Carr, Adams Keep Bulldogs Rolling
Oct. 19, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
The Bulldogs now stand 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Mountain West, defeating the Rebels (4-3, 2-1 MW) who came into the game having won four-straight and were tied with Fresno State and San Diego State atop the West Division standings. The 6-0 start is Fresno State's best since the 2001 team also started 6-0 and reached as high as No. 8 in the national rankings.
"I thought we started the game fast, which was our intention," head coach Tim DeRuyter said as he saw his team score on its first four drives. "We hadn't played in a couple weeks so we wanted to get going and get the crowd into it and that played well."
Carr and Adams set the tone right away with a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage.
The two continue to shred defenses and have hooked up for seven touchdowns in the last two games. Carr was 33-of-48 passing for 412 yards with four touchdowns. Adams caught eight passes for a career-high 221 yards and tied the school record with four touchdown catches.
Both of them had record-setting nights on Saturday.
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"He's a very good player, he works very hard and tonight they tried to play a lot of man coverage against him," DeRuyter said of Adams. "Derek finds him and Davante makes plays. It's a nice combination."
Fresno State outgained UNLV 641-294. The Bulldogs, behind their offensive line who has not allowed a sack in two-straight games, now have 1,372 yards of offense in their last two games.
Defensively, Fresno State shutout the Rebels in the second half and if you take away Shaquille Murray-Lawrence's 73-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, UNLV would have only gained 221 yards on the night.
The one thing that did not happen for Fresno State in the game was that they did not force a turnover. This was the first time in 19 games under DeRuyter that his team did not record a take-away. What his defense does continue to do is sack the quarterback. With three sacks tonight, the 'Dogs now have 16 sacks in their last three games.
"We need to pass rush," said cornerback L.J. Jones who had five tackles, one tackle for a loss and a pass breakup in the game. "It helps us out in the backfield because it allows the ball to come out quicker, which helps us get a jump on the ball. Unfortunately we weren't able to get an interception tonight, but if we keep at it we will eventually."
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