(Saturday, September 18th)
Final Score: Fresno State 41, Utah State 24
Logan, UT (Sports Network) - A.J. Ellis ran for a game-high 165 yards and two touchdowns as he led the Fresno State Bulldogs to a 41-24 win over the Utah State Aggies in Western Athletic Conference play at Romney Stadium.
Ryan Colburn, who converted 15-of-23 passes for 149 yards and a score for the Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0 WAC) also registered 40 yards and a touchdown on eight rushing attempts as well for the visitors.
The Aggies (1-2, 0-1) were paced by Diondre Borel who connected on 11-of-23 passes for 106 yards and a score and also tallied a team-best 66 yards and another touchdown on 17 rushing attempts in the home loss.
USU put the first points on the board in the opening quarter as Borel combined with Dontel Watkins on an eight-yard passing touchdown, capping a 12-play, 57-yard drive that consumed more than five minutes on the clock.
Kevin Goessling responded for the Bulldogs with a 26-yard field goal on the ensuing possession to cut the deficit to 7-3.
Barely two minutes into the second stanza Utah State kicker Peter Caldwell knocked through a 50-yard field goal to give the home team a 10-3 edge.
Colburn combined with Ellis on a 10-yard scoring pass with 8:56 to play in the half to knot the score at 10-10.
The teams continued to trade scores as Michael Smith hit the end zone on a three-yard run for the Aggies, but the lead was short-lived because Colburn took the ball over the goal line for the Bulldogs from eight yards out with 38 seconds remaining in the first half.
Coming out of the break, Utah State tallied a 10-yard TD run by Borel to give the hosts a 24-17 advantage, but from there the game belonged to FSU which scored 24 unanswered to close out the meeting.
Ellis recorded scoring runs of 16 and two yards in the third and fourth quarters, respectively, while Goessling hit a 30-yard field goal and Tracy Slocum posted a three-yard scoring run of his own in the final period to put the game out of reach.
Utah State, which converted all three attempts on fourth down on the night, was only 5-of-16 on third-down plays. Defensively, the Aggies allowed the Bulldogs to score on all seven of their opportunities inside the red zone.
09/19 01:20:24 ET