Scores

Final

Cincinnati 14

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Fresno State 28

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: ESPN2

10:00 PM ET, September 4, 2010

Bulldog Stadium (CA), Fresno, CA

1 2 3 4 T
CIN 7 7 0 014
FRES 0 14 7 728

Top Performers

Passing: R. Colburn (FRES) - 247 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Rouse (FRES) - 20 CAR, 40 YDS

Receiving: D. Woods (CIN) - 6 REC, 72 YDS, 1 TD

Ryan Colburn's 4 TD tosses lead Fresno State past Cincinnati

Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. -- Ryan Colburn matched his career high with four touchdown passes and Fresno State overcame a slow start in the season opener before snapping Cincinnati's 18-game regular-season winning streak with a 28-14 victory Saturday night.

Colburn connected with Robbie Rouse, Jamel Hamler, Devon Wylie and Rashad Evans to help the Bulldogs overcome an early 14-0 deficit and hand Butch Jones a loss in his first game as Cincinnati's coach.

Jones took over the two-time defending Big East champions after Brian Kelly left for Notre Dame. He kept the spread offense that was so successful under Kelly and revamped a defense that struggled late last season.

For one quarter it looked as if the results would be the same as they usually were during Kelly's reign. But the Bearcats eventually wilted in the 94-degree heat against an inspired opponent.

The Bulldogs recorded their 16th win since the start of the 2000 season against teams from conferences that automatically qualify for the Bowl Championship Series.

Fresno State coach Pat Hill felt as if his team should have beaten the Bearcats on the road last year when star running back Ryan Mathews helped them keep the ball for nearly 44 minutes of a 28-20 loss.

This time, the Bulldogs attacked through the air and it paid off. Colburn completed 18 of 24 passes for 247 yards and one interception. He matched the four TD passes he threw in a loss at Wisconsin last season.

Held to one first down on their first seven drives, the Bulldogs scored touchdowns on their next three, taking a 21-14 lead early in the third quarter on Colburn's 28-yard pass to Wylie. The touchdown came one play after they converted a fourth-and-2 with a short pass to Tapa Taumoepeau.

The turnaround was just as stark on the other side of the ball as the Bearcats were held to minus-6 yards in a span of more than 22 minutes after taking a 14-0 lead on Zach Collaros' touchdown run early in the second quarter.

Cincinnati's Jacob Rogers missed wide right on a 48-yard field-goal attempt late in the third quarter. Colburn then hit Rashad Evans on a 59-yard pass on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 28-14.

The Bulldogs sacked Collaros on three successive plays on the following drive as the Bearcats offense struggled to find a rhythm. Collaros completed 24 of 41 passes for 219 yards, throwing for one touchdown and running for another, but he was sacked eight times.

The Bearcats were held to 15 yards rushing in their first regular-season loss since a 40-16 defeat at Connecticut on Oct. 25, 2008.

The Bearcats got off to the early lead, getting a 23-yard TD pass from Collaros to D.J. Woods following an interception by Pat Lambert. Collaros' 5-yard run early in the second quarter made it 14-0. At that point, Cincinnati had outgained Fresno State 195-8 and had two more touchdowns than the Bulldogs had first downs.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CIN
FRES
1st Downs1513
Total Yards234296
Passing219247
Rushing1549
Penalties5-345-35
3rd Down Conversions9-193-13
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers11
Possession30:5029:10

Passing Leaders

CincinnatiC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Collaros24/412195.310
Fresno StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Colburn18/2424710.341

Rushing Leaders

CincinnatiCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pead10363.6011
Woods284.0012
Fresno StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rouse20402.005
Colburn581.607

Receiving Leaders

CincinnatiRECYDSAVGTDLG
Woods67212.0125
Hazelton66310.5024
Fresno StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Evans47117.8159
Hamler55310.6119

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCINFRES
TD02:38D.J. Woods 23 Yd Pass From Zach Collaros (Jake Rogers Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERCINFRES
TD11:44Zach Collaros 5 Yd Run (Jake Rogers Kick) 140
TD02:25Robbie Rouse 20 Yd Pass From Ryan Colburn (Kevin Goessling Kick) 147
TD00:16Jamel Hamler 16 Yd Pass From Ryan Colburn (Kevin Goessling Kick) 1414
THIRD QUARTERCINFRES
TD10:03Devon Wylie 28 Yd Pass From Ryan Colburn (Kevin Goessling Kick) 1421
FOURTH QUARTERCINFRES
TD14:52Rashad Evans 59 Yd Pass From Ryan Colburn (Kevin Goessling Kick) 1428