DALLAS (AP) -- Fresno State's struggles ended at halftime
Saturday, but Southern Methodist's woes continue.
Paul Pinegar threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score in the
second half as Fresno State overcame a shaky start to beat winless
Fresno State (5-4, 3-1 WAC) trailed 5-3 at halftime after
Pinegar went 2-for-17 for 4 yards with two interceptions. But he
led Fresno State to scores on its first two drives and went
11-of-16 for 82 yards and a TD in the half.
"It was definitely difficult in the first half," Pinegar said.
"I just stepped up my level of play. It seemed every time we ran a
play (in the first half) there was a mistake somewhere."
SMU (0-9, 0-6) has the second-longest losing streak in Division
IA and is off to the worst start in school history. Army, the only
other winless IA team, lost its 11th straight Saturday.
Fresno State took advantage of its chances despite having just
245 yards of offense.
Early in the third quarter, Pinegar threw a 9-yard TD pass
Dwayne Wright to give Fresno State a 10-5 lead. Tate Wallis fumbled
on the Mustangs' 19 on the first play of SMU's next possession,
then Pinegar ran it in from 3 yards out.
"We have to do what we can to attain victories," Fresno State
head coach Pat Hill said. "It's not about style points right
Brett Visintainer's 30-yard field goal extended Fresno State's
lead to 20-5 early in the fourth.
The Mustangs crept within 20-11 on Wallis' 3-yard TD run with
10:48 remaining but did not drive past the Bulldogs' 40 the rest of
"There is no finger-pointing right now," said SMU's Keylon
Kincade, who rushed for 136 yards but also lost a fumble at the
Fresno State 2 and was stopped on the Bulldogs' 1 on fourth down.
"We know we have to get better."
Kincade became the fourth back in school history to record
multiple 1,000-yard seasons. He has 1,044 yards this season.
But it hasn't led to many points.
The Mustangs, who were ranked last nationally in total offense,
have scored just two offensive touchdowns the past three games.
SMU scored on a safety late in the first quarter when Fresno
State was called for holding in the end zone, and Chris McMurtray
hit a 37-yard field goal with 3:11 remaining in the first half.
The Mustangs could have easily fattened their halftime lead.
Tyrone Culver recovered a Kincade fumble at the Fresno State
2-yard line early in the second quarter. Brian Bischoff then
intercepted Pinegar to give the Mustangs the ball at the Bulldogs
9. However, Kincade was stopped for no gain at the 1-yard line on
The Mustangs also botched a snap on a field goal attempt and
dropped three interceptions.
"We were beating them," said Kincade. "We just didn't step on
their throat when we had a chance."