Palo Alto High graduate Davante Adams had a career-high day, but it went for naught as his Fresno State football team saw its perfect season end in a wild 62-52 loss to host San Jose State on Friday at Spartan Stadium.
Adams had 13 catches for 264 yards and three touchdowns that all came in the first quarter. He now has 22 touchdown catches on the season, which marks the 11th time in FBS history that a receiver caught 20 or more touchdowns in a season.
His 200-plus yard game was also his third of the season, setting a Mountain West record.
"It's rough, when you have the type of season we were having -- we are having -- it's rough but we still got bigger goals ahead of us," Adams said. "Obviously coming into the season our goal was to win the conference championship, so we still got that ahead of us and we just got to get back to the drawing and fix everything that we had."
Nationally No. 16-ranked Fresno State came into the game with a 10-0 record, but the Spartans' David Fales threw for a Mountain West record 547 yards and six touchdowns.
"It hurts tremendously. Our guys each week I thought were prepared and I thought went into this one with a great game plan," head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "You got to hand it to San Jose State, we got some things to work on, but it hurts for the fact that it was in our grasp but we let it go."
The Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1 MW), who had clinched the West Division of the league last week, will play in the first-ever Mountain West championship game on Dec. 7 at the site of the highest-ranked BCS team. That will be finalized on Sunday.
San Jose State (6-6, 5-3 MW) used 736 yards of offense to defeat Fresno State and become bowl eligible.
"We couldn't find a way to stop their quarterback or receivers," DeRuyter said. "They had a good plan against us, we couldn't pressure them, [Fales found the holes in our coverage and we got to do a better job with that."
The Bulldogs' offense put up 41 points in the first half on six touchdown passes from quarterback Derek Carr, but failed to maintain pace with SJS in the second half.
With the Bulldogs trailing 59-44 and under 10 minutes to go in the game, Carr was picked off for the first time in 306 pass attempts and San Jose State made the 'Dogs pay.
Carr finished with 519 yards passing, completing 38-of-50 passes with six touchdowns. He now has 13 TD passes in his last two games and 45 total on the year, which has set a new Mountain West record and is one off the school record held by his brother David.
This was San Jose State's first win over a ranked opponent since 2000.
The two teams combined for a league-record 83 points in the first half and 1,006 yards of offense in the first two quarters. Fresno State finished the game with 646 yards of offense and with SJS's total, there was 1,382 yards of offense on the day.
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