Amazing how quickly a game can turn.
Fresno State looked completely in charge against Utah State, up 17-0 with seconds to play in the first half of the Mountain West Conference title game on Saturday night. The Bulldogs had just driven 57 yards to the Aggies’ 11-yard line with 22 seconds to play in the half and looked to go up 24-0 heading into the locker room. Two plays later, FSU running back Josh Quezada fumbled the ball and Utah State’s Jake Doughty returned it 86 yards for a touchdown.
Suddenly, Fresno State’s lead was 17-7 and the Aggies gained some momentum heading into the third quarter.
Before that fortuitous play, this game was all Bulldogs. Quarterback Derek Carr threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns as FSU put up 341 yards of total offense. The Aggies were held to 152 total yards.
But there is hope. If Utah State quarterback Darrell Garretson can get hot and the Aggies defense can slow down the Bulldogs, USU might have a shot.
Stranger things have happened in conference title games before, right?