunately they got rolling and our lack of depth and their depth wore us down."

Wyoming scored on its second possession of the game thanks to a 79-yard rumble from senior running back Tedder Easton. The rush was UW's longest this season and took the Pokes to FSU's 1-yard line, as junior quarterback Brett Smith hit sophomore running back Shawn Wick with a quick pass on the next play for a touchdown.

The Cowboy defense forced punts on FSU's first two drives and the UW special teams came up with a blocked field goal on the third. The Bulldogs set up for a 35-yard attempt, but senior free safety Marqueston Huff blocked the kick off the edge and junior cornerback DeAndre Jones returned the ball to the UW 37. Smith drove the Pokes to FSU's 9-yard line, before junior kicker Stuart Williams connected on a 27-yard field goal for a 10-0 UW advantage with 12:53 left in the second quarter.

It was all Fresno State after that, as the Bulldogs scored two touchdowns in the rest of the second quarter for a 14-10 halftime lead, added two more touchdowns in the third quarter and capped the game with 20 points in the fourth. Fresno State compiled a 600-296 advantage in total yards, including 234-156 on the ground and 366-140 through the air. The Bulldogs went 9-of-14 on third downs compared to 5-of-16 for the Pokes and controlled the ball 13 more minutes than Wyoming.

Smith finished the day 18-of-32 for 141 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Easton contributed 90 rushing yards on six carries, while Wick added 47 on 16 carries. Junior wide receiver Dominic Rufran and senior wide receiver Robert Hurron both had five catches for 55 and 32 yards, respectively. Junior linebacker Jordan Stanton paced the UW defense with 17 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss, while Huff had 13 and junior linebacker Mark Nzeocha added 10.

Wyoming continues its season at Boise State next Saturday at 8:15 p.m. MT.