Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fresno State Falls to No. 21 Nebraska

No. 21 Nebraska ended Fresno State's 13-game home winning streak, which was the second longest in the nation, with a 55-19 victory over the `Dogs on Saturday night in Bulldog Stadium.
The Huskers (3-0) scored two touchdowns on its first five plays of the game and held the Bulldogs without a touchdown until late in the third quarter.

Fresno State drops to 0-3 after facing a challenging opening schedule - one that saw the `Dogs play two ranked teams and three Power Five programs - to open the year.

"It's not going to get any harder than what we went through," head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "All of our season goals are still ahead of us. We got to go look at the tape, be very critical about where the breakdowns were.

"We had some success today moving the football a bit, we've got to improve on that and stop the big plays from on defense."

The Huskers outgained Fresno State 562-346 on the night and were led by running back Abdullah Ameer who had 110 yards rushing and one touchdown.

"I didn't think that today we had a lack of competitiveness, I think we got out classed," DeRuyter said. "We have a young football team that is trying to gel, and when you hit adversity it's difficult. Three straight games now we haven't started very well. Once we get into the flow of the game, I thought we competed very well. Clearly we weren't good enough again today. You have to give Nebraska credit, they have a good football team."

Junior quarterback Brian Burrell drew the start for the third-straight game and played its entirety with fellow quarterback Brandon Connette being held out as he had limited reps in practice due to an injury.

Burrell was 30-of-59 passing for 241 yards and one TD and he also added a 66-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

"We moved the ball," Burrell said was one of the positives he took away from the evening. "We didn't finish off drives which hurt us, but we kept the defense off the field, which we hadn't been doing the first couple games. We moved the ball pretty well against a good defense."

Burrell and the Bulldogs did have success on offense, particularly finding wide receiver Josh Harper who caught nine passes for 76 yards. Fresno State moved the ball into Husker territory six times, including one drive in the first quarter, but just had trouble punching points up on the scoreboard.

After the challenging start Fresno State looks to pull back together as a team, fix its errors and pick up win No. 1 of the season.

"Like I've spoken on before we just need to stick together," senior safety and team captain Derron Smith said. "Times like this teams can either start their season getting going the next week or stay in a slump, so as a captain, myself as well as the upper classmen we defiantly have to do a good job in leading, we need to lock arms and look forward to our schedule next week."

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