The Tim DeRuyter era is officially underway as the Fresno State Bulldogs hosted the Weber State Wildcats Saturday evening.
Bulldogs fans were in the house, but there were only 27,663 of them. The game had a weird feel as the stadium was somewhat quiet. The fans did get loud when the play on the field was deserving. However, there was not the constant game-long excitement that we've seen in past home openers.
Fans were treated to some solid play on both sides of the ball—but especially from the Bulldogs who rolled to a 37-10 win. Fresno State outgained Weber State 515 yards to 274.
The Bulldogs new-look offense wasted no time, as they scored touchdowns on each of their first three possessions.
Fresno's first touchdown came via a dart across the middle from quarterback Derek Carr to red-shirt freshman Davonte Adams putting the Bulldogs up 7-0. The 27-yard touchdown capped an eight-play 97-yard opening drive
Fresno State was shorthanded tonight, especially at the wide receiver position as Rashad Evans, Victor Dean and A.J. Johnson, along with three other players, did not play for reasons undisclosed as of kickoff.
After the game the reasons came to light. Dean, along with Davon Dunn and Ibe Nduke, were suspended for the Weber State game for violating athletic department policy. Evans was also suspended for just the Weber State game. Terrance Dennis will miss four games and A.J. Johnson will miss the entire season.
The latter three players were suspended for NCAA violations.
The only wide receiver on the field tonight to catch a pass in 2011 was Isaiah Burse. Burse had a solid night with six catches for 86 yards. Adams had no problem picking up the slack left by Evans and company. He had a seven-catch night for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
Starting QB Derek Carr ended the night with impressive numbers. No. 4 was 20-for-25 with 298 yards and two touchdowns, while backup quarterback, Greg Watson, actually saw some time at wideout due to the lack of depth at the position. Watson had one catch for 32 yards.
The Bulldogs second touchdown came courtesy a two-yard run by running back Robbie Rouse. The big play of the drive was a 37-yard pass from Carr to Burse, putting the offense in business at the Wildcats 27-yard line.
Rouse also punched in the third Bulldogs' touchdown of the night from one yard out making it 21-0. The man they refer to as "Mighty Mouse" finished the night with 123 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns.
The Wildcats got on the board with just over seven minutes to play in the first half on a 40-yard field goal by Shaun McClain, which followed a 15-yard personal foul penalty by Fresno State cornerback L.J. Jones on third down that moved the Wildcats into field-goal range.
Fresno State received the ball to start the second half and went three and out. On the ensuing possession, Weber State scored on 36-yard touchdown pass to make it 24-10.
Fresno State looked sluggish to start the second half, but 14 points would be as close as the visitors would get. The Bulldogs added fourth-quarter touchdowns from Adams and running back Milton Knox to cap the scoring.