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Once key in avoiding a Fresno State loss to UND, Robbie Rouse now named running backs coach of Fighting Hawks

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Back in 2011, Robbie Rouse was a big reason UND wasn't able to pull off an historic upset against Fresno State.

Nine years later, Rouse's name is back in UND circles. This time, he was announced Wednesday as the Fighting Hawks' new running backs coach.

Rouse, who was most recently the running backs coach at Augustana, takes over for Malcolm Agnew, who left for a job at Sacramento State this offseason.

Rouse was the running back at Fresno State when it beat UND 27-22 in 2011. His 1-yard touchdown run with 9:14 left in the fourth quarter held up as the winning score.

Rouse finished with 27 carries for 110 yards and two touchdowns. In that game, Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr -- now an NFL veteran -- was 11-for-17 for 235 yards and two touchdowns.

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The effort was just enough to hold off UND running back Jake Miller, who went for 145 yards and three touchdowns.

Prior to his time at Augustana, Rouse spent the 2017 season coaching at St. Scholastica. The San Diego native also worked as the running backs coach at Riggs Football Academy in Sioux Falls.

Rouse, a 2013 graduate of Fresno State, ended his career as the program's all-time leading rusher. He totaled 4,647 yards and 37 touchdowns. He also had 794 receiving yards, five receiving touchdowns and one passing touchdown.

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019 and 2022.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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