Fresno State Dominates in Conference Win over Hawaii, 45-10

Mark BatorAnalyst IINovember 5, 2012

September 15, 2012; Fresno, CA, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr (4) calls a play against the Colorado Buffaloes in the second quarter at Bulldog Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE
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Jeremy Higgins ran the ball in from five yards out with 3:06 remaining in the game, providing Hawaii with its only visit to the end zone all afternoon as Fresno State thoroughly dominated the Warriors, 45-10.

The loss drops Hawaii to 1-7 on the season, and 0-5 in the Mountain West Conference.

The sixth straight loss by the Warriors came as their defense surrendered 480 total yards to Fresno State, 329 of which came by way of the Bulldogs' passing attack. Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr (15-for-23) threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns in the game with an incredible passer rating of 233.6. Nine receivers caught passes for the Bulldogs, with no fewer than four different TD recipients.

Sophomore running back Joey Iosefa, who had a standout game last week for Hawaii, was held to just 50 yards on 15 attempts. Similarly, Will Gregory could manage but 27 yards on the ground with 10 rushing attempts, with his longest run of the day just six yards.

The lack of a running attack caused Hawaii to turn to the pass as they played from behind for the entire game, trailing 21-0 after one quarter and 42-3 by halftime.

Junior QB Sean Schroeder (16-for-30, 162 yards) was constantly under pressure in the game, being sacked five times and throwing one interception.

By the fourth quarter, head coach Norm Chow even turned to sophomore QB Jeremy Higgins as well as junior QB Cayman Shutter in an effort to provide a spark for the team. Despite the late-game substitutions at quarterback, Hawaii head coach Norm Chow again confirmed that Sean Schroeder would remain the starting quarterback.

No fewer than 11 different Warriors were on the receiving end of passes, with mainstay Billy Ray Stutzmann (four receptions for 57 yards) leading all Hawaii receivers. For the season, Stutzman has 24 receptions for 292 yards, and trails team leader Jeremiah Ostrowski (26 receptions) by two.

"We got beat by a very good football team," said Norm Chow to reporters immediately (UH Athletics Channel on after the game. "That's the heck of a football team."

The Warriors will return home and prepare to host Boise State (7-2), who is coming off a tough 21-19 loss against San Diego State.