San Jose ends Fresno State hopes in score-fest
SAN JOSE, California (AP) — San Jose ended Fresno State’s run toward a possible college football championship by beating the Bulldogs 62-52 on Friday, with David Fales passing for 543 yards and six touchdowns in the score-fest.
In the day’s other games involving ranked teams, Oregon beat Oregon State by a point in a thrilling clash of state rivals, Louisiana State also had a tense win over Arkansas and Central Florida also won a tight one against South Florida.
San Jose quarterback Fales was every bit as good as Fresno State’s more heralded Derek Carr, matching his six first-half touchdown passes in a near perfect performance that made the Spartans eligible for a bowl appearance by beating a ranked opponent for the first time in 13 years.
Carr threw for 519 yards and six touchdowns, but threw a fourth-quarter interception for the Bulldogs, who lost for the first time this season, ending their chances to beat out Northern Illinois for a spot in a prestigious BCS game.
The Bulldogs will still play in the Mountain West title game next week against either Utah State or Boise State but had their chances at a big bowl payoff done in by a porous defense.
Oregon’s Marcus Mariota threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Josh Huff with 29 seconds left to seal a 36-35 win over Oregon State in the 117th edition of the rivalry.
Mariota threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns — all to Huff, who had nine catches for a season-high 186 yards — and the Ducks sealed their sixth straight 10-win season. It was also the team’s sixth straight victory over the Beavers in the series.
With the Ducks holding a 24-23 lead, the Beavers scored on Sean Mannion’s 4-yard pass to Tyler Anderson to pull in front 29-24 early in the fourth quarter. But Oregon answered with Mariota’s fourth-and-11 pass to Huff for a 12-yard touchdown and the Ducks took a 30-29 lead with 7:56 left in the game.
Victor Bolden ran for a 25-yard touchdown to make it 35-30 for the Beavers with 1:38 remaining, but Oregon State’s defense couldn’t stop the Ducks on their final drive.
Louisiana State’s backup quarterback Anthony Jennings lofted a 49-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural with 1:15 left to give the Tigers a 31-27 win over Arkansas.
Jennings entered the game after Zach Mettenberger hurt his left leg in the fourth quarter, and the game came down to whether he could drive the Tigers 99 yards in the final 3 minutes.
He responded with a pair of clutch first-down passes and a 21-yard scramble to set up his winning scoring strike.
Jennings’ heroics extended the Razorbacks’ school-record losing streak to nine games.
Central Florida’s Breshad Perriman scored on a 52-yard touchdown pass from Blake Bortles with 4:50 left in the fourth quarter to give the Knights a 23-20 win over South Florida, keeping them course for a conference title and potential bowl championship.
UCF committed five turnovers but still secured a win that guaranteed at least a share of the American Athletic Conference title. A victory against Southern Methodist next week will give it the title outright and the Knights’ first bid to claim the national title.
The Bulls had a final chance to win but Jordan Ozerities intercepted Mike White’s pass and returned 52 yards with 1:20 left in the game to seal the win.