No. 15 Fresno State looks to improve to 7-0 for the first time since 1991 when the 'Dogs play at San Diego State on Saturday in a game between two teams that are undefeated in Mountain West play ... kickoff from Qualcom Stadium is at 7:30 p.m. and the game is being televised nationally on ESPN2 with the broadcast team of Dave Flemming (play-by-play), David Diaz-Infante (analyst) and Allison Williams (sideline reporter) ... fans can listen to the game on the official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs, 940 AM ESPN radio, with `Voice of the Bulldogs' Paul Loeffler, former Bulldog and NFL safety Cameron Worrell as the analyst and sideline reporter Ralph Wood ... Fresno State was ranked No. 17 in the initial BCS Standings that came out on Sunday, which is the highest ranking of any team from a non-automatic qualifying conference ... the Bulldogs' No. 15 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll is also their highest since being No. 8 back in the 2001 season ... senior quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Derek Carr continues his prolific season where he ranks second nationally in passing yards per game (379.3) and touchdown passes (23) ... wide receiver Davante Adams in his last two games has caught 24 passes for 406 yards and seven touchdowns ... the Bulldog offense has gone for 1,372 yards in their last two games and ranks fourth nationally in total offense (555.2) and fifth in scoring (45.8) for the season ... defensively, the Bulldogs are starting to come in to their own and they rank third nationally in sacks per game (3.67) while being second in tackles for a loss (9.3) ... the Bulldogs have won 11-straight regular-season games and have scored 40 or more points in 10 out of those 11 games.
Davante Adams was named the MW Offensive Player of the Week for the second game in a row after tying the school and MW record with four TD catches vs. UNLV.
Fresno State is averaging 89.50 plays per game. Only Cal and BYU at 89.57 plays per game has a higher average.
Fresno State's Nov. 2 Blackout game vs. Nevada will be televised on ESPNU and kickoff time has been moved to 7:30 p.m. to accommodate the national telecast.
Heisman Trophy Candidate Derek Carr
Fresno State Athletics has launched its website DC4Heisman.com to promote the Bulldogs' Heisman Trophy candidate, Derek Carr. Carr is one of the nation's top quarterbacks and ranks second nationally with 379.8 passing yards per game and 23 touchdown passes. Looking at his numbers through the first six games, and comparing his to the past five Heisman-winning QBs, his numbers are better at this point of the season. Carr has tied Sam Bradford's mark at this point in the season for TD passes. Through six games this year, Carr is responsible for 20 more TDs than turnovers, which is equal to Johnny Manziel and RGIII through their first six games of their Heisman-winning seasons.
Moving Up In The Polls
Fresno State continues to rise in the two official top 25 polls and remains the highest ranked team from a non-AQ conference. This week the Bulldogs climbed to No. 15 in the Associated Press Top 25 and one spot in the USA Today Coaches Poll to No. 18. The No. 15 AP ranking marks the first time since being No. 8 in 2001 that Fresno State has been in the top 15 in either poll.
Initial BCS Standings Released
The first BCS Standings of the season were released on Sunday and Fresno State found itself at No. 17 in the initial standings. Again, the Bulldogs were the highest ranked team of any non-BCS team, one spot ahead of Northern Illinois. This is just the second season in school history that the Bulldogs have been ranked in the BCS Standings.
Fresno State vs. San Diego State - The Series
The Last Meeting
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September 29, 2012
Carr's Record Night Leads 'Dogs Past SDSU
Fresno State got yet another record-setting performance at Bulldog Stadium in a 52-40 victory over San Diego State Saturday night in the first-ever Mountain West game for the 'Dogs.
Saturday's game between the Aztecs and Bulldogs will be the 53rd meeting all-time between the schools. San Diego State leads the all-time series 27-21-4 and is 15-9-2 against the Bulldogs when hosting them in San Diego. The series began in 1923 and the two teams played one another every year from 1945-1979 with SDSU winning 20 of the 35 games with three ties. The Bulldogs won eight-straight games over the Aztecs from 1954-61, while SDSU reeled off nine-straight from 1962-70 and won 14-of-15 from `62-76. The two teams have split their last two meetings.
Scouting San Diego State
San Diego State enters the game having won three-straight, including two in Mountain West play to sit at 3-3 overall on the year and 2-0 in the conference. The Aztecs opened up the year by allowing 116 points (38.7) in their first three games, all losses, but since then have only allowed 80 (26.7ppg) in their last three outings. SDSU has also averaged 481.7 yards of offense during their winning streak compared to 348.3 yards in its three losses to open the season. Overall, San Diego State averages 26.7 points per game and 415 yards of offense while allowing 32.7 points and 418.7 yards on defense. The Aztecs are minus-six in the turnover department, as they have thrown nine interceptions and lost six fumbles.
