Fresno State has fired coach Tim DeRuyter.

Athletic director Jim Bartko announced the decision, which was previously reported by CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd, during a press conference on Sunday afternoon.

Early indications are that Washington consultant and former Cal coach Jeff Tedford is the leading candidate to replace DeRuyter, according to Dodd, but offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau has been named the team's interim coach.

The decision to fire DeRuyter comes a day after Fresno State fell 38-20 to Utah State, dropping its record to 1-7. The Bulldogs went 3-9 in 2015.

DeRuyter came to Fresno State in 2012 after spending the previous two years as Texas A&M's defensive coordinator. His first two seasons were spectacular successes, as the Bulldogs went 20-6 and won two Mountain West Conference titles. After the 2013 season, however, the Bulldogs lost star quarterback Derek Carr and receiver Davante Adams to the NFL, and things have been downhill since.

Fresno State has gone 10-24 since the beginning of the 2014 season, getting progressively worse with each passing year.