’Dogs blasted by Rockets

The Bulldogs struggle to gain momentum in their 52-17 loss to the Toledo Rockets on Saturday. (Courtesy of Fresno State Athletics)

The Fresno State football team went on the road against the Toledo Rockets on Saturday and was blown out 52-17, dropping the Bulldogs’ record to 1-2.

 Fresno State was blanked in the first half as the Rockets raced out to a 24-0 lead. The Bulldogs struggled to get anything going on offense until the end of the third quarter when they faced a 38-0 deficit. The offense finally put a drive together as quarterback Chason Virgil hit wide receiver KeeSean Johnson on a 9-yard touchdown pass.

The Bulldogs came out flat and failed to stop Toledo quarterback Logan Woodside, who threw for four touchdowns. The defense struggled against the run, giving up 318 yards and two touchdowns.

 Toledo outmatched Fresno State on both sides of the ball and was clearly the more physical team. After the game, Bulldogs head coach Tim DeRuyter spoke to 940 ESPN Radio.

 “We’ve got to be more physical, that’s the big thing,” DeRuyter said. “We did not match their physicality early, and late we got some blown coverages by some young guys.”

 When the Bulldogs were able to move the ball, they seemed to be called back on a penalty nearly every time 12 penalties for 138 yards by the end. The Rockets played more disciplined football, committing six penalties for 45 yards.

 The Rockets outgained Fresno State in total yards, 619 to 254, and in first downs, 27 to seven. The Bulldogs failed to convert a single third down in 13 attempts.

 The rushing attack also struggled, gaining 51 yards on 27 attempts, 1.9 yards per rush.

 Virgil finished the game with 190 passing yards and two touchdowns, the second coming on an 85-yard completion to wideout Jamire Jordan in the fourth quarter.

 Punter Blake Cusick had another busy day, punting 12 times.

Fresno State returns to Bulldog Stadium this Saturday to face the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

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