San Jose State and Fresno State combined for 1,382 yards of offense and 63 first downs. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Fresno State can kiss its BCS hopes goodbye.
The Bulldogs couldn't survive a shootout with quarterback David Fales and Mountain West rival San Jose State as the Spartans upended No. 16 Fresno State 62-52. The loss likely spoils any hopes the Bulldogs had of crashing a BCS bowl.
Much of Friday's conference clash was a battle between Fales and Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr. Both prolific passers combined for more than 800 yards and 12 touchdowns in the first half of an offensively dominated contest. Carr finished 38-of-50 for 519 yards, six scores and one interception while Fales capped the day 37-of-45 for 547 yards and six touchdowns. It was Fales' first 500-yard passing game of his career as both teams combined for 1,382 yards of offense and 63 first downs.
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Despite the high-octane offense in the first half, both attacks slowed down in the second half. Fresno State managed only a field goal until Josh Quezada's two-yard touchdown run with two minutes to play. Meanwhile San Jose State added 20 more points to keep the Bulldogs at bay, and the Spartans' defense stuffed Carr in the second half. In all Fresno State simply couldn't keep San Jose State off the field. The Spartans held a remarkable advantage on time of possession, holding the ball for 39:23 while the Bulldogs enjoyed only 20:37 of offense.
Now it seems Northern Illinois of the MAC stands as the non-AQ program with the best shot at a BCS berth. The Huskies
were the highest-ranked non-AQ team in last week's BCS rankings at No. 14. With Fresno State out of the picture, Northern Illinois has no true test from any other non-AQ program for a BCS bowl berth. If the Huskies remain ahead of 17th-ranked UCF of the American Athletic Conference, we could be looking at NIU in the BCS for the second straight year.