Fresno State Bulldogs · Highlight

‘Dogs pick up back-to-back wins, defeat New Mexico State 30-17

Fresno State took care of business in Las Cruces Saturday against New Mexico State, winning 30-17. 

Although quarterback Jorge Reyna didn’t put up flashy numbers and never got the vertical passing game going – he finished with 147 passing yards and no touchdowns – two wide receivers shined. 

Redshirt freshman Emoryie Edwards, from Tulare, had a breakout first-career game after missing the first part of the season due to injury. He led the Bulldogs with 8 receptions for 70 yards. 

The other offensive standout was freshman wide receiver Jalen Cropper, who had a 79-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, his first career touchdown. Cropper had five rushes totalling 118 yards and also had one reception for 14 yards. 

Defensively, free safety Wylan Free led the way with two interceptions, including an 88-yard pick six in the second quarter. 

Due to injuries at cornerback, wide receiver Chris Coleman practiced as a defensive back during the week and started the game at cornerback. 

Even with the change at cornerback, the defense didn’t miss a beat. The ‘Dogs held New Mexico State quarterback Josh Adkins to 210 passing yards and one touchdown while forcing three interceptions. 

After wide receiver Keric Wheatfall put together a nice game last week, he unfortunately couldn’t repeat that performance and went down early with an injury. 

Kicker Cesar Silva’s troubles last week didn’t follow him to New Mexico. He reversed course this week and made all three field goal attempts. 

The Bulldogs return home for their second bye week with a 2-2 record and are trending in the right direction. After the bye week, the ‘Dogs will travel to Colorado Springs to face Air Force in their first Mountain West match-up of the season. 

Daniel Gligich
Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.