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Updated: Sunday October 12, 2008 2:57 AM




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  IDAHO 15   32 
36 FRESNO STATE 14  14  10   45 

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Tom Brandstater passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third, and Lonyae Miller 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.

Nathan Enderle passed for 237 yards and three touchdowns for Idaho (1-6, 0-3), including two to Preston Davis .

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 Kevin Goessling booted a 46-yard field goal, a line drive that almost skimmed the crossbar, with 4:57 left.

Seyi Ajirotutu 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, Anthony Harding rushed for 94 yards and Ryan Mathews added 57.

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 Quin Ashley coughed up the fall when hit by linebacker Nico Herron . Defensive end Chris Lewis 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 Anthony Harding '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.

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