Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/25/12
When the Fresno State Bulldogs kicked off Monday in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl against the SMU Mustangs, they were listed as 13 point favorites. By halftime the Bulldogs were down 22-0. At the end of the game, that 22 points would be all the Mustangs would need winning the game 43-10. With the win the by SMU the underdogs are now 3-4 in the 2012 -2013 college football bowl season.The Mustangs dominated the game from the second quarter on. They were led on offense by former Texas Longhorns quarterback, junior Garrett Gilbert and running back senior Zach Line.Gilbert was 14-28 passing for 212 yards 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. He also carried the ball 18 times for 98 yards and 1 touchdown. Line had 19 carries on the night for 71 yards and 1 touchdown of his own.The real star of the night for the Mustangs was senior defensive end Margus Hunt. Hunt sacked Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr on the night including one for a safety. He also forced to fumbles that set up field goals by kicker Chase Hover. Hunt was named MVP of the game.Along with the explosive play on defense by Hunt, SMU also had 2 interceptions returned for touchdowns. The first was for 69 yards by Taylor Reed and the second was an 83-yard return by Hayden Greenbauer. The two interceptions by the Mustangs defenders tied the NCAA record of 8 on the season that was set last season by Southern Mississippi.It was a tough night for Fresno State from their first possession on. Senior quarterback Derek Carr was under intense pressure for most of the night. He was sacked 7 times for -41 yards including one time for a safety. Car also had 1 fumble and threw 2 interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. Senior running back Robbie Rouse had the other fumble that Margus Hunt forced. Rouse only gained 22 yards on the ground to go with his fumble.When Carr was able to get time he was 33-54 passing for 362 yards and 1 touchdown. Freshman receiver Davante Adams had a good night for the Bulldogs catching 13 balls for 144 yards and 1 touchdown. Junior receiver Isaiah Burse also had a good night for the Bulldogs with 105 yards on 5 returns and 89 yards receiving. Every time Burse touched the ball last night he was good for 20 yards.With the win, SMU is now 3-1 in bowl games under head coach June Jones. Gilbert has shown over the year that he is the quarterback that was once talked about at powerhouse Texas. Maybe after a season with his new team Gilbert can return the Mustangs to their glory years.
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