Scores

Final

Kansas State 29

(5-7, 1-5 away)

Fresno State 45

(7-4, 5-1 home)

Coverage: ESPN

3:30 PM ET, November 24, 2007

Bulldog Stadium (CA), Fresno, CA

1 2 3 4 T
KSU 14 7 0 829
FRES 10 21 14 045

Top Performers

Passing: T. Brandstater (FRES) - 313 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: W. Harding (FRES) - 22 CAR, 115 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Nelson (KSU) - 15 REC, 165 YDS, 1 TD

Fresno St. 45, Kansas St. 29

Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Tom Brandstater passed for a career-high 313 yards and two touchdowns to Marlon Moore, and Fresno State knocked Kansas State from bowl contention with 45-29 win Saturday.

Anthony Harding rushed for a career-best 115 yards and a touchdown and backfield mate Lonyae Miller added 91 yards and a score for Fresno State (7-4).

The Bulldogs, members of the Western Athletic Conference, snapped a seven-game losing streak to teams from Bowl Championship Series conferences, a skid that dated to the 2004 MPC Computers Bowl against Virginia.

Kansas State (5-7), which needed a victory to become bowl eligible, ended the season on a four-game losing streak under second-year coach Ron Prince.

Receiver Jordy Nelson led the Wildcats with 15 catches for 165 yards and a touchdown. Tailback James Johnson had 71 rushing yards, including a 67-yard score on the game's first drive.

Kansas State was making its first visit to California since 2001 when the Wildcats defeated Southern California.

Fresno State overcame an early deficit by scoring four straight touchdowns for a 31-21 halftime lead, then put the game away with two third-quarter touchdowns.

Miller's 4-yard touchdown run on the Bulldogs' first drive of the third quarter capped a 12-play, 91-yard march. Harding added a 7-yard score, putting Fresno State ahead 45-21.

Brandstater, who was not sacked and rarely pressured, completed 23 of 29 pass attempts. Moore led the Bulldogs with a career-high nine catches for 134 yards, continuously finding soft spots in Kansas State's secondary.

With Fresno State trailing 14-3 late in the first quarter, Brandstater found Moore for a 34-yard touchdown, then scored on a 1-yard sneak to put the Bulldogs ahead 17-14.

On the ensuing drive, Fresno State forced a quick turnover when Charles Tolbert swatted the ball away from Josh Freeman as the Kansas State quarterback dropped back to pass. Tyler Clutts recovered the fumble at the Wildcats 6.

Two plays later, Ryan Mathews ran off tackle for a 2-yard touchdown, giving the freshman tailback 13 touchdowns on the season.

Moore's second touchdown catch with 1:08 left in the second quarter put Fresno State ahead 31-14. Although replays indicated that Moore's hand appeared to touch out of bounds before he landed in the end zone, the ruling on the field was not overturned.

Brandstater played perhaps his best half of the season, finishing 15 of 18 for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Fresno State also racked up 112 first-half rushing yards against a porous Wildcats defense.

Kansas State looked to be in control early. On the game's first drive, Johnson burst untouched through a huge hole on the left side of the line for a 67-yard touchdown.

Following a Bulldogs' field goal, Leon Patton's 45-yard touchdown run with 4:57 remaining in the first quarter gave the Wildcats a 14-3 lead.

Kansas State did not threaten again until Freeman led the Wildcats down the field just before halftime.

On third-and-goal, Freeman rolled right and found Nelson from 2 yards out. It was Nelson's 11th touchdown catch of the season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KSU
FRES
1st Downs2130
Total Yards382549
Passing256313
Rushing126236
Penalties10-1539-80
3rd Down Conversions6-137-13
4th Down Conversions1-33-3
Turnovers23
Possession18:2841:32

Passing Leaders

Kansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Freeman27/412566.220
Fresno StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brandstater23/2931310.820

Rushing Leaders

Kansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson9717.9167
Patton35217.3145
Fresno StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harding221155.2118
Miller15916.1145

Receiving Leaders

Kansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Nelson1516511.0121
Murphy5377.4014
Fresno StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moore913414.9234
Ajirotutu57615.2021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKSUFRES
TD12:57James Johnson 67 Yd Run (Brooks Rossman Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 80 yds, 2:03
70
FG05:40Clint Stitser 46 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 23 yds, 4:15
73
TD04:57Leon Patton 45 Yd Run (Brooks Rossman Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 58 yds, :34
143
TD03:38Marlon Moore 34 Yd Pass From Tom Brandstater (Clint Stitser Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 65 yds, 1:13
1410
SECOND QUARTERKSUFRES
TD11:19Tom Brandstater 1 Yd Run (Clint Stitser Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 87 yds, 4:29
1417
TD09:43Ryan Mathews 2 Yd Run (Clint Stitser Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 6 yds, :47
1424
TD01:08Marlon Moore 5 Yd Pass From Tom Brandstater (Clint Stitser Kick)
Drive: 13 plays, 86 yds, 6:42
1431
TD00:02Jordy Nelson 3 Yd Pass From Josh Freeman (Josh Cherry Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 80 yds, 1:06
2131
THIRD QUARTERKSUFRES
TD10:00Lonyae Miller 4 Yd Run (Clint Stitser Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 91 yds, 4:55
2138
TD02:36Will Harding 8 Yd Run (Clint Stitser Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 71 yds, 5:12
2145
FOURTH QUARTERKSUFRES
TD02:55Ernie Pierce 9 Yd Pass From Josh Freeman (Josh Freeman Run For Two-Point Conversion)
Drive: 8 plays, 50 yds, 1:26
2945