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Dog Pounded: Fresno State Buries UC Davis

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Damion Owens #4, A.J. Jefferson #28 and Ben Jacobs #54 of the Frenso State Bulldogs celebrates a defensive play against the UCLA Bruins during the game on September 27, 2008 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Todd KaufmannSenior Writer ISeptember 6, 2009

Fresno State opened their season in front of their home crowd at Bulldog Stadium, and the one thing they couldn't afford was a let down against UC Davis. Fresno State made sure there was no doubt who the top dog was on this night.

This is what we've all been waiting for, all season long. It was opening night at Bulldog Stadium and the Red Wave crowd was rocking on Saturday night.

Unfortunately for the visiting Aggies of UC Davis, they probably would have been better off staying at home for this one as the game got out of hand early and just got progressively worse for UC Davis as the night went on.

Quarterback Ryan Colburn, making his first ever start as a junior for Fresno State, had a great opening game. He would finish with 161 yards passing including a 92-yard strike to wide receiver Marlon Moore in the second quarter.

The defense also flexed it's muscles. In the second quarter, just when it looked like UC Davis was about to get on the scoreboard, Bulldog linebacker Nico Herron would intercept a pass at the five yard line and return 95-yards for the score.

The Bulldog defense would also add a safety late in the fourth quarter for the final points of the ball game.

That was as close as the Aggies would get all night as the Fresno State Bulldogs pounded UC Davis 51-0.

Running backs Lonyae Miller and Ryan Mathews both saw the end zone. Mathews rushed for 106 yards including a 60-yard score in the very first quarter to put Fresno up 14-0 at that point.

Another quarterback that Fresno State fans have been buzzing about, freshman Ebahn Feathers, also saw game action in the second quarter.

With Fresno State already leading 28-0, Feathers was brought in and showed why so many people have talked about his blazing speed as he would get a 20-yard rushing touchdown of his own.

This was a game that Fresno State needed to make a statement in, and they did just that with not only a blowout, but a shutout as well. They needed momentum going into next weekend's game against the University of Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium.

The Bulldogs not only showed their athleticism on offense, but they showed the same on defense as well, which is something that hasn't been seen in quite some time.

Though this is a good win for Fresno State, it's against a lesser team. Their next four games should be the real test of what this team is made of.

From here, Fresno State will travel to Wisconsin, return home to face WAC rival Boise State, then travel to Cincinnati to face the Bearcats. Then they'll face their hardest road trip of the year as they'll travel from Cincinnati, OH to the big island in Hawaii to take on the Warriors of Hawaii.

If Fresno State can come out of those four games with at least a 2-2 record, I think most fans will most definitely take that.

But, for now, the players will relish this victory and enjoy it before hitting the practice field on Tuesday as they'll have Monday off for the holiday. Coach Hill has gotten a team ready for Wisconsin before, but he'll need to look for something extra from this team to get them mentally and emotionally ready for this kind of hostile crowd.

Week one in the books and a whole lot more football to play.

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