Fresno State needs to prove they are a better overall team than Northern Illinois to voters, but the first half of the regular season finale at San Jose State may not be helping them with that cause. So far defense has been optional, and neither team has chosen to play any in the first half. San Jose State holds a 42-41 lead at the half.
Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr has completed 22 of 29 pass attempts for 354 yards and six touchdowns. His counterpart for San Jose State, David Fales, has completed 27 of 32 attempts for 451 yards and six touchdowns. Fresno State receiver Davante Adams leads the Bulldogs with 157 yards and three touchdowns, while Tyler Winston of San Jose State leads all players with 158 yards. San Jose State’s Kyle Nunn (139 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Chandler Jones (115 yards, 3 touchdowns) also have put together 100-yard games after just one half of play.
The teams have combined for 1,006 yards of total offense. Records are going to fall quickly if this pace keeps up in the second half. The question is, has the damage already been done, win or lose, for Fresno State’s BCS argument after being passed by Northern Illinois?