Fresno State was forced to make a switch at quarterback Saturday.
But the results continued to be the same in a lost season, as the Bulldogs fell into a big deficit early at Colorado State and got blown out 37-0 at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins.
Fresno State (1-9, 0-6 Mountain West) set a program record with its eighth consecutive loss while also suffering its first shutout loss since 2010.
“You’ve got to give a lot of credit to Colorado State,” interim Bulldogs coach Eric Kiesau said. “They did a very good job. They played a very physical brand of football. They gave us some pressures, and we had them picked up, but they played really physical.”
Zach Kline took over at quarterback on the Bulldogs’ second possession, with starter Chason Virgil sidelined by a left shoulder injury. He finished 11 for 24 for 147 yards with one interception and rushed for 26 yards on 17 carries.
“Without looking at the tape and really looking at it, I don’t want to speak prematurely, but he had a few mistakes obviously, he had a lot of stress around,” Kiesau said of Kline. “I think he was giving it everything he had, and he gave great effort. It just wasn’t our night tonight.”
Fresno State went three-and-out on its first possession, with Virgil hitting Aaron Peck for an 8-yard gain on his only pass. Virgil did not return to the game.
Kline entered after a Colorado State (5-4, 3-2) field goal and ran for 7 yards on first down, but the Bulldogs again went three-and-out after a run for no gain by Justin Rice and a 1-yard completion by Kline to tight end Kyle Riddering.
Four plays later, the Rams were in the end zone and leading 10-0 as Marvin Kinsey rushed for a 5-yard touchdown with 1:06 to go in the first quarter. Colorado State started the quick drive with a 44-yard pass by Nick Stevens to Robert Ruiz to the Bulldogs’ 22-yard line.
Colorado State extended its lead to 16-0 with 12:29 to go in the second quarter on an 18-yard touchdown pass to Michael Gallup from Stevens, though Wyatt Bryan missed the conversion kick. The Rams made it 23-0 with 1:25 to go in the half on a 1-yard touchdown run by Izzy Matthews.
Stevens threw his second touchdown pass with 11:10 to go in the third quarter, a 14-yard hookup with Anthony Hawkins, to put Colorado State up 30-0.
Matthews rushed 1 yard for his second touchdown with 7:27 left in the third.
The Rams scored with 4:20 remaining in the opening quarter on Bryan’s 33-yard field goal.
The Bulldogs had a final chance to get on the scoreboard with a first-and-10 at the Colorado State 11, but Kline’s pass for Riddering on fourth down with 1:10 to play was incomplete.
Fresno State had not been shut out since a 51-0 loss at Boise State on Nov. 19, 2010.
Lopsided stats – Colorado State outgained the Bulldogs 337-68 in the first half while holding the ball for 20:13.
The Rams finished with 494 yards of offense (257 rushing, 237 passing) and 28 first downs, while Fresno State gained 232 (77 rush, 155 pass) and had 12 first downs.
Not available – Fresno State was down three starters, with two out because of injury – safety and senior captain Tyquwan Glass (ankle) and running back Dontel James (leg). Receiver Delvon Hardaway was not with the team because of a family emergency.
Not much run – Rice, the true freshman out of Central Catholic High-Modesto, got the start in place of James. He only ran three times, losing a total of 3 yards.
Almost done – Colorado State will close Hughes Stadium after the Rams’ final home game Nov. 19 against New Mexico. Colorado State will open a new campus stadium in September.
Rooting interest – Ex-El Diamante High standout J.C. Robles made his debut at quarterback for Colorado State as the Rams ran out the clock. The redshirt freshman was credited with one carry for no gain, with a second 11-yard run wiped out by penalty as the game ended. Junior defensive lineman Josh Lovingood (Clovis North) had one assisted tackle.
FRESNO STATE VS. HAWAII
- Nov. 19: 4 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium
- Records: Bulldogs 1-9, 0-6 Mountain West; Rainbow Warriors 4-5, 3-2, pending Saturday’s game at San Diego State
- Radio: KFIG (AM 940), KGST (AM 1600)
Colorado State 37, Fresno State 0
CSU — FG Bryan 33, 4:20
CSU — Kinsey 5 run (Bryan kick), 1:17
CSU — Gallup 18 pass from Stevens (kick failed), 12:29
CSU — Matthews 1 run (B.Davis kick), 1:25
CSU — Hawkins 14 pass from Stevens (B.Davis kick), 11:10
CSU — Matthews 1 run (B.Davis kick), 1:25
A — 23,187.
Time of Possession
RUSHING — Fresno State, Kline 17-26, J.Hughes 1-21, Oglesby 8-18, J.Jordan 4-15, Virgil 1-0, Ju.Rice 3-(minus 3). Colorado State, Kinsey 10-83, Matthews 10-55, Dawkins 10-35, Clark 6-26, Hawkins 3-19, Peters 5-17, Ruiz 1-15, Stevens 1-5, Bauta 1-2, Robles 1-0.
PASSING — Fresno State, Virgil 1-1-0-8, Kline 11-24-1-147. Colorado State, Bauta 0-2-0-0, Stevens 18-23-0-237.
RECEIVING — Fresno State, J.Jordan 3-64, Martens 2-36, K.Johnson 2-23, Peck 2-13, Riddering 2-8, Ju.Rice 1-11. Colorado State, Gallup 9-126, Ruiz 2-60, O.Johnson 2-11, Dawkins 2-8, Hawkins 1-14, Nwosu 1-13, Peralta 1-5.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
Fresno State-Colorado State by the numbers
8: Consecutive losses for the Bulldogs, a school record.
13: Consecutive completions in the first half by Colorado State’s Nick Stevens.
68: Yards of offense by the Bulldogs in the first half.
77: Games since Fresno State had been shut out, the last coming vs. Boise State, 51-0, on Nov. 19, 2010.
77: Rushing yards for Fresno State, marking the sixth time this season it has had less than 100.
257: Rushing yards for Colorado State, eighth game in a row that the Bulldogs have allowed 200-plus.
262: Advantage in total yards for the Rams; Colorado State had 494 to the Bulldogs’ 232.
10: Tackles for loss by Colorado State.
88.95: Passing efficiency rating for backup quarterback Zach Kline; Bulldogs went in with a 110.38 rating as a team.
28: Colorado State first downs, most in 19 games since San Jose State had 33 last season.