Carr, Harper lead No. 16 Fresno St. past Nevada
Nov. 2, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
Fresno State senior quarterback Derek Carr, behind his fifth 400-yard passing game this season, became the Bulldogs' all-time career passing leader on the night, surpassing Kevin Sweeney's record that has stood since 1986.
Josh Harper's 17 receptions also set a new school record and the duo, along with a strong fourth quarter where the 'Dogs outscored Nevada (3-6, 2-4 Mountain West) 17-7, helped push Fresno State past a feisty Wolf Pack squad.
"I like our team, we got great resolve, we expect to win and we find ways," head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "We finished strong, which is what we always want to do. I was particularly happy with how we ran the ball down at the end of the game.
"Again we just find ways on defense, we got to get better, but we find ways to finish games off."
Carr was 39-of-55 passing for 487 yards and three touchdowns and he also ran for another score. He now has thrown 183 consecutive passes without an interception and after another prolific passing night, stands as Fresno State's all-time leading passer with 10,821 career passing yards.
"All the teammates and all the players I've played with that have helped me get there, all the credit goes to them," Carr said when asked about becoming Fresno State's all-time leading passer. "It means a heck of a whole lot, it does, especially with big brother [David Carr] here to witness it."
Harper's 17 catches tops Davante Adams' 16 from earlier this season and two other Bulldogs with 16 catches for the most in school history. He had 253 yards receiving on the night and two TDs and his yardage is the third-most in program history.
"That's the best game I've ever had - ever," Harper said.
Defensively, the Bulldogs held strong when they had to at the end, only allowing Nevada to score once on its final four possessions when it was a one-score game entering the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs only allowed Nevada to convert just 4-of-16 third-down attempts, they had three sacks and Derron Smith provided a take-away for the 'Dogs with his second quarter interception.
"It was a nice relief to just go out there and get a somewhat easier win towards the end instead of a nail-biting, heart-pumping defensive stop like we have," Smith said. "Hats off to our offense for giving us enough points and the defense for making enough plays to get the `W' at the end."
Running back Josh Quezada had a big game with 155 all-purpose yards. He caught five passes for 40 yards and was key running the ball, gaining 115 yards on 17 carries for his first 100-yard game as a Bulldog. Quezada averaged 6.8 yards per rush against Nevada.
Davante Adams, who entered the game on a ridiculous streak having caught 36 passes for 493 yards and nine touchdowns in the three previous games, caught a modest eight passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. He now has 14 touchdown catches in eight games this season, matching his total from last season and it is one behind the single-season school record.
The Bulldogs are now down to three games remaining in the regular season and travel to face Wyoming next weekend. That game kicks off at 7:15 p.m. and is being televised nationally on ESPN2.
"Catch the Wave" - Tickets for Fresno State regular season finale against New Mexico on Nov. 23 are still available and can be purchased online at gobulldogs.com, over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647) or in person at the Bulldog Ticket Office located at Bulldog Stadium. The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.