Running backs lead Fresno State over Idaho 37-24
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP)—Running backs Lonyae Miller and Ryan Mathews each rushed for two touchdowns as Fresno State beat Idaho 37-24 on Saturday.
Miller rushed for 113 yards, while Mathews, a true freshman, added 86 yards.
FSU quarterback Tom Brandstater threw for 178 yards. His favorite target was tight end Bear Pascoe, who caught six passes for 69 yards.
Deonte Jackson led Idaho (1-6, 0-3 Western Athletic Conference) with 112 yards, while fellow running back Brian Flowers added 77. Maurice Shaw had 70 receiving yards on six catches.
Miller got the scoring started for FSU (4-2, 3-0) with a 5-yard run late in the first quarter. Clint Stitser added a 44-yard field goal to give the Bulldogs a 10-0 lead early in the second.
Idaho got on the board when Stanley Franks, the nation’s interceptions leader last season, scored his first offensive TD for the Vandals on a 54-yard pass from Brian Nooy.
For the Vandals’ second score, a scrambling Nooy was hit by FSU’s Marcus Riley, shooting the ball about 10 feet in the air to an awaiting Jackson, who took it 53 yards for the score.
Mathews added consecutive touchdowns after Franks’ score, and Miller broke free for an 18-yard run as the Bulldogs scored 21 unanswered points to put the game away.
Clint Stitser connected on three field goals for Fresno State, including two from 44 yards. Idaho’s Tino Amancio hit a 42-yarder and missed a 52-yard attempt that bounced off the front of the crossbar.