Players of the game
Davante Adams: After just 25 yards receiving in the first half, Fresno State wideout caught a pair of touchdowns in the second half.
Ejiro Ederaine: 78-yard fumble return for a TD was the top play of the Bulldogs linebacker's night that also included a pair of sacks.
Marteze Waller: Shrugging off last week's leg injury, Bulldogs RB came up big with five catches -- two in OT -- and the winning 1-yard TD run.
Play of the game
San Diego State ball, fourth-and-4 at the Fresno State 40: Aztecs quarterback Quinn Kaehler scrambles and finds Ezell Ruffin on a pass for an apparent first down. But Ruffin has the ball stripped away as he falls to the turf, and Bulldogs linebacker Ejiro Ederaine picks it up. During the confusion, Ederaine starts running downfield, barely staying in bounds at one point, and returns the fumble 78 yards for a touchdown that puts the Bulldogs ahead 28-14 with 9:51 remaining. A replay ruling confirms the fumble call.
7:30 p.m. Saturday vs. Nevada at Bulldog Stadium: It's the Bulldogs' "Blackout Game" — with players wearing all-black uniforms and helmets for the first time. The Wolf Pack (3-5, 2-3 Mountain West) come in with a streak of eight straight bowl appearances in jeopardy after in-state rival UNLV halted Nevada's eight-game winning streak in their "Battle for the Fremont Cannon" series with