FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -
passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third, and
rushed for 181 yards and a touchdown as Fresno State outlasted visiting Idaho 45-32 on Saturday night.
Coming off a disappointing loss to Hawaii that knocked them out of the top 25, the Bulldogs (4-2 overall, 1-1 Western Athletic
Conference) struggled to put away a Vandals squad that has lost 16 straight conference games.
passed for 237 yards and three touchdowns for Idaho (1-6, 0-3), including two to
After pulling to within 42-32 on Deonte Jackson's 2-yard touchdown with 7:48 left, Idaho tried its second consecutive onside
kick but was unsuccessful after recovering one and converting it into a touchdown a few minutes earlier.
The Bulldogs drove 12 yards on six plays before
booted a 46-yard field goal, a line drive that almost skimmed the crossbar, with 4:57 left.
scored two touchdowns for Fresno State, one on a 15-yard reception to close the first half and another on a fumble recovery.
Idaho outgained the Bulldogs 452 to 433 in total yardage and won the time of possession battle but couldn't stop Fresno State's
three-headed ground game, which combined for a season-high tying 318 yards. Besides Miller, who had a 90-yard touchdown,
rushed for 94 yards and
Leading by 11 points at halftime, the Bulldogs went ahead 28-10 with a touchdown on their opening possession of the third
quarter. The four-play, 85-yard drive was capped by three consecutive runs of 19 yards or longer by three different tailbacks.
After Miller gained 19 yards, Harding burst through a gaping hole in the Vandals' defense for a 44-yard pickup to the 20.
Then Mathews took over, dodging several would-be tacklers on his way to a 20-yard score.
Idaho answered with a drive deep into Bulldogs territory, but quarterback
coughed up the fall when hit by linebacker
. Defensive end
made the recovery at the 10.
On the next play, Miller burst off tackle and sprinted down the sideline for a 90-yard touchdown without any Idaho defender
even laying a hand on him.
Fresno State led 21-10 at halftime after the teams traded touchdowns in the final 1:28 of the second quarter.
The Bulldogs moved 65 yards on nine plays on their final possession, capped by Brandstater's 15-yard touchdown pass to Ajirotutu
with 22 seconds left. The score came two plays after Ajirotutu dropped the ball on a similar pass.
Ajirotutu scored his first touchdown by recovering
's fumble in the end zone with 13:18 left in the second quarter, which put Fresno State ahead 14-3.
Idaho pulled to within 14-10 on Enderle's 17-yard touchdown pass to Davis with 1:28 left before halftime.
Jackson finished with 93 rushing yards on 18 carries for the Vandals.