FRESNO, Calif. -- Second half: Better.
Final result: Same as it almost always is against an upper-division opponent.
Weber State improved from the first half to the second, but the in interim coach Jody Sears' first game, the Wildcats fell 37-10 to Fresno State in their season opener on Saturday at Bulldog Stadium.
Weber State (0-1) is now 3-47 all-time against teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision.
On the other side, new Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter got off to a successful start as the Bulldogs (1-0) begin a new era after 15 seasons under coach Pat Hill. FSU also has a new home in the Mountain West Conference after leaving the WAC behind.
Junior quarterback Derek Carr shredded the Wildcats for two touchdowns and nearly 300 yards as Fresno State took an early lead and finished WSU off in the fourth quarter.
Carr, younger brother of former Bulldogs star and NFL No. 1 overall pick David Carr, completed 20-of-25 passing for 298 yards without an interception.
Robbie Rouse rushed for 123 yards and two scores as he closes in on becoming the Bulldogs' all-time leading rusher and Davante Adams had seven catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior quarterback Mike Hoke was Weber State's strongest weapon against Fresno State.
Hoke completed his first 10 pass attempts and finished 25-of-32 for 202 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Hoke also rushed 12 times for 34 yards to lead the Wildcats as WSU struggled to establish a ground attack.
Shaydon Kehano had four catches for 59 yards and WSU's only score and fellow junior receiver Jordan Clemente was Hoke's top target. Clemente, who had nine catches all of last season and 11 total for his career, had nine grabs for 51 yards. Senior tight end Brian Jankowski also had four catches for 55 yards.
Fresno State's front line held Weber State to 67 yards rushing. C.J. Tuckett carried 10 times for 29 yards to lead WSU's running backs.
On the other side, the Dawgs rolled up 515 yards of total offense, 217 on the ground despite being hurt by seven penalties for 80 yards.
After falling behind 21-0 quickly, the Wildcats closed the gap to two touchdowns before the Bulldogs iced the game with a Sean Alton interception, WSU's only turnover of the game.
Carr immediately punished the Wildcats with a 38-yard scoring strike to Adams on the next play and the Bulldogs followed it up with a four-yard knockout punch by Milton Knox.
Weber State made progress early in the second half by forcing Fresno State to punt on its first possession, then marching into Bulldogs territory.
After nearly losing the ball when Hoke's fumble was covered by center Tyson Tiatia after a sack, Weber State finally found the end zone with its best play of the night.
Facing third and 19 from Fresno State's 36, Hoke found Kehano in the middle of the field for Weber State's first touchdown of the season with 9:37 to go in the third quarter.
WSU held Fresno State scoreless in the third quarter despite having trailed 21-0 early in the second quarter.
Weber State crossed midfield on its first drive of the game before punter Tony Epperson pinned the Bulldogs to their own 3-yard line. It didn't take Carr long to reverse field position, connecting with Marcel Jensen for 32 yards on the Bulldogs' first play from scrimmage and the Dawgs were off and running.
Carr hit Davante for a 27-yard score on the opening drive and Rouse added two TDs on the ground for a three-touchdown advantage in the second quarter.
Weber State broke the shutout with a 40-yard field goal by Shaun McClain with 7:16 remaining in the second quarter as the Wildcats were helped on the drive by a personal foul that kept them alive as the Bulldogs stopped them on a third down.
Quentin Breshears matched McClain with a 39-yard field goal with 46 seconds left in the half and Weber State trailed 24-3 at the break.
It could have been worse -- Adams caught a TD pass from Carr in the second quarter that was erased by an offensive pass interference call.
The Wildcats played without the help of two of their four captains. Junior linebacker Anthony Morales suffered a hip injury Friday and did not play. Senior defensive end Trevor Pletcher (ankle) was listed as questionable and was also held out.
Luke King and Willie Okwuonu each had nine tackles and Roman Valenzuela added eight for the Wildcats.
Weber State plays in-state rival BYU in Provo next Saturday.