From a pregame ceremony honoring Derek Carr and the rest of the senior class to a record-setting offensive performance that led to a division championship, it was a celebratory day for No. 15-ranked
Carr threw for 527 yards and a school-record seven touchdowns in his final regular-season home game to help the Bulldogs clinch a spot in the
"I couldn't have scripted it better," Carr said. "It was fun."
Davante Adams had nine catches for 246 yards and four touchdowns and Josh Harper had 10 receptions for 161 and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs (10-0 overall, 7-0 Mountain West play) gained a school-record 820 yards and clinched first place in the West Division. The Bulldogs will likely play host to the conference championship game Dec. 7 as long as they remain ahead of the Mountain Division winner in the
"It was just the perfect storm of our offense really could not control the clock," Coach Bob Davie said. "You keep putting anybody out there against that quarterback and those receivers, it's just a matter of time. Whoever Fresno plays, if the other team can't control the ball, they're going to have a hard time matching up."
Fresno State scored touchdowns on five of its first six possessions to turn senior day into a daylong celebration that started with a ceremony for the departing players and ended with a division championship as the Bulldogs opened 10-0 for the first time since 1989.
Carr threw two 59-yard touchdown passes in the third quarter to give him 100 for his career. The first went to Adams and the second to Harper. That made Carr the 18th player in FBS history with at least 100 career touchdown passes and 10,000 yards passing.
"He's as good as there is in the country," Coach Tim DeRuyter said. "That's why I think it's very well-deserved that he should be in the Heisman discussion. He's led us to a 10-0 record which is the most important thing for a quarterback. Statistically he's got to be up there with anybody in the country."
Carr connected once more with each Adams and Harper in the third quarter to set the school single-game mark for touchdown passes. The previous record was held by his brother, David, and Bill Yancy.
"Nothing really amazes me at this point with him," Adams said. "I'm so used to him making crazy plays and having numbers like this in the game. It's kind of the norm."