Fresno State took a 47-0 lead over Idaho into halftime, and there appeared to be extra motive for the Bulldogs to run up the score on their lowly opponent. Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter has accused Idaho coach Paul Petrino of asking his players to hit Bulldog players late, in particular quarterback Derek Carr.
(1/3) Coach DeRuyter comments at halftime: "We're gonna score 100. That's how we keep our guys interested. They keep playin' that way...— 940ESPN (@940ESPN) October 5, 2013
(2/3) "...They're being instructed by their head coach to hit our guys late. He's yelling on the sideline to hit our QB late..."— 940ESPN (@940ESPN) October 5, 2013
(3/3) "...He's going to get what he deserves."— 940ESPN (@940ESPN) October 5, 2013
This is obviously a serious accusation, and one that will continue to get attention through the remainder of the Vandals' schedule.
Carr tore the Idaho defense apart, passing for more than 400 yards and five touchdowns. The Vandals are one of the worst teams in the FBS, coming into the game 1-4 with only a close win over winless Temple to their name. Fresno State won the game 61-14.
This is not the first time Petrino has come under fire from an opposing coach. Two weeks ago, Mike Leach screamed at him during their post-game handshake, and you can make out the expletives yourself.
After the game, both coaches were asked about what occurred both during the game and after.
DeRuyter said he's never been so upset at halftime - "from what we were told what was said, I was fired up."— Dave Southorn (@IDS_Southorn) October 6, 2013
DeRuyter on what was said with Petrino: "he said good game. I wished him well."— Dave Southorn (@IDS_Southorn) October 6, 2013
Petrino said that there's no way he'd try to hurt Carr. He tried to recruit him to Illinois a couple years ago....— Troy Warzocha (@lmtribTroyW) October 6, 2013
He then talked about how Carr was one of the best college QBs he's ever come across.— Troy Warzocha (@lmtribTroyW) October 6, 2013