FRESNO, Calif. – Derek Carr threw for 460 yards and four touchdowns and led the game-winning drive that helped Fresno State recover from a fourth-quarter collapse and snap a seven-game losing streak to Boise State with a 41-40 victory on Friday night.
Josh Quezada capped a 13-play, 87-yard drive with a 1-yard run with 2:14 remaining that put the Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 Mountain West) back ahead after they had blown a 15-point lead.
Aaron Baltazar had run for two scores and Joe Southwick added another as Boise State (2-2, 1-1) scored three touchdowns in less than 9 minutes to turn a 34-19 deficit into a 40-34 lead with just over 7 minutes left.
But Carr calmly completed 8 of 11 passes on the ensuing drive in front of a sellout crowd before Quezada ran it in for the go-ahead score.
The game was sealed when Jonathan Norton broke up a pass to Kirby Moore on fourth-and-6 near midfield in the final minute setting off a long-awaited celebration.
Josh Harper caught two TD passes, Davonte Adams had another to extend his streak to 11 straight games and Quezada scored twice for the Bulldogs.
The Broncos have dominated the series ever since upsetting then-No. 8 Fresno State and David Carr, Derek’s brother, 35-30 in 2001. Boise State had won 11 of 12 meetings coming into this game with the only loss coming in 2005. Most of the games haven’t even been close with the Broncos outscoring the Bulldogs by more than 30 a game the past seven years. But Carr did just enough to give the Bulldogs the win with help from his defense at the end.
Boise State made uncharacteristic mistakes. Southwick threw an interception deep in Fresno State territory to end a drive in the first half and Jay Ajayi lost a fumble deep in Bulldogs territory after appearing to convert a fourth-and-1 carry.