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Fresno State nearly blows BCS opportunity, rallies to save it vs Boise State

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Boise State has been the little engine that could that all programs not associated with a power conference have been aspiring to be. Fresno State used to be there before Boise State emerged, and Friday night the Bulldogs took a giant step in getting back to that level. In a back-and-forth game from start to finish, Fresno State ended the night with a 41-40 victory in what could be a preview of the first Mountain West Conference championship game later this year.

Boise State mounted a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, scoring two touchdowns to cap a 21-point rally and take a lead after trailing 34-19 late in the third quarter, but Derek Carr guided the fresno state offense down field to retake the lead on a short touchdown pass to Josh Quedaza. The defense held Boise State on a fourth down around midfield to takeover on downs and run out the clock.

Carr finished the night with 460 passing yards and four touchdowns. Isaiah Burse and Davante Adams each had 100 receiving yards, and Adams extended his scoring streak to 11 games.

Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick had his up and down moments, passing for 313 yards and one interception. Southwick made some plays to help the Broncos come back in the fourth quarter but was lucky a video review went in his favor after losing the football on a run down toward the Fresno State end zone. On Boise State’s final possession of the night Southwick succumbed to the pressure brought by Fresno State’s defense and failed to pick up one last first down.

Fresno State moves to 4-0 and now can begin putting together whatever kind of BCS Buster profile they can manage while taking things one game at a time.

Fresno State’s path to an undefeated team has few road blocks standing in the way. With two of the toughest games now behind them (Rutgers, Boise State), the Bulldogs should be in a favorable position moving forward against a relatively weak schedule. Next week Fresno State heads to Hawaii and the final game of the regular season at San Jose State could be another shootout to be cautious of. The Spartans have another of the top quarterbacks in the conference with David Fales. Fresno State should be considered a strong favorite to advance to the conference championship game, and with this win they could very well be hosting Boise State in a rematch, or Utah State.

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12 Responses to “Fresno State nearly blows BCS opportunity, rallies to save it vs Boise State”
  1. Anoesis says: Sep 21, 2013 2:16 AM

    A fun game to watch if you aren’t into defense or competent special teams.

  2. timh1955 says: Sep 21, 2013 7:36 AM

    It’s about time Boise State was exposed as the most overrated team in college football history! They always think they are great because they were able to run the score up on the very weak teams in the MWC and WAC. Playing teams in either of those conferences certainly doesn’t mean you are a great team and should be in a BCS bowl or NC. Boise will lose at least two more games this year.

  3. ghaney51 says: Sep 21, 2013 7:47 AM

    Timh1955 thanks for revealing to us that you are an OU fan. We can understand that you are still bitter, its ok little buddy……

  4. timh1955 says: Sep 21, 2013 7:52 AM

    ghaney61 there is absolutely nothing in my post that would indicate I am a an OU fan as I think they are anther overrated team every year. You are another typical BSU fan that lives off a game (OU) that happened several seven years ago. This is 2013 NOT 2007!

  5. jgater1981 says: Sep 21, 2013 9:20 AM

    Mr. G took the words out of my mouth. I assumed Timmy was an OU fan too. Do you realize that college teams have a completely different roster every four years or so? Your comment is kind of silly.

  6. patschuster7106 says: Sep 21, 2013 9:27 AM

    Reblogged this on Schu Report.

  7. mrsmell says: Sep 21, 2013 10:45 AM

    BSU has lost some serious talent on Defense. I didnt think they were this bad. Two plays that killed BSU early in the game was the Southwick INT and that stupid attempt at 2 pts.
    Great game overall, reminded me of madden, the middle is always good. Note to both defenses, play-action only works if the opposition can run the ball.

  8. boisehockeyref says: Sep 21, 2013 12:22 PM

    Let the hate flow, Timh1955…let the hate flow….and, please keep reminding everyone that out side of the BCS conferences that every football team is crap…whatever. So what? They lost. Not the end of the world.

  9. mrlaloosh says: Sep 21, 2013 12:22 PM

    I pity the poor BCS bowl that would be stuck with Fresno State. Record low attendance and TV ratings.

  10. billbird2111 says: Sep 21, 2013 12:23 PM

    We finally mashed us some Spuds. It’s been a long time coming for the Bulldogs, but we finally got it done.

    Somewhere, Jim Sweeney is smiling.

  11. detroit20iron says: Sep 21, 2013 1:32 PM

    Go Dawgs!

  12. sssjim7 says: Sep 21, 2013 2:45 PM

    Wyoming will have a good shot at taking out all three of them this year during the regular season… (BSU, USU and FS) – don’t count them out yet…

    Just my .02

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