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And when tight end Marcel Jensen dropped Carr’s short pass in the end zone on the final play of the opening period, it marked the first time Fresno State was shut out in the first half since it lost to Boise State in 2010.

That was the only time the Bulldogs even came close to scoring.

After a dull, scoreless opening quarter, Gilbert shook off one tackle and scored on a 17-yard run. The defense took over from there.

Hunt blew past right tackle Alex Fifita and blindsided Carr, dropping him flat as the ball came loose and was scooped up by Aaron Davis, who returned it 23 yards to the Fresno State 16 until he fumbled it out of bounds. SMU had to settle for a field goal. On the next series, Carr scrambled backward and couldn’t escape an 18-yard sack to the 6, and then Hunt sacked him in the end zone for a safety.

Gilbert did most of his damage on the ground, either on a quarterback draw or sprinting away from the rush, though he completed five straight passes during the Mustangs’ longest drive, 67 yards that culminated with Zach Line busting up the middle for an 8-yard score.

Hunt wasn’t finished, though.

On second-and-7 from the 33, Carr gave it to Robbie Rouse on a delayed handoff, right about the time Hunt showed up to disrupt the play and cause another fumble that Taylor Reed recovered. That drive went backward, and Chase Hover connected from 48 yards. Even then, the Bulldogs looked out of sorts, with players sprinting off the field during a substitution that looked to be run by the Keystone Kops.

SMU’s offense did enough in the second half to keep Fresno State from making a game of it, and the second-half interceptions sealed it. Reed returned an interception 69 yards to make it 36-10, and then Greenbauer finished off a great night for the Mustangs’ defense.