Nevada at Fresno State

Carr leads No. 16 Fresno St. past Nevada wire reports

FRESNO, Calif. -- Derek Carr threw for 487 yards to break the Fresno State career passing record and lead the 16th-ranked Bulldogs to eight straight wins to open the season for the first time since 1989 with a 41-23 victory over Nevada on Saturday night.

Carr threw three touchdown passes and ran for another to lead the way for the Bulldogs (8-0, 5-0 Mountain West).

Josh Harper had 17 catches for 254 yards and two touchdowns and Josh Quezada ran for 115 yards to move Fresno State to 8-0 for the fifth time in school history and keep the Bulldogs in the running to make a BCS bowl game for the first time ever.

Kendall Brock scored on a 43-yard run on the opening possession for the Wolf Pack (3-6, 2-4), who have lost four straight games in a season for the first time since 2001. Cody Fajardo threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns.

Carr delighted the second straight sellout crowd at Bulldog Stadium with his 12th career 400-yard passing game but Fresno State had to sweat out another tight game in the fourth quarter. The lead wasn't safe until Colin McGuire kicked his second field goal of the game with 5:32 left to make it 34-23.

Carr then broke Kevin Sweeney's career record with a 27-yard pass to Harper in the closing minutes, giving him 10,821 yards passing in his career. Marteze Walker ran it in on the next play for the exclamation point on the victory.

The Bulldogs are ranked 16th in the BCS standings. To automatically qualify for a BCS bowl, they need to be the highest-ranked team from a non-automatic qualifying conference and finish in the top 12 of the BCS standings. They also can qualify if they are in the top 16 and finish ahead of a champion from an automatic-qualifying conference.

The Wolf Pack fought back from a 24-7 halftime deficit with two scores in the third quarter, getting a field goal from Brent Zuzo and then a touchdown after going 60 yards in two plays following a fourth-down stop. Fajardo ran 47 yards on the first play and then threw a 13-yard TD pass to Brandon Wimberly. The extra point was blocked by Nikko Motta, keeping the score 24-16 heading into the fourth.

The teams traded touchdown passes early in the fourth quarter with Carr and Harper connecting on a 32-yarder for the Bulldogs. The Wolf Pack answered with a 32-yarder from Fajardo to Hassan Henderson that made it 31-23 after Charles Garrett ripped the ball out of Davante Adams' hands for a fumble.

Nevada won the coin toss and opted to take the ball to start the game and it paid off when Brock capped the opening drive with a burst up the middle that made it 7-0. The Wolf Pack managed just 68 yards and two first downs the rest of the first half and trailed 24-7.

Fresno State responded to the opening score quickly. Carr completed a 57-yard pass to Harper on the first play from scrimmage after throwing a lateral to Isaiah Burse and then getting it back on a second lateral. That set up a 5-yard TD pass to Adams.

Carr later scored on a 5-yard run after a converting a fourth-and-6 with a 28-yard pass to Adams. The Bulldogs capitalized all game on short crossing passes like that one to Adams as their talented group of receivers piled up yards after the catch.

McGuire added a 30-yard field goal that made it 17-7. Carr and Harper connected on a 17-yard score on another short crossing pattern in the final minute after the Bulldogs got a first down with the benefit of a replay review.

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Scoring Summary
NEVADAKendall Brock 43 yd run (Brent Zuzo kick)
FRESNODavante Adams 5 yd pass from Derek Carr (Colin McGuire kick)
FRESNODerek Carr 5 yd run (Colin McGuire kick)
FRESNOColin McGuire 30 yd FG
FRESNOJosh Harper 17 yd pass from Derek Carr (Colin McGuire kick)
NEVADABrent Zuzo 33 yd FG
NEVADABrandon Wimberly 13 yd pass from Cody Fajardo (blocked XP)
FRESNOJosh Harper 32 yd pass from Derek Carr (Colin McGuire kick)
NEVADAHasaan Henderson 32 yd pass from Cody Fajardo (Brent Zuzo kick)
FRESNOColin McGuire 40 yd FG
FRESNOMarteze Waller 3 yd run (Colin McGuire kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1732
Third Down Efficiency4-167-15
Fourth Down Efficiency1-21-4
Plays-Net Yards66-42488-647
Passing Yds206487
Kick Return Yds9380
Punt Return Yds05
Time of Poss.32:2427:36
Individual Stats
NEVADA: Cody Fajardo 17-98, Kendall Brock 16-94, Don Jackson 5-19, Chris Solomon 3-8, Team 1--1
FRESNO: Josh Quezada 17-115, Marteze Waller 10-45, Isaiah Burse 1-5, Derek Carr 5--5
NEVADA: Cody Fajardo 14-24-206-1
FRESNO: Derek Carr 39-55-487-0
NEVADA: Brandon Wimberly 6-74, Hasaan Henderson 5-82, Aaron Bradley 2-44, Jarred Gipson 1-6
FRESNO: Josh Harper 17-253, Davante Adams 8-84, Josh Quezada 5-40, Isaiah Burse 4-58, Marteze Waller 3-22, Marcel Jensen 1-23, Greg Watson 1-7
Nevada3rd Mountain West West3-55-7
Fresno State6th Mountain West West0-81-11

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