Fresno State Bulldogs players celebrate following a fourth down stop in overtime against the San Diego State Aztecs at Qualcomm Stadium. Fresno State won 35-28 in overtime. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Aztecs be nimble, Aztecs be quick, but the Aztecs just couldn’t get over the candlestick as No. 17 Fresno State stands tall in OT to stave off an upset that would have dropped the Bulldogs right out of the Top 25 as quick as you could blow out a candle.
Fresno State (7-0, 4-0) was the victim of two blitzkrieg TD’s by San Diego State (3-4, 2-1) in the final 8 minutes Saturday night at Quailcomm Stadium as their 14 point 4th quarter lead was erased in a matter of three minutes.
SDSU’s Aaron Boesch punched in a 1-yard run with 8:54 left in the game followed minutes later by a Chad Young 27-yard run to tie the game at 28 and force OT.
Fresno State’s nasty D prevailed in the end as Quinn Kaehler’s 4th down pass fell short at the 1 on 4th down of SDSU’s first possession in OT.
Derek Carr threw for 298 yards and 2 TD’s for the 17th ranked Bulldogs. Fresno State came into Saturday’s game averaging 45.8 points-per-game, 5th in the nation and were held to 35 by San Diego State who are 99th in points against.
Ezell Ruffin caught 10 passes for 181 yards and Adam Muema ran for 111 and 2 TD’s. Quinn Kaehler threw for 337 yards and one INT. The offensive production for San Diego State just wasn’t enough to out-gun Fresno State.
For at least another week Fresno State will remain in the hunt for a non-AQ bid into the mighty BCS and now hold soul possession of first place in the West Division of the Mountain West Conference. The Bulldogs will host Nevada on November 2 while San Diego State will try and hold onto a tie for second in the West Divison with UNLV and San Jose State at home against New Mexico on November 2.
OTHER IMPORTANT GAMES IN THE MOUTAIN WEST
San Jose State (4-3, 3-1) scored 22 points in the 3rd quarter to beat Wyoming 4-4, 2-2) 51-44 and UNLV (5-3, 3-1) rallied late at Nevada to top the Nevada Wolfpack (3-5, 2-3) 27-22 to move within one win of bowl eligabilty for the first time since 2003.