Bulldogs take huge bite out of Aztecs defense

San Diego State falls to Fresno State 52-40 on Saturday night...

San Diego State (2-3, 0-1 MWC) started their first conference game of the season exactly how the Aztecs would want, a 14-0 lead less than 6 minutes into the game.

It was a 5-yard Adam Muema touchdown with the following offensive play for Fresno State (3-2, 1-0 MWC) turning into an Eric Pinkins pick-six.

After that 32-yard interception it was all the Bulldogs from that moment on.

Fresno State answered with a 73-yard drive in 2 minutes and 19 seconds.

It was just a warning of what was to come. FSU racked up 655 yards of total offense and 52 points on Saturday in victory 52-40 over SDSU.

"We played poorly on defense," SDSU head coach Rocky Long said. "We made a couple plays to keep the game close."

"Right now I think that we are shell shocked. I think we have been shell shocked for three weeks. So when you lack some confidence, you obviously don't play as well when you lack confidence."

Bulldog quarterback Derek Carr was amazing on this night completing 42 of 56 passes for 536 yards, falling 1-yard short of the MWC single game passing record, and 5 touchdowns with a pair of interceptions.

The Aztecs did not record a single sack on the night.

"They dominated the game at the line of scrimmage, on both offense and defense," Long said. "We couldn't get consistent heat on the quarterback."

Aztecs had all the momentum after taking the lead early in the third quarter on a 96-yard interception touchdown by cornerback Leon McFadden.

The Bulldogs once again had an answer, rolling over the SDSU defense for a 78-yard drive in a minute and 51 seconds that was capped off by 31-yard Isaiah Burse touchdown.

Senior wide receiver Rashad Evans who was playing in his first game of the season, coming off suspension, had 10 receptions for 100 yards with 3 touchdowns.

Wide receiver Josh Harper finished with 120 yards plus a 37-yard score, while Davante Adams also eclipsed the 100-yard mark on 8 catches.

Robbie Rouse got going in the second half to put the game away. The talented back carried the rock 21 times for 70 yards including a pair of touchdowns and fumbles lost. He also added 7 receptions for 65 yards.

San Diego State quarterback Ryan Katz only had 160 passing yards on 13 competitions for 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, two of those by safety Phillip Thomas.

Katz was not only sacked five times but was scrambling throughout the game. He carried the ball 13 times for 89 yards including a 67-yard run.

"We couldn't consistently run the ball, our pass protection wasn't very good," Long said. "So I would say they dominated the line of scrimmage. They were a much, much better football team then we were tonight."

San Diego State will host Hawaii next Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium.

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