It'd been seven years since Fresno State had beaten Boise State. It'd also been seven years since the Bulldogs entered a matchup with the Broncos as the higher ranked team. Now, the 'Dogs are in the drivers seat to host the Mountain West Conference championship game after a thrilling 41-40 win.
Junior running back Josh Quezada scored from one yard out with 2:14 remaining, and then the 'Dog defense knocked a Joe Southwick pass down on 4th down to secure a victory. The first sellout crowd at Bulldog Stadium in five years erupted, and Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter was emotional after the win, saying, "We got guys that have heart...we got guys that have heart. They love each other, they trust each other, they trust our coaches, and they knew we had to make one more play." "I'm just so happy for our guys. You know, seven years, that demon stays in the back of your mind."
Senior quarterback Derek Carr went 39/60 passing, for 460 yards and four touchdowns. Sophomore wide receiver Davante Adams extended the nation's longest touchdown reception streak, with a one yard score in the third quarter to make it 11 straight games he's found the end zone. Junior Josh Harper had just three receptions, but two of them were good for first half touchdowns, and senior Isaiah Burse led all the 'Dog receivers with 148 receiving yards on 10 receptions.
Fresno State is now 3-0 (1-0) and plays next at Hawaii on Saturday, September 28.