Since the Fresno State Bulldogs were unable to cap off an undefeated 2013 season in Friday's 62-52 loss to Mountain West adversary San Jose State, Derek Carr's Heisman Trophy hopes are dashed.
To be fair, it had absolutely nothing to do with how Carr played, because he lit it up against a hapless Spartans defense. Carr completed 38 of 50 passes for 519 yards, six touchdowns and only one interception.
All of those scoring tosses came in the first half, which matched the total his counterpart David Fales put up:
It was an extraordinary QB duel between two of the less appreciated, but supremely talented, signal-callers in the country.
Unfortunately, Carr was the one to blink first, throwing an interception to San Jose's Keith Smith in the fourth quarter. The pick halted a peerless streak Carr had going, per CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman:
That led to a clinching Spartans touchdown run by Fales from one yard out, extinguishing Carr's Heisman prospects in the process.
Fales was 37-of-45 passing for 547 yards on top of his seven total touchdowns and also ran for one more yard (33-32) than Carr.
San Jose State was fighting for bowl eligibility in improving to 6-6 and the BCS No. 16 Bulldogs had a perfect record entering Friday's showdown in Spartan Stadium. Thus, there is no chance for Carr to capture college football's most coveted individual award.
Carr was on pace to shatter his career high of touchdown passes in a single game—a mark he set last week with seven TDs in a win over New Mexico—but time of possession was also a critical factor.
The Spartans held the ball for 11:08 in the fourth quarter and 37:49 of the game's 60 total minutes. Between that and a sieve of a Fresno defense, Carr had no margin for error.
This was still an excellent showcase for Carr's arm talent and fortified the notion he's a viable 2014 NFL draft prospect, boosting his season totals to 45 touchdowns and just five interceptions.
But due to the lack of premier competition and the consequent major hit the Bulldogs' stock as a team will take after this loss, any outside shot Carr had at the Heisman went out the window on Friday.