If Fresno State football fans wanted a more fast paced, fly to the ball team, new head coach Tim DeRuyter, and his troops, delivered in their first game against Weber state. A 37–10 win, Saturday night, in front of 27,663 fans. After a shaky, first charge out of the tunnel for DeRuyter, in which he lost a shoe and sunglasses, the Bulldogs impressed on the field. The new spread offense, despite a third quarter lull, scored touchdowns on their first three possessions. Finishing with 37 points and 515 total yards.The 3–4 defense was flying around like fans hoped. Giving up just ten total points and 274 yards, forcing one turnover. So, all in all, yes, it was against Weber State, but the Bulldogs still gave the Redwave a nice glimpse of a potentially potent program.
Derek Carr, Davante Adams and Robbie Rouse with two touchdowns apiece. Carr showed complete control of the offense, and could have a new go to receiver in Adams. The red shirt freshman had a huge first collegiate game. Rouse tied Ryan Mathews for second on the school's all time rushing list. Derron Smith and Patrick Sua led the defense with eight tackles each. Sean Alston created the teams first turnover of 2012, an interception. And despite the six players suspended before the game., the Dogs still put out a very balanced attack.
But as solid as they were this week, they will need to be ten times as good next week when they travel to fifth ranked Oregon, for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on Saturday. The Ducks beat Arkansas State 57–34, but led 50–10 at halftime, before putting in a lot of their back ups.