Fresno State 24, Utah State 17
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[December 09, 2013]
FRESNO, Calif. No. 22 Fresno State 24, Utah State 17: Derek Carr threw for 404
yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs edged the visiting Aggies in
the first Mountain West championship game.
Carr completed 36-of-53 passes and had two interceptions for
Fresno State (11-1), which matched the school record for wins in a
season and claimed its first outright conference title since 1991.
The Bulldogs, who had their BCS hopes dashed with last week's 62-52
loss at San Jose State, won their 13th straight home game and appear
headed for the Las Vegas Bowl.
Ronald Butler had five receptions for 145 yards to lead Utah State
(8-5), which rallied from a 17-0 deficit and scored 10 unanswered
points to pull within 24-17 midway through the fourth quarter.
Darell Garretson was 12-of-26 for 198 yards before leaving with a
head injury on the Aggies' first drive in the fourth quarter.
Davante Adams caught nine passes for 168 yards and put Fresno State
ahead 24-7 with a 3-yard touchdown reception with 1:33 left in the
third quarter. Utah State scored its first offensive touchdown on
Bruce Natson's 10-yard run early in the fourth quarter and the
Aggies recovered the ensuing onside kick before pulling within a
touchdown on Nick Diaz's 20-yard field goal.
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Utah State stopped Fresno State on downs with 1:42 remaining
and took over at its own 28 after the Bulldogs decided not to
attempt a 46-yard field goal. The Aggies drove into Fresno State
territory before Dalen Jones intercepted backup quarterback
Craig Harrison with 58 seconds to play.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Carr set the school's single-season touchdown
record with 48 and broke the single-season school for passing
yardage at 4,866.
Utah State trailed 17-0 with three seconds
left in the second quarter when LB Jake Doughty recovered a
fumble and returned it 86 yards for a touchdown.
recorded nine sacks and allowed 304 total yards one week after
yielding 736 total yards to San Jose State.
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