The Fresno State football team improved to 7-3 overall after a 45-10 victory over Hawaii Saturday at Bulldog Stadium.
The Bulldogs, who hadn’t beaten the Warriors at home since 2004, put 42 points on the board in the first half and held the Warriors to a field goal going into halftime.
“I think we preach to our players all the time that we don’t look at the scoreboard, we just play and we want to hold ourselves to the standard we set whether its offense, defense [or] special teams,” head coach Tim DeRuyter said. “We know how well we can play and it really doesn’t matter what the score says. I thought we did a good job with that in the first half.
“In the second half, we slowed things down kind of like the Colorado game where we try and get out of the game and give a lot of the guys reps. I thought we did a great job in the first half doing some things and then in the second half managing the clock and just trying to be efficient.”
Quarterback Derek Carr, who sat out the second half, went 15-of-23 for 304 yards and had four touchdowns.
Backup quarterback Greg Watson went 3-of-10 for 25 yards and had one interception in the second half.
“We are very happy about getting a bunch of guys in the game,” DeRuyter said. “We have to continue to develop our depth because clearly as you go through a season injuries become a factor so hopefully these reps in the second halves of the games will help us and finalize our last few games.”
Running back Robbie Rouse, who also sat out the second half, garnered 102 yards on 13 carries. Rouse has surpassed 1,000 yards rushing this season for the third straight season – an accolade no other Fresno State player has achieved.
The Bulldogs held the Warriors to 79 yards rushing while Hawaii starting quarterback Sean Schroeder went 16-of-30 for 162 yards and was sacked five times.
The Bulldogs also forced three turnovers, bringing the team’s total to 26 – a national best.
The Warriors lone touchdown came late in the fourth quarter on a five yard run by sophomore quarterback Jeremy Higgins.
Higgins went 4-of-5 for 56 yards.
“Sean [Schroeder] is still our quarterback, you don’t even have to ask that one … we’ve just got to get better, better protections,” Hawaii head coach Norm Chow said. “[Tonight] was just our guys getting beat by a better football team.
“That is a heck of a football team full of seniors and juniors – and Derek Carr, he’s probably a number one draft pick, I told him that after the game. “
Fresno State will now travel to Nevada for a Nov. 10 matchup against the Wolf Pack (6-3,3-2).
“The guys have a lot of confidence and it doesn’t matter who we play. We’ve won on the road and we’ve won at home and we can be very explosive,” DeRuyter said. “Defensively we can create take-aways. Just having that confidence will help us as we go into next week.”
The Bulldogs’ last home game of the season will be Nov. 24 against Air Force. The Bulldogs, now with five wins at home, are looking to remain undefeated at Bulldog Stadium this season.