SDSU falls short in OT vs. No. 15 Fresno St

San Diego State didn’t quit. The Aztecs didn’t win, either.

After rallying from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to

tie the score against No. 15 Fresno State, the Aztecs had a chance

to get the victory in the closing seconds. However, Seamus

McMorrow’s 37-yard field-goal attempt barely got off the ground and

was blocked by Marcel Jensen.

”The kick was low,” San Diego State coach Rocky Long said.

”It shouldn’t have been blocked. If he had gotten the ball up, it

wouldn’t have been blocked. (But) I don’t know if it would have

gone through.”

The Bulldogs (7-0, 4-0 Mountain West) then went on to a 35-28

victory in overtime.

The Aztecs looked finished when falling behind 28-14 on Ejiro

Ederaine’s 78-yard fumble recovery with 10:11 remaining.

”I would bet 95 percent of the teams in the country would fold

at that point,” said Long, who didn’t allow his players to comment

after the game. ”Not only did we not fold, we came back and had a

legitimate chance to win the game.”

Marteze Waller’s 1-yard touchdown run on Fresno State’s first

possession in overtime put the Bulldogs ahead. Fresno State held on

for the win when Quinn Kaehler’s fourth-down pass to Dylan Denso

was knocked away by Derron Smith.

Derek Carr finished 35 of 57 for 298 yards passing and two

touchdowns – both in the second half – for the Bulldogs.

Carr said the Aztecs’ play had much to do with his subpar

night.

”You got to give so much credit to their team and coaches,”

Carr said. ”They came out and were very emotional and

physical.”

San Diego State (3-4, 2-1) rallied when Aaron Boesch scored on a

1-yard run with 9:37 to go. Tim Vizzi recovered the ensuing onside

kick and Chad Young’s 27-yard scoring run tied it at 28-all with 7

minutes remaining.

The Aztecs quickly got the ball back when Fresno State went

three-and-out. SDSU converted at the Fresno State 27-yard line on

fourth down with 47 seconds left on Adam Muema’s three-yard run.

The Aztecs advanced the ball to the 20 before McMorrow came on for

the potential game-winning kick.

The Bulldogs earlier extended their lead with a key defensive

play. With San Diego State trailing 21-14, Kaehler completed a pass

to Ezell Ruffin to the Fresno State 21-yard line. However, Jonathan

Norton forced a fumble and Ederaine returned it to extend the lead

to 14 points.

The call of the field was upheld after a long review.

”I think everybody out there thought it was a dead ball,

including them,” Long said.

Ruffin finished with 10 catches for 181 yards, both are career

highs.

Carr got off to a slow start, missing 11 of his first 15 pass

attempts. Then, as he lined up split to the left side as wide

receiver Isaiah Burse took a direct snap and scored on a 10-yard

run to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead with 8:40 to go in the first

quarter.

Muema scored twice to put the Aztecs ahead. His 10-yard TD run

tied the score with 8:43 remaining in the second quarter, and the

go-ahead score came on a 1-yard run with 6 1/2 minutes to go in the

third.

Davante Adams tied the score on an 11-yard scoring reception

about 4 minutes later. His 16-yard reception put the Bulldogs ahead

21-14 with 12 1/2 minutes left in the fourth.

Carr struggled in the first half, completing 15 of 30 passes for

98 yards and no touchdowns. Thanks to his rough half, San Diego

State outgained Fresno State over the first 30 minutes, 233-111.

The Aztecs had more yards rushing (50-13), yards passing (183-98)

and first downs (11-8).

”I thought until the fourth quarter the defense played them

pretty good,” Long said.

Kaehler finished 21 for 39 for 337 yards and no TDs.