The No. 16 Fresno State Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1 in Mountain West) can kiss any hopes of making a BCS bowl goodbye after suffering a 62-52 upset at the hands the San Jose State Spartans (6-6, 5-3 MW) on Friday.
This was a big win for the Spartans, as they had gone 13 years since beating a Top 25 opponent, per Jimmy Durkin of the San Jose Mercury News.
This will break a 21-game winless streak for #SJSU against top-25 opponents. First since beating No. 9 TCU in 2000.— Jimmy Durkin (@Jimmy_Durkin) November 30, 2013
If you love defense, this wasn't the game for you. The numbers that David Fales and Derek Carr combined for are what you'd expect to see in the newest edition of NCAA Football, rather than something that could actually happen in an FBS game.
It was the second-highest scoring game this season, per ESPN Stats and Info.
The 114 combined points today between San Jose St (62) and Fresno St (52) is the 2nd-highest-scoring FBS game this season.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 30, 2013
Fales got the slight edge of his counterpart, throwing for 547 yards and six touchdowns on 37-of-45 passing. According to Spartan Athletics, Fales set a season best for passing yards from a MW QB in a single game:
Fales 547 yards passing a season best among all QBs in the Mountain West Conference!— Spartan Athletics (@SJSUAthletics) November 30, 2013
Carr, on the other hand, went 38-of-50 for 519 yards, six touchdowns and one interception.
That lone pick proved to be the death knell for the Bulldogs. It came with 10:47 left in the game, and on its next drive, San Jose State got a field goal to go up three scores, 62-44. Even an offense as deadly as Fresno State's couldn't score quickly enough to overcome a deficit that large.
The Bulldogs made things interesting when running back Josh Quezada ran it in from a yard out to make it 62-52. But FSU failed to recover the onside kick, and that was all she wrote.
At halftime, the score was 42-41 in favor of San Jose State, and the record books were under assault. Bryan Fischer of Pac-12 Networks noted how close both QBs were to smashing the existing records, and the two still had an entire half to go.
FBS record for TD passes in a game is 14 (Houston/EWU in ‘90). Fresno State and SJSU have 12. It’s halftime.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) November 29, 2013
For those asking, most yds in an FBS game is 1,640 (SJSU/Nevada ‘01). SJSU/Fresno St at 1,006 at half— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) November 29, 2013
Unfortunately, neither of the existing marks would be bested, as the teams combined for 12 passing touchdowns touchdowns and 1,382 total yards.
All fun aside, this loss carries massive implications for the Bulldogs.
Fresno State was battling with Northern Illinois as this year's BCS buster. One loss all but dooms the Bulldogs to minor bowl purgatory and paves the way for the Huskies to get into the BCS for the second year in a row.
Associated Press reporter Josh Dubow provided Carr's thoughts (via Yahoo! Sports):
''It's hard,'' Carr said. ''Guys are torn up, as well they should be. If you like losing there's something wrong with you.''
''We wanted it bad.If you don't want do your very best, to play in a BCS bowl game then you shouldn't be playing college football. That's what you want to do but it's so hard to do.''
Before the loss, the Bulldogs had already secured the West Division in the Mountain West. If they win the conference championship game, they'll be off to the Las Vegas Bowl. Although Fresno State fans may have some fun in "Sin City," a trip to Vegas offers little solace for those disappointed with missing out on the BCS.