Nov. 23, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
|Head Coach Tim DeRuyter
|Senior QB Derek Carr
|Senior DE Nikko Motta
|Sophomore WR Davante Adams
|Junior WR Josh Harper
|Team Stat Comparison|
|Rushing 1st Downs||6||17|
|Passing 1st Downs||4||16|
|Net Yards Rushing||168||277|
|Avg Per Rush||4.2||6.4|
|Net Yards Passing||157||543|
|Avg Per Attempt||12.1||13.2|
|Avg Per Completition||19.6||18.7|
|Individual Stat Leaders|
The Bulldogs used a school and league record 820 yards of total offense to improve to 10-0 on the season - just the third time in school history and first since 1989 that this has happened. Fresno State also hit the 10-win mark for the first time since 2001.
"What a great Senior Day for our guys to go out on," head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "We are proud to win the West [Division], but we know we have one more game this season to clinch things, but I am just really happy with the way we played."
The 820-yard performance was just the second in the BCS this season - Baylor had 872 vs. West Virginia - and the Bulldog offense scored nine touchdowns while averaging 9.8 yards per play, just shy of the school record of 9.9 set last season in a win against Colorado when the 'Dogs also scored 69 points.
Carr, a Heisman Trophy candidate, was unbelievable. His seven TD passes set a new school record and tied the Mountain West record, but what was most impressive was their length. Three of them were over 50 yards and five were over 39 yards. Carr averaged 19.5 yards per completion on the afternoon, as he was 27-of-37 passing for 527 yards.
He did not throw an interception and now has gone 266 consecutive passes without throwing a pick. For the season, he has 39 TDs against just four interceptions on 502 pass attempts. Carr also became the 18th player in FBS history to surpass 10,000 yards passing and 100 TDs in a career.
"He's as good as there is in the country and that is why I think it is very well deserved that he should be in the Heisman discussion," DeRuyter said. "He has led us to a 10-0 record, which is the most important thing for a quarterback."
Davante Adams, a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, caught four of Carr's TDs and in the process set new Mountain West records for touchdowns in a game, season (19) and for a career (33). Adams had nine catches for a career-high 246 yards, averaging 27.3 yards per catch. All four of his TD catches were over 39 yards with a long of 59.
"With the people that I have on this team, I don't know if it is as easy as it looks, but [my teammates] help me out a lot," Adams said when asked if it was as easy as it looked for him on Saturday. "Obviously we got tremendous athletes all over the field, so they make it easier than it should be."
Fresno State had three receivers in all go for over 100 yards for just the third time in school history. Isaiah Burse, on his senior day, caught six passes for 112 yards and he also had a 26 yard rushing touchdown on a fumblerooski trick play. Josh Harper caught 10 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns.
"When you have a quarterback like Derek, it's not hard to get in the end zone," Harper said. "He puts it right on you."
It just wasn't an offensive game though.
New Mexico came into the day with the nation's second-leading rushing offense, averaging 323.8 yards per game. Fresno State held UNM to only 168 yards on the ground, including just 42 in the first half that helped the 'Dogs build a 35-0 lead.
"We knew it was going to be a challenge defensively, facing the second-ranked rushing team," DeRuyter said. "But once again our guys answered the call and went out in a way that reflects very well on them, as well as our school."
Coming out of halftime, the 'Dogs scored 28 points in the third quarter to put it on the Lobos. That tied the MW record and set a new Bulldog Stadium record for points in a third quarter.
The Bulldogs did not turn the ball over, but also did not force one as well for just the second time under DeRuyter and his staff. Fresno State had three sacks on defense and 13 tackles for a loss. Ejiro Ederaine had a sack for the fifth-straight game and Donavon Lewis added another sack in addition to 2.5 tackles for a loss.
Fresno State now looks to complete its perfect regular season, as the 'Dogs travel to San Jose State the day after Thanksgiving for a 12:30 p.m. game in San Jose.
"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.
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