Palo Alto High grad Davante Adams had a great debut season with the Fresno State football last season. His second year with the Bulldogs may be even better.
Adams got his 2013 campaign under way by catching 14 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns in a wild 52-51 overtime victory over visiting Rutgers on Thursday night.
Adams now has a TD catch in nine straight games, going back to last season. That sets a school record and is the longest active streak in the nation.
Fresno State gained 551 yards of offense, 470 of that off of the arm of senior quarterback Derek Carr. He set Mountain West and school records by completing 53-of-74 passes for 470 yards and five touchdowns, 41 of his completions going to his big three receivers -- Adams, Isaiah Burse and Josh Harper.
Carr hit Greg Watson on the first play of overtime and the Bulldogs stopped a two-point conversion from Rutgers to hang on and win a wacky-and-wild season opener. There were 170 plays in the game that lasted four hours and 26 minutes. There were 10 lead changes and two ties, with seven of those lead changes and both ties coming after halftime.
"It was a 15-round fight, both heavyweights were throwing haymakers and landing them," said Fresno state head coach Tim DeRuyter. "I was just happy that we got up every single time, just like Rutgers and give those guys credit they got up every single time we landed one on them and luckily we got the last shot in and made the last play."
Carr's completions and attempts were the most ever against a Rutgers team and his passing yardage tied for the most the Scarlet Knight had given up in 144 years of football.
The Bulldogs survived three turnovers, including two fumbles in the fourth quarter when they held a 35-31 lead.
Rutgers took a 45-38 lead with 1:18 left in regulation, but Fresno State's Dillon Root returned the ensuing kickoff 56 yards to the Scarlet Knights' 40-yard line. Carr got the Bulldogs into the end zone four plays later with a two-yard TD pass to Harper with 38 seconds left on the clock.
Rutgers missed a 43-yard field-goal attempt with seconds to play, sending the game to overtime.
In addition to Adams' outstanding effort, Harper had a career-high 13 catches and two score while Burse finished with a career-high 13 catches for 118 yards. This was the first time in school history that three Bulldogs had 10 or more catches in the same game.
Carr finished the game five completions shy of the NCAA single-game record. His 74 attempts were 10 off the record.