Last Time vs. SDSU
Fresno State's first-ever Mountain West league game was against San Diego State last season on Sept. 29, 2012 at home. The Bulldogs found themselves down in a 21-7 hole after the first quarter before Derek Carr led the team back with 29 points in the second quarter. After a Leon McFadden 96-yard interception return for a TD gave SDSU back the lead, 40-36 midway through the third quarter, Carr and the 'Dogs closed out the game with 16 unanswered points to win 52-40. Carr was 42-of-56 passing for 536 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions in the win. At the time, he set new school and Mountain West records for completions in a game and total offense with 570 yards. His 536 yards passing vs. SDSU in 2012 tied the school record and was one yard short of tying the MW record.
Best Two Games In School History
Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams over his last two games has seven touchdown receptions. In the first 13 seasons since the turn of the century, 10 of them saw a complete season go by where a Bulldog wide receiver did not catch more than seven TD passes in an entire season and here we have Adams who has seven touchdown catches in his last two games. On Oct. 5 at Idaho, Adams tied the school record with 16 catches that went for 185 yards and three touchdowns. Then last weekend vs. UNLV he hauled in eight passes for a career-high 221 yards and the four touchdowns. His four TDs tied the school and Mountain West records and his 221 yards receiving are tied for the ninth most in school history and are the most by a MW player since San Diego State's DeMarco Sampson recorded 257 yards at Colorado State on Oct. 24, 2009. His seven TDs in two games are the most since West Virginia's Stedman Bailey had eight TDs in a two-game stretch last season.
What is more impressive is Adams' continual production catching touchdown passes. He has played in 19 career games and he has already tied the school record for most touchdown receptions in a career with 25. 25 touchdown catches in 19 games. He is tied for fifth nationally in career touchdown receptions and everyone else ahead of him has played in 31 or more games. Adams is also the national active career leader in receptions per game (8.5) and receiving yards per game (106.8). Looking at his numbers from only this season, Adams ranks second nationally in TD catches (11), is third in receptions per game (10.0) and seventh in receiving yardage per game (119.5).
Fresno State ranks third nationally by running an average of 89.5 plays per game. Only Cal and BYU have a slightly higher average at 89.57, as both have run 627 plays in seven games. The 'Dogs are at 537 plays in six games. Fresno State ranks fourth nationally in total offense (555.2 ypg) and passing offense (384.2 ypg) while ranking fifth in the FBS in scoring (45.8 ppg). What allows all of this to happen is their solid offensive line, which has not allowed a sack in their last two games. The Bulldogs have allowed just three sacks all year and rank second nationally in that category.
1,372 Yards of Offense in Two Games
Over the last two games Fresno State has totaled 1,372 yards of offense and that is the most yards gained in back-to-back games in school history. The 'Dogs had 731 yards at Idaho on Oct. 5 and 641 last weekend vs. UNLV. The 731 yards at Idaho is the second highest single-game offensive output in school history, trailing the 757 yards gained vs. New Mexico on Oct. 5, 1991. This marks the first time since the 2001 season that the Bulldogs have gone for over 600 yards of offense in back-to-back games. In 2001, Fresno State gained 610 yards of offense against San Jose State on Nov. 23 and then had 713 yards of offense on Dec. 1 vs. Utah State.
Bulldog quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Derek Carr is the trigger man in Fresno State's high-powered offense. Carr continues to re-write the Bulldog record books. Last game against UNLV when he was 33-of-48 passing for 412 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions, he set two new school records while also going over 10,000 yards passing in his career. Carr moved ahead of Paul Pinegar (2002-05) as the school's all-time leader in career touchdown passes (86) and career completions (849). He now owns 15 school records and 17 Mountain West records to his name. Notable school records Carr is still chasing include the all-time career passing record (773 yards away), career pass attempts (128 away) and the record for total offense in a career (239 yards away).
Carr and Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion are the only QBs in the nation that have four games this season with over 400 yards passing AND four or more TD passes. Carr has done this in 4-of-6 games on the year while Mannion has done so in 4-of-7 games. Carr ranks second nationally in passing (379.3 ypg) and touchdown passes (23). He is also the FBS active leader in the number of career completions of 20 or more yards. Carr has 148 of those in his career, which leads all active FBS quarterbacks (Clemson's Tajh Boyd is second with 138).
Going for 11-Straight
Fresno State has won its last 11 regular-season games and has scored over 40 points in 10 out of those 11 games, the one outliner being last week's 38-point showing when the 'Dogs had 641 yards of offense. In the past 11 regular season games, the Bulldogs have averaged 46.5 points per game and 537.1 yards of offense while forcing 26 turnovers. The average margin of victory in the last 11 regular season games has been 20.3 points. This current 11-game winning streak, counting regular season games only, is the longest since the Bulldogs won 16-straight regular season games over the 1988 and 1989 seasons.
