Fresno State Bulldogs Bounce Back To Win Mountain West

By Nick Schaeflein

On their home field, the Fresno State Bulldogs won the Mountain West Championship over the Utah State Aggies on Saturday night. It is Fresno State’s first outright conference title since 1991, and they had to withstand a forth-quarter Aggie comeback to seal the deal.

Derek Carr was the story once again for the Bulldogs as he threw for over 400 yards and three touchdowns. On the season, Carr has over 4800 yards passing and 48 touchdown passes, leading the nation in both categories. As the senior quarterback now prepares for a bowl game, will Carr also receive an invite to the Heisman Trophy ceremony with the stats he has put up this year?

For Fresno State, the win is somewhat bittersweet after what they potentially lost last week. It was just a week ago when the Bulldogs were undefeated and on the verge of a potential spot in the BCS for the first time in school history. By losing last week, any BCS hopes were eliminated along with a huge payday for the school. Now the Bulldogs figure to be going to the Las Vegas Bowl, which is reserved for the MWC no. 1 team.

The Las Vegas Bowl will be the second bowl game played on December 21, a far cry from any BCS festivities. Bulldog fans should be happy for a conference championship and a terrific season, but up until last week, sights were set much higher then a trip to Vegas. However, spending the holiday on the strip could have its perks.

In the big picture for Carr, how ironic would it be if he is drafted by the Houston Texans come May? That possibility would be a great Vegas prop bet in a few months. Houston could be in the market for a quarterback after this season, and Carr’s skills could translate to the next level. Why not spend a third-round pick on the brother of the franchise’s first-ever pick in team history?

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