Oct. 19, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
|Head Coach Tim DeRuyter
|Senior QB Derek Carr
|Sophomore WR Davante Adams
|Senior CB L.J. Jones
|Team Stat Comparison|
|Rushing 1st Downs||7||10|
|Passing 1st Downs||10||22|
|Net Yards Rushing||133||206|
|Avg Per Rush||5.3||5.3|
|Net Yards Passing||161||435|
|Avg Per Attempt||3.8||8.5|
|Avg Per Completition||6.0||12.4|
|Individual Stat Leaders|
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.
What Carr did...
Set the school record for most touchdown passes in a career with 86, moving ahead of Paul Pinegar who had 84 from 2002-05.
Became the third player in school history to surpass 10,000 yards passing in a career.
Set a new school record for completions in a career, as he now has 849 completions on 1,278 attempts.
Threw for four or more touchdowns for the fourth time in six games this season. It was his 11th career game with four or more TD passes, which leads all active FBS quarterbacks.
He recorded his fourth-straight game with 300 or more yards passing, tying the Mountain West record. It was his 15th career game with over 300 yards passing.
Completed seven passes for over 20 yards in the game. UNLV entered the contest having allowed only 13 completions of 20-plus yards in its first six games, which ranked No. 13 in the FBS.
Carr now owns 15 school records and 17 Mountain West records.
What Adams did...
Tied the school and Mountain West record with four touchdown catches.
Registered the school's 12th 200-yard receiving game. His 221 yards ties for the ninth-most in school history.
Tied the school record for touchdown catches in a career. He now has 25 career TD catches in just 19 games.
Now has seven TD catches in the last two games.
"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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