For the second consecutive season, Boise State football will finish the regular seasons with at least two losses. The Broncos (2-2, 1-1) fell to Mountain West Conference opponent Fresno State, 41-40, for their second loss in the first four weeks of the
For the first time ever, a member of the Carr family has beaten the Broncos.
Senior quarterback Derek Carr (2009-13), brother of former Bulldog and NFL quarterback David Carr (1997-2001), is the first Fresno State quarterback to beat Boise State since 2005.
“I hugged my brother and told him, ‘this one is for you,’” Derek Carr told ESPN following the game.
Boise State second-string freshman running back Aaron Baltazar led Bronco rushers with 92 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Redshirt senior quarterback Joe Southwick threw for 313 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception.
Fresno State’s free-throwing offense went to the air 60 times in the win; with Carr completing 39 passes for 460 yards and four touchdowns.
“We made too many errors just across the board. We can point the finger a lot of different directions,” Petersen said. “We have to execute. When you’re playing a good team, you can’t just play hard.”
Down eight to the Bulldogs, Baltazar rushed for a two-yard touchdown, but the Broncos failed to convert the two-point conversion.
The Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0) led until 7:04 left in the fourth quarter, until Southwick rushed for touchdown from the one-yard line. Boise State junior wide receiver Matt Miller then completed a pass to redshirt sophomore tight end Jake Hardee for the two-point conversion.
Down six points, Fresno State marched 87 yards on a 13-play drive to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Josh Quezada to give the Bulldogs a 41-40 lead. Boise State failed to convert on fourth down to end their final drive.
Since upsetting Fresno State 35-30 in 2001 – who were led by future number one NFL Draft pick David Carr – Boise State has dominated the Milk Can rivalry. The Broncos had defeated the Bulldogs in 11 of the next 12 ensuing match ups.
Boise State enters their next home match up with Southern Miss. The Broncos hold two losses before Week 5 for the first time since 2005, when they dropped their first two games to Georgia and Oregon State.