The Fresno State Bulldogs, tied at halftime, made some critical errors that put them in a two touchdown hole, but came battling back to put an improbable end to their five-game losing streak in a 31-28 victory over UNLV on Friday before 25,604 at Bulldog Stadium.
Trailing by two touchdowns that were set up in part by penalties and a fumbled punt, redshirt freshman quarterback Kilton Anderson, in his second career start, got three points back with a drive that set up a 44-yard field goal by Jimmy Camacho with 2:23 remaining in the third quarter.
Fresno State then forced a three-and-out, which led to a miss by Camacho from 38 yards. But the Bulldogs (2-5, 1-3 Mountain West) kept coming.
Another three-and-out set up a 12-yard touchdown run by Anderson that got the Bulldogs to within 28-23, with a missed 2-point conversion. Fresno State forced another punt, then another, and with 4:25 remaining the Bulldogs took possession at their own 44-yard line.
The Bulldogs picked up a first down to the UNLV 42, and on third-and-6 Marteze Waller bolted 38 yards for a touchdown that with a 2-point conversion pass to tight end Chad Olsen put the Bulldogs up in the fourth quarter for the first time since their opening victory over FCS Abilene Christian.