Derek Carr

Fresno State launches Heisman campaign for Derek Carr


Fresno State announced Saturday the launch of its website to promote the Bulldogs’ Heisman Trophy candidate, Derek Carr.

The nifty website features highlight videos, photos, stats, story lines, records and also a look into his personal life. Social media sites on Twitter (@DC4Heisman) and Facebook ( were also launched on his behalf.

Carr has led the Bulldogs into the national rankings at No. 25 for the first time since 2008. He currently has 145 consecutive passes without throwing an interception and has a career touchdown-to-interception ratio of 75-to-17. He leads all active FBS quarterbacks by throwing for a touchdown in 23 consecutive games.

In three games he is throwing for 373.3 yards per game and has 12 touchdown passes against one interception.

“I think his value to our team is as high as anybody in the country in their value to their team,” head coach Tim DeRuyter said. “The guy’s a winner, it doesn’t matter what the score is, he’s going to find a way to win the football game. He’s got a lot of talent, but he’s got a lot more heart.”

Carr is also on board the campaign.

“To me, I’m all for it because it’s great for our program, it’s great for recruiting and all that stuff so if it can bring great recruits here and help out this program I’m all for it,” Carr said of launching the campaign. “No one puts more pressure on me than myself. The thing that keeps me grounded through all this is first and foremost my faith. I know who I am as a person, I don’t get caught up in the Heisman, I don’t get caught up in the BCS bowls, I don’t get caught up in that stuff.

If all goes according to plan, Carr wouldn’t be the first in his family to have an impact on a Heisman race. His older brother, David, was a finalist for the trophy, finishing fifth in 2001.

But can the younger Carr make an impact as well? I think if he leads hit team to an undefeated season while producing stellar numbers, he has a chance to make it to New York. It does hurt that there are no quality opponents left on his schedule. His brother used wins over Colorado, Oregon State and Wisconsin to make a name for himself in 2001. Carr will have to rely on incredible numbers and his campaign to get the word out about his talents.

Brian Kelly’s decisions see No. 6 Notre Dame fall two points shy of No. 12 Clemson

Brian Kelly

No. 12 Clemson (4-0, 1-0 ACC) seemed to have No. 6 Notre Dame under firm control as the rain came down Saturday night. A sure win, with Clemson leading the visiting Irish 21-3 in the fourth quarter, nearly washed away, but the Irish rally fell two points shy. Clemson stuffed a two-point conversion attempt by Notre Dame with seven seconds to play to preserve a 24-22 victory in the rain.

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson struggled to get a  grip on the football and completed just 11 of his 22 pass attempts for 97 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His counterpart, freshman DeShone Kizer, had a much better day through the wet air after a sluggish start. Kizer ended the game with 321 passing yards and two touchdowns in leading the Irish rally from 21-3. Watson did add 93 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown to remind those watching just how effective he can be as a dual-threat.

Clemson’s offense got stuck in the mud after going up 21-3 in the third quarter, but the defense managed to hold on for the win. It was not easy, but forcing four turnovers helped. None may have been more critical than a forced fumble by Jayron Kearse on Notre Dame’s Chris Brown as the receiver was moving inside the five-yard line on a drive that looked to be reaching the end zone for Notre Dame. B.J. Goodson came away from the pile with his hands on the football, but Clemson’s offense would go three-and-out to give the Irish one last chance in great field position. It nearly paid off.

There were two decisions by Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly worth second-guessing that may have cost Notre Dame a win, or at least a chance to do something in overtime. Both occurred in the fourth quarter and involved two-point conversion attempts.

Notre Dame had a chance to make it a seven-point game early in the fourth quarter. After C.J. Prosise managed to stay in the field of play down the right sideline for a 56-yard touchdown pass, Kelly opted to go for two points instead of kicking the extra point. Had Notre Dame kicked the extra point, the Irish would have been down 11 points. Instead, after a failed conversion attempt, the Irish were down 12 points. As it turned out, had Notre Dame kicked the extra point, that would have put Notre Dame just one point away from tying Clemson in the final 10 seconds.

Speaking of that last Irish touchdown, Notre Dame obviously needed to go for the two-point conversion to force a tie game. The call was to run the football, and the ball was kept in the hands of Kizer. Kizer did end the game as Notre Dame’s leading rusher, but he had little room and no ability to make any push as the line collapsed on him. Prosise carrying the football may have been too obvious to fool Clemson’s defense must have been the logic in that situation. But this situation never had to happen in the first place.

Behind Kyle Allen, A&M joins LSU atop SEC West with win. vs. Miss. St.

COLLEGE STATION, TX - OCTOBER 03: Kyle Allen #10 of the Texas A&M Aggies avoids the tackle of Beniquez Brown #42 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs and throws a touchdown pass in the first quarter on October 3, 2015 at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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Prior to the start of the 2015 season, most prognosticators had the SEC West coming down to either Alabama or Auburn.  Five weeks into the season, neither of those teams sit at the top of the divisional heap.

With Kyle Allen triggering the offense and John Chavis orchestrating a virtuoso defensive performance, No. 14 Texas A&M had little trouble dispatching No. 21 Mississippi State in a 30-17 win that, for whatever reason, seemed much easier than the score makes it look.  The 5-0 Aggies carried a 24-10 lead into halftime, and the 3-2 Bulldogs could only get as close as 10 points, 27-17, early in the fourth quarter on a Dak Prescott touchdown run.

As was the case in the first half, the true sophomore Allen was a big reason for the Aggies success.

Allen accounted for a career-high 385 yards of total offense, 322 passing and 63 rushing.  The passing yardage is second only to the 358 he put up in last Saturday’s win over Arkansas, while the rushing yards are the most of his young career.

Tra Carson added 109 yards rushing and a touchdown to supplement the passing game.

The Bulldogs were able to move the ball in the second half — 233 yards in the last two quarters, compared to 173 in the first two — but could never mount much of a scoring threat outside of Prescott’s run that capped a 10-play, 68-yard drive.  Prescott finished with more than 300 yards of offense, 210 passing and 96 rushing.

With the win. A&M moves to 2-0 in SEC play.  LSU, also at 2-0, is the only other undefeated team in league play in the West.  After a bye weekend, A&M will have its hands full the next two games as it hosts Alabama and travel to Oxford to face Ole Miss.