- All the records and accolades Derek Carr earned became secondary in a sea of red at Bulldog Stadium when fans poured out of the stands to celebrate a long-awaited conference championship. Carr threw for 404 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 24 Fresno State's defense bounced back from a rough performance to help the Bulldogs beat Utah State 24-17 in the inaugural Mountain West title game Saturday night. ''This is a big reason why I came back,'' Carr said. ''I wanted to win an outright championship. Sharing a title was great. As a competitor that wasn't enough. We wanted to come back and finish this thing right.''
Carr was far from his best against the stingy defense from Utah State (8-5), matching his career worst with two interceptions. But it was the much-maligned Fresno State defense that stepped up for a change, giving the Bulldogs (11-1) their first outright conference title since winning the Big West in 1989. One week after being completely overmatched in a 62-52 loss to San Jose State that dashed any hopes of a BCS bid, Fresno State's defense responded with one of its best performances of the season. The Bulldogs had eight sacks, knocked out freshman quarterback Darell Garretson and stopped three fourth-down tries. - AP Sports
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Needs 3,048 passing yards to tie Kevin Sweeney's school record that has stood since 1986 ... holds the Fresno State record for highest career completions percentage at .652 ... named one of 12 Players to Watch in 2013 by the Touchdown Club of Columbus.