Alas, college football is back. And if you happened to miss last night’s opening day showdown between Fresno State and Rutgers, shame on you.
In what could very well be the most exciting win in Fresno State football history, the Bulldogs held off Rutgers in dramatic fashion, stopping the Scarlet Knights on a gutsy 2-point conversion attempt in overtime to end a game that lasted nearly five hours.
Both quarterbacks shined Thursday night, in a game that was dominated by offense. But it was Fresno State’s fifth-year senior quarterback Derek Carr (the brother of David Carr, the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft) who showed why he is considered by many to be this year’s dark-horse Heisman candidate.
Carr completed an astounding 52 of 73 passes for 456 yards and threw for five passing touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to an epic 52-51 victory at home.
“It’s the craziest game I’ve ever been a part of,” Carr told ESPN.
And crazy it was.
After Rutgers kicker Kyle Federico missed a 43-yard field goal that could have sealed the victory for his team in the final play of regulation, Carr took advantage of the opportunity with a 25-yard TD pass to give the ‘Dogs the lead in OT.
Rutgers wasted no time with an answer, as quarterback Gary Nova threw his fifth touchdown pass to bring the Scarlet Knights within one. However, Rutgers coach Kyle Flood elected to go for the win instead of sending the game into second overtime—a move that didn’t quite pan out for his team, as the Bulldogs defense held tough on an unsuccessful 2-pt conversion that sealed the game.