Homecoming was supposed to belong to Derek Carr.
But on another record-setting night for the Fresno State quarterback, receiver Davante Adams managed to grab a co-starring role.
After all, behind every great quarterback in Bulldogs history, there has been a dangerous receiver as his primary target.
Adams caught all four of Carr's touchdown passes while hauling in eight receptions for 221 yards, tying a couple of school receiving records along the way, as No. 17 Fresno State trampled UNLV 38-14 on Saturday before an announced crowd of 37,604 at Bulldog Stadium.
Adams' four touchdowns tied the school single-game record and the 25 he has for his career amid just his sophomore season vaulted him into a share of that record as well.
Carr, of course, did his part as the senior completed 33 of 48 passes for 412 yards and the four TDs.
He passed up Paul Pinegar (2000-05) for the career-passing touchdown record at 86 and also passed Pinegar in completions with 849. Carr remains third in career passing yards, but is closing fast on Pinegar (10,136) and record holder Kevin Sweeney (10,808).
"(Davante) is good and Derek is good throwing," Bulldogs coach Tim DeRuyter said. "Davante has worked really hard. When he's focused, I don't know if there's many people who can cover him one on one. Derek found the matchups.
"Their secondary tried to play physical and that plays to his game. And he just made a bunch of plays."
The Carr-to-Adams combination began right from the start, with the duo connecting on a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage — giving the Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0 Mountain West) a 7-0 lead just 9 seconds in the game.
And it seemed to just keep going and going, with UNLV (4-3, 2-1) electing to single cover Adams most of the night.
At other times, Carr zipped passes toward the sideline for Adams that were too fast for the UNLV safeties to rotate over to provide help.
"Our mindset is: If anyone is going to play us man, we're going to treat it like they're disrespecting us. Even if they're not, that's just our mindset.
"Te loves one-on-one coverage, obviously. And so hopefully, we'll continue to see it."
With the win, Fresno State tied the start of the 2001 Bulldogs team that climbed as high as No. 8 in the national polls and was led by Carr's brother, David.
The Carr brothers hugged after Saturday's game. During the game, Pinegar found Derek Carr on the sideline and congratulated him on breaking his records.
"When the best quarterback to play here is your big brother and you can put both of your names on a book someday, it means a tremendous deal to me," Derek said. "He's not only my big brother and best quarterback to play here, he's my role model. I want to be just like him."
Derek, however, can top his brother one further by leading Fresno State to a win next week against San Diego State (3-3, 2-0), another Mountain West foe.
Fresno State's attempt at a BCS-busting run with David Carr came to a halt after six games. The Bulldogs' current run, however, gained some serious steam this week as seven teams ranked ahead of them lost this week.
It wasn't all about the offense Saturday. The defense did its part, despite failing to come up with a turnover for the first time in 18 games.
The Bulldogs shut out UNLV in the second half and held the Rebels to just 91 total yards and three first downs after halftime.
For the game, UNLV was held to 294 total yards (133 run, 161 pass).
"We tried to really make a point to come out and finish strong," Bulldogs cornerback L.J. Jones said. "Make sure everybody is doing their assignment and on the same page with each other to get a shutout in the second half.
"Even if we don't get a turnover, as long as we're playing for one another as one cohesive unit, we can get away with a 'W.' That's all we really care about."
Fresno State's offense made the defense's job a little easier, closing its first four drives with touchdowns.
Adams was part of three of those scores, with touchdown catches of 75, 28 and 36 yards before halftime.
On Fresno State's first drive of the second half, Carr found Adams again for a 37-yard score.
Adams appeared to be in line to set the school record with his fifth touchdown of the night on a fourth-quarter play, catching a fade-route pass in the end zone. But officials flagged Adams for offensive pass interference to negate the score.
"Every opportunity that I get to catch a touchdown from that guy means a lot to me," Adams said. "It means most to me that it means a lot to him that I was a part of (his record-setting night). That's something that we'll definitely be able to chat about later in life. It was a good moment."
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