It's not just the Fresno State offense that ranks high nationally, the Bulldog defense does as well. The 'Dogs rank second nationally in tackles for a loss per game with 9.3 and are third in the bowl subdivision in sacks with 3.67 per game. Fresno State's `D' has really come on in this area over the past three games, as the Bulldogs have recorded 16 sacks and 30 tackles for a loss in that time. Fresno State's 22 total sacks on the season are four more than any other Mountain West team and the 'Dogs have played in one fewer game than Boise State, who ranks second in the league with 18 sacks. San Diego State is second-to-last and ranked 100th in the FBS in sacks against, having allowed 17 in six games.
Fresno State sophomore outside linebacker Ejiro Ederaine (pronounced A-Dro ED-er-EYE-nay), leads Fresno State this year with five sacks. He also ranks third in the MW with 0.83 sacks per game and is 10th in the league with 1.08 tackles for a loss per game. Ederaine has sort of come out of nowhere this year to earn a starting spot. He has started only the last three games for the Bulldogs and is making the most out of his opportunity. On the season he has 22 tackles along with one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry in addition to his sacks and tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
Bulldog junior free safety Derron Smith was named to CBSSports.com's Midseason All-America first-team on Oct. 15. Smith was one of just two players on offense or defense to make the first team that are not from a BCS school.
Jensen on John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List
Senior Marcel Jensen was one of 29 tight ends in the nation named to John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List that was announced on Oct. 15. He was also one of just three players from the Mountain West and was joined by Colorado State tight ends Kivon Cartwright and Crockett Gillmore. This season Jensen has been a big part of the Bulldog offense that ranks fourth nationally in passing at 384.2 yards per game and fifth in scoring at 45.8 points per game. Jensen has caught 17 passes for 251 yards and his 14.8 yards per reception is the second highest on the team of anyone with five or more catches.
Bulldogs Represented Well in San Diego
Fresno State has four alums that are currently members of the San Diego Chargers in wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu, CB Richard Marshall, RB Ryan Mathews and OT Kenny Wiggins (practice squad member). Ajirotutu had 125 receptions for 1,963 yards and 12 TDs in his time at Fresno State (2007-09) before joining the NFL in 2010 as an undrafted free agent. Marshall had 173 tackles, nine interceptions and at the time he left for the NFL, held the school record for career interceptions returned for a touchdown with three. Marshall was taken with the 58th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. Mathews rushed for 3,280 yards and 39 touchdowns in his time at Fresno State. He set the school single-season rushing record in 2009 when he ran for 1,808 yards and led the nation with 150.7 yards per game. He was a first-round pick (No. 12 overall) of the Chargers in the 2010 draft. Wiggins played at Fresno State from 2007-10 and was a first-team All-WAC selection for the 'Dogs in 2010.
Fresno State has outscored opponents 83-20 in the first quarter of games this season and 175-56 in the first half. The Bulldogs have scored on their first possession of the game in all six contest this year, which includes five touchdowns. Last weekend against UNLV, the 'Dogs scored on their first play from scrimmage when Derek Carr hit Davante Adams on a 75-yard touchdown strike. That was the first time since Sept. 17, 2011 that Fresno State scored on its first play of the game. Back in 2011, Carr hit Jalen Saunders on a 86-yard touchdown pass in the win over North Dakota.
Fresno State has won 10-straight home games and every single home game in the Tim DeRuyter era. The 10-game home winning streak is tied for the sixth longest in the FBS.
Last week against UNLV, Derek Carr completed seven passes for over 20 yards. UNLV entered the game having only allowed 13 completions of over 20 yards in its first six games and were tied for 13th in the FBS until Carr's prolific game. UNLV's pass efficiency defense was ranked No. 10 in the nation at 99.45, but after facing Carr the Rebels dropped to No. 23 nationally and saw its rating go up to 113.56.
The Bulldogs converted 11-of-16 third-down attempts last week against UNLV. This is one area the Fresno State offense has improved upon as the season has progressed. Game-by-game, Fresno State has converted 5-of-18 third-downs vs. Rutgers, 4-of-15 vs. Cal Poly, 8-of-17 vs. Boise State, 5-of-14 at Hawai'i and 6-of-15 at Idaho.
Fresno State's defense ranks second in the MW and 38th nationally by allowing opponents to convert just 35.6 percent of their third-down tries.
In two career games against San Diego State, junior wide receiver Josh Harper has caught 12 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns. In last seasons win, Harper set season-highs in both receptions (nine) and yards (120) while catching one touchdown pass.
Davante Adams has become the first player in school history to have two games in his career with three or more touchdown receptions.