SJSU Defeats No. 16 Fresno State, 62-52
Nov. 29, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
The defeat ends Fresno State's streak at 12-straight wins in Mountain West play and its chance to go to 11-0 for the first time in school history.
"It hurts tremendously. Our guys each week I thought were prepared and I thought went into this one with a great game plan," head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "You got to hand it to San Jose State, we got some things to work on, but it hurts for the fact that it was in our grasp but we let it go."
The Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1 MW), who had clinched the West Division of the league last week, will play in the first-ever Mountain West Championship game on Dec. 7 at the site of the highest-ranked BCS team. That will be finalized on Sunday.
San Jose State (6-6, 5-3 MW) used 736 yards of offense to defeat Fresno State and become bowl eligible.
"We couldn't find a way to stop their quarterback or receivers," DeRuyter said. "They had a good plan against us, we couldn't pressure them, [Fales] found the holes in our coverage and we got to do a better job with that."
The Bulldog offense put up 41 points in the first half on six touchdown passes from quarterback Derek Carr, but failed to maintain pace with SJSU in the second half.
With the Bulldogs trailing 59-44 and under 10 minutes to go in the game, Carr was picked off for the first time in 306 pass attempts and San Jose State made the 'Dogs pay.
"Guys are tore up, as well they should be," Carr said of the loss. "This will be easier to put [behind us] because we are playing for our No. 1 goal, and that's a conference championship. It's so hard to win every game, it really is."
Carr finished with 519 yards passing, completing 38-of-50 passes with six touchdowns. He now has 13 TD passes in his last two games and 45 total on the year, which has set a new Mountain West record and is one off the school record held by his brother David.
Sophomore wide receiver Davante Adams had 13 catches for 264 yards and three touchdowns that all came in the first quarter. He now has 22 touchdown catches on the season, which marks the 11th time in FBS history that a receiver caught 20 or more touchdowns in a season.
His 200-plus yard game was also his third of the season, setting a new Mountain West record.
"It's rough, when you have the type of season we were having - we are having - it's rough but we still got bigger goals ahead of us," Adams said. "Obviously coming into the season our goal was to win the conference championship, so we still got that ahead of us and we just got to get back to the drawing and fix everything that we had."
This was San Jose State's first win over a ranked opponent since 2000.
The two teams combined for a MW record 83 points in the first half and 1,006 yards of offense in the first two quarters.
Fresno State finished the game with 646 yards of offense and with SJSU's total, there was 1,382 yards of offense on the day.
The Bulldogs did get two take-aways on a pair of fumbles forced by Curtis Riley and Kyrie Wilson, but also gave up an onsides kick to start the second half in addition to Carr's fourth-quarter interception.
That onsides kick allowed SJSU to go down and take a 49-41 lead. The Bulldogs countered with a 42-yard field goal from Colin McGuire, but this was a game where they had to match touchdown for touchdown and were unable to do so.
SJSU led by as many as 18 before the 'Dogs scored with 2:03 to play to cut the lead down to 10. Fresno State was unable to recover its onsides kick attempt and the Spartans then ran out the clock.
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