(Saturday, October 31st)
Final Score: Fresno State 31, Utah State 27
Fresno, CA (Sports Network) - Ryan Mathews ran for 185 yards and two touchdowns as he led the Fresno State Bulldogs to a 31-27 win over the Utah State Aggies in Western Athletic Conference action at Bulldog Stadium.
Mathews, who entered the week as the nation's leading rusher, carried the ball 23 times for the Bulldogs (5-3, 4-1 WAC) as they won their fourth straight outing. Ryan Colburn converted 17-of-27 passes for 256 yards and a score as well.
The Aggies (2-6, 1-3), losers of four of the last five, were paced by Diondre Borel who hit on 20-of-31 passes for 240 yards and a score, adding another 105 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. Robert Turbin turned in a strong outing with his 19 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown.
USU scored the first points of the game early in the first quarter as they took the opening drive 75 yards before settling for a 26-yard field goal by Chris Ulinski, the kicker finishing the day 2-of-4 on field goal attempts.
Mathews and the Bulldogs responded with a nine-yard TD run just minutes later, but with 8:20 remaining in the first frame the Aggies moved to a 10-7 as Borel hit Xavier Bowman with a five-yard TD strike.
Fresno State put up 10 straight points as Seyi Ajirotutu reeled in an 18-yard TD strike from Colburn and kicker Kevin Goessling knocked through a lengthy 50-yard effort to provide the home team with a 17-10 edge.
The Aggies bounced back and closed the half on a 17-0 run as both Turbin and Borel hit the end zone on a one-yard runs and Ulinski converted a 23-yard field goal as time expired in the half to provide the visitors with a 27-17 halftime advantage.
From there the game belonged to the Bulldogs as Lonyae Miller scored on a two- yard run and Mathews handed the win over to FSU with a 10-yard TD run with just under five minutes to play in the fourth.
Utah State, which converted 11-of-19 on third down, generated 503 yards of total offense as it posted 24 more offensive plays than Fresno State.
10/31 21:41:46 ET