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By Henry A. Barrios / The CalifornianFresno State's QB Derek Carr gets protection in the 1st half in their game against San Diego State.
BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
FRESNO -- Derek Carr etched his name deep into the Fresno State record books Saturday night, breaking the school record for total offense in a 52-40 victory over San Diego State at Bulldog Stadium.
Carr, a Bakersfield Christian product, set the record with 536 passing yards -- which tied the school passing record -- and 43 rushing yards for a total of 579. He also threw for five touchdowns on the night.
Fresno State (3-2, 1-0 Mountain West Conference) once trailed 21-7, but scored 27 consecutive points in the second quarter to take a 36-27 lead at halftime. The Aztecs (2-3, 0-1) re-took the lead, 36-34, when Leon McFadden intercepted Carr at the 4-yard line and took it 96 yards the other way for a touchdown.
Undeterred, Carr completed 5 of 6 passes on the next drive for 78 yards, the last a 31-yard touchdown strike to Isaiah Burse.
Carr's passing total tied Dave Telford's mark of 536 yards, set at Pacific in 1987. But Telford had only 12 rushing yards that day for a total of 548.
Second place on the previous passing list was none other than Derek's older brother, David Carr, who threw for 531 against Michigan State in 2001.
Three Fresno State receivers eclipsed 100 yards: 120 from Josh Harper, 102 from Davante Adams and 100 from Rashad Evans, who caught three touchdown passes in his return from academic suspension.
Not to be out-done by his fellow Bakersfield product, Bakersfield High graduate Phillip Thomas, a senior safety, intercepted two San Diego State passes. Thomas has five interceptions on the season, best in the nation.
Highland graduate Patrick Su'a also made six tackles, including a sack, and recovered a fumble.
But the story was Carr and the Bulldogs' quick-strike offense.
In the Bulldogs' first Mountain West Conference game, Carr also set the school and conference record for completions, with 42.
Carr's previous career high in passing yards was 391, set last year in a loss at New Mexico State. He surpassed that total early in the third quarter Saturday. After three quarters, Carr had 498 yards and seemed destined to completely rewrite the record books.
But with Fresno State leading, the Bulldogs went conservative in the fourth. Carr was still stuck on 527 when Fresno State started a drive with 5:03 left. After two short runs, he hit Harper on a short out pattern. Harper stepped out of bounds with a 9-yard gain, enough to tie the passing record but not quite enough to break it.
No. 3 LSU 38, Towson 22
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Zach Mettenberger connected with Odell Beckham Jr. five times for 128 yards and two touchdowns, and LSU overcame nagging offensive sloppiness.
No. 4 Florida State 30, South Florida 17
TAMPA, Fla. -- EJ Manuel threw for 242 yards and a TD, helping Florida State remain unbeaten. The Seminoles survived their first road test of the season by pulling away from a three-point lead with two TDs and a field goal in the final 5:09 of the third quarter.
No. 5 Georgia 51, Tennessee 44
ATHENS, Ga. -- Todd Gurley ran for three touchdowns and Keith Marshall added two as Georgia recovered after blowing a 17-point lead. Georgia locked it up with three takeaways in the final 6 minutes. Twice Sanders Commings intercepted Tyler Bray's passes and in between the Tennessee quarterback was stripped from behind and the fumble was recovered by Georgia's John Jenkins.
No. 12 Texas 41, Oklahoma St. 36
STILLWATER, Okla. -- David Ash threw three touchdown passes to Jaxon Shipley and Joe Bergeron scored on a 2-yard run with 29 seconds left to lift Texas. Ash directed the Longhorns on a 75-yard scoring drive after the Cowboys took the lead on Quinn Sharp's 23-yard field goal with 2:34 to play.
No. 14 Ohio State 17, No. 20 Michigan State 16
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Braxton Miller threw for 179 yards and ran for 130, and Urban Meyer won his first Big Ten game as Buckeyes coach. Miller put Ohio State ahead 17-13 with a 63-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith in the third quarter, and the Buckeyes' maligned defense held Le'Veon Bell and the Michigan State running game in check. Meyer becomes the third coach to start 5-0 in his first season at Ohio State. Carol Widdoes did it in 1944, and Earle Bruce in 1979.
No. 15 TCU 24, SMU 16
DALLAS -- Casey Pachall threw two touchdown passes, Jason Verrett had two interceptions and TCU extended its FBS-best winning streak to 12 games. TCU has won 11 of 13 over SMU and regained the Iron Skillet trophy, which goes to the winner of the Dallas-Fort Worth rivalry.
No. 22 Nebraska 30, Wisconsin 27
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Taylor Martinez guided four straight scoring drives against a tiring Wisconsin defense in the second half to lead Nebraska from a 17-point deficit.
No. 24 Boise State 32, New Mexico 29
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Joe Southwick passed for 311 yards and three touchdowns and Timmy Smith knocked down a fourth-down pass with two minutes to go for Boise State. Boise State led by 25 at half time after turning three Lobos' fumbles into 18 points. New Mexico turned two Broncos' second-half fumbles into touchdowns to help close the gap. The Lobos did not throw a pass in the second half until its final play, but baffled the Broncos with their triple-option offense.
Arizona State 27, California 17
BERKELEY -- Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly completed 26 of 45 passes for 292 yards, throwing two touchdowns to Kevin Ozier and one to Darwin Rogers.