Sept. 20, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
|Head Coach Tim DeRuyter
|Senior QB Derek Carr
|Junior FS Derron Smith
|Junior ILB Karl Mickelsen
|Junior RB Josh Quezada
|Team Stat Comparison|
|Rushing 1st Downs||9||4|
|Passing 1st Downs||20||20|
|Net Yards Rushing||280||190|
|Avg Per Rush||3.8||2.6|
|Net Yards Passing||361||460|
|Avg Per Attempt||7.7||7.7|
|Avg Per Completition||10.9||11.8|
|Individual Stat Leaders|
Down 40-34 with 7:04 left in the game, Carr engineered a 13-play, 87-yard drive over four minutes and 50 seconds to get the Bulldogs in the end zone. He completed 8-of-11 passes on the drive for 63 yards and running back Josh Quezada finished it with a one-yard game-winning touchdown run.
"It means a lot because of just how good of a program they are," Carr said of the meaning of beating Boise State. "What a great win for our school, what a great win for our community. It was phenomenal."
With the win, Fresno State improves to 3-0 for the first time since 2004 and starts out 1-0 in Mountain West play. The Bulldogs did so by grinding out a hard fought game, similar to the season-opening victory over Rutgers when the 'Dogs came back from two fourth-quarter deficits before winning in overtime.
"I can't say enough about the resolve of the guys in that locker room," head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "They never lose faith in each other, they trust each other, they love each other and when you do that you can do some tremendous things. We've got some tremendous athletes, but that glue that we have is special."
Carr threw for 460 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. With his fifth career 400-yard passing game, he set new school and Mountain West records for 400-yard passing games in a career. He also extended his nation-leading streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 23.
Fresno State had 522 yards of total offense and scored 40 or more points for the eighth time in their last nine games. Boise State's offensive numbers were better on this night, going for 561 yards on 100 plays.
"I did not know they ran 100 plays, but I guess that explains why I am so exhausted," said free safety Derron Smith, who had six tackles and an interception in the game. "With the offense that we run, the defense is going to have to keep playing a lot of snaps on the field."
The most important snap was Boise State's last of the game. Facing a fourth-and-six on the Bulldog 49-yard line with a minute to go, Fresno State senior Jonathan Norton knocked the ball out of Kirby Moore's hands for the fourth-down stop to preserve the victory.
"We were playing a coverage that bringing John Norton in as our nickel guy - you know he is such a competitor and just earned a scholarship this summer and is a great guy on and off the field, one of those glue guys and people outside of this team probably don't realize that he is one of the reasons this team is so close," DeRuyter said. "To see him make that play, it was huge. I was just really happy for him."
Bulldog junior linebacker Karl Mickelsen had a team-high 16 tackles, the most by a Bulldog since Ben Jacobs had 16 stops in a triple overtime loss at Texas A&M in 2007. Fresno State forced two turnovers in the game - Smith's pick and Mickelsen also recovered a fumble that was forced by L.J. Jones when the Broncos had the ball on the Fresno State 15-yard line.
Fresno State then took the ball after that recovered fumble and Carr hit Davante Adams on a three-yard touchdown pass to extend Adams' nation-leading streak to 11-straight games with a TD catch.
That gave Fresno State a 34-19 lead with 58 seconds left in the third quarter.
Boise State, led by quarterback Joe Southwick who threw for 313 yards but no touchdowns in the game, proceeded to score 21 unanswered points to put Boise State on top 40-34.
But Fresno State, behind its first sellout crowd since 2008, persevered with the win in its conference opener.
"I don't know what more can be said about it," DeRuyter said of the comeback. "Our guys were all in. You talk about being at the poker table and throwing every chip in and we were all in. To win it in the fashion we did where you are up and down, to finish it the way we did I couldn't be more proud of my team."
"Catch the Wave" - 2013 Fresno State football season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.
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