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Published September 18, 2011, 12:40 PM

Fresno State Survives North Dakota with 27-22 Win

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr passed for 235 yards and two touchdowns, both to Jalen Saunders, as Fresno State held off North Dakota 27-22 on Saturday night.

Robbie Rouse added 110 rushing yards and two touchdowns for Fresno State (1-2), including a 1-yarder for the go-ahead score.

Jake Miller rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns for North Dakota (1-2). Miller's third touchdown gave the Fighting Sioux a 22-21 lead with nine seconds left in the third quarter.

The Fighting Sioux had a chance to take the lead before its final drive stalled near midfield.

The Bulldogs improved to 9-0 against FCS opponents under coach Pat Hill, who's in his 15th season.

Trailing 21-9 at halftime, North Dakota took a short-lived one-point lead on a pair of short touchdown runs by Miller.

Fresno State answered with a 12-play, 71-yard drive capped by Rouse's 1-yard touchdown run with 9:14 left.

Rouse had previously put the Bulldogs up 21-9 after Devon Wylie's 48-yard punt return gave Fresno State excellent field position on the North Dakota 11.

Down 14-0 midway through the first quarter, the Fighting Sioux answered with a 70-yard touchdown run by Miller and Zeb Miller's 49-yard field goal.

On the Bulldogs' first play from scrimmage, Carr hit Saunders for an 86-yard touchdown. Carr then found Saunders open down the middle for a 52-yard strike on Fresno State's third possession.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.