FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Wendell Mathis rushed for 110 yards and
three touchdowns and Bryson Sumlin added 147 yards and a score
Saturday night in Fresno State's fourth straight blowout victory,
54-17 over Nevada on Saturday night.
Sumlin and Mathis both surpassed 100 yards rushing in the same
game for the third time this season. Fresno State (7-3, 4-3 Western
Athletic Conference), seventh in the nation in scoring entering the
weekend, has surpassed 50 points in three straight games for the
first time since 1942.
Though they fell out of the Bowl Championship Series picture
with three consecutive losses midway through the season, the
Bulldogs have routed Southern Methodist, Rice, Hawaii and Nevada in
their last four games by an average margin of 41.5 points -- and
they'll face lowly San Jose State next Saturday.
Talib Wise rushed 21 times for 124 yards and a touchdown for
Nevada (5-6, 3-4), which fell to 0-6 on the road this season with
its sixth straight loss to the Bulldogs.
Paul Pinegar benefited from the strong ground attack by
completing 11 of 18 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns. He
improved to 22-8 as a starter at Fresno State.
With the Bulldogs already comfortably ahead, Pinegar began the
third quarter with a 54-yard touchdown pass to Jaron Fairman and
ended it with a 24-yard scoring strike to Mark Wood. Mathis added
his third touchdown on a 9-yard scamper with 8:30 left in the
Fresno State bolted to a 23-point lead, extending the Bulldogs'
first-half scoring advantage over their last four opponents to
145-17. Sumlin rushed for 118 yards in the first half, including an
18-yard touchdown following Marcus McCauley's interception.
Jeff Rowe completed 18 of 32 passes for 186 yards despite
constant pressure from a Fresno State pass rush that recorded three
sacks. Nichiren Flowers had eight catches for 86 yards, but Nevada
committed 18 penalties for 170 yards.
It was the final home game for 16 Fresno State seniors,
including all-WAC linemen Logan Mankins and Brian Morris.