I-A College Football
      === Fresno State tops Utah State for Mountain West title ===
 Fresno,  CA  (SportsNetwork.com) - Although it  saw its BCS hopes shattered on
 Black Friday, Fresno State still had plenty to play for Saturday.
 A  resounding turnaround  from their  defense has  the Bulldogs  holding their
 first outright conference trophy in more than two decades.
 Derek Carr threw three touchdown passes and the Bulldogs tallied nine sacks as
 No.  24 Fresno  State defeated Utah State 24-17 in the inaugural Mountain West
 Championship game on Saturday night.
 After surrendering 736 yards of total offense to San Jose State in their 62-52
 loss, the Bulldogs (11-1) allowed just 304 total yards in this one.
 Trailing  24-17 with less than two minutes remaining, the Aggies (8-5) stuffed
 Josh  Quezada on a 4th-and-4 to get the ball back, but Dalen Jones intercepted
 Craig  Harrison  five  plays  later  to seal  Fresno  State's  first  outright
 conference title since 1989.
 Carr  broke older  brother  David's single-season  school  mark for  touchdown
 passes (46) and passing yards (4,839).
 Carr  also  extended his streak  of tossing  at least one  TD pass to 32 games
 --  the  longest active  stretch in  the country  -- and  was 36-of-53 for 404
 yards with two  interceptions for Fresno State, which shared the Mountain West
 title with Boise State and San Diego State last year.
 As the MWC champs, the Bulldogs will play in the Las Vegas Bowl.
 Isaiah  Burse  had 17 receptions for  132 yards and a touchdown, while Davante
 Adams hauled in nine passes for 168 yards and a score in the triumph.
 Ronald  Butler caught  five balls  for  145 yards  for Utah  State and  Darell
 Garretson  completed 12-of-26 passes for 198 yards with an interception before
 exiting early in the fourth quarter with an apparent left shoulder injury.
 The   Aggies  were  unable  to  take  advantage  of  a  pair  of  Brian  Suite
 interceptions  in  the third  quarter and  were down 24-7  after Carr capped a
 13-play, 59-yard drive with a 3-yard TD pass to Adams.
 Garretson  hit  Travis Van Leeuwen  for a 7-yard  completion on a 4th-and-4 on
 Utah  State's  ensuing sequence, but exited  later on in the march. Garretson,
 who took over for Chuckie Keeton after he suffered a season-ending knee injury
 on  Oct.  5, exited after taking  a big hit on  his left shoulder on a sack by
 Harrison  came on  to  play  quarterback and  faced  with  a 2nd-and-16,  Utah
 State  got a  fresh  set of  downs  after Fresno  State's  Karl Mickelsen  was
 whistled  for a facemask penalty. Bruce Natson sprinted in for a 10-yard score
 a play later.
 The  Aggies recovered  an onsides kick on  the ensuing kickoff, which led to a
 20-yard Nick Diaz field goal to whittle the deficit to 24-17 with 9:00 to go.
 Earlier, Colin McGuire booted through a 30-yard field goal for the lone points
 in the opening frame.
 Carr  found a  wide-open Marcel Jensen for  a 3-yard score early in the second
 and Carr flipped a 9-yard TD pass to Burse on a quick screen in the right flat
 to cap Fresno State's ensuing trek and make it 17-0.
 Later,  after  Diaz missed  a 42-yard  field goal  with less  than a minute to
 go  in the half,  Carr completed a 13-yard pass to Aaron Peck, found Burse for
 an  18-yard completion and then hooked up with Peck again for 18 yards to take
 the Bulldogs down to the Utah State 11.
 Marteze  Waller,  though, fumbled  on the  next snap and  Jake Doughty went 86
 yards the other way on the final play of the half.
                                   Game Notes
 Fresno  State was 6-of-15 on third down, while Utah State finished 4-of-16 ...
 The  Bulldogs had 460 total yards ... Quezada carried the ball 22 times for 51
 12/08 03:32:44 ET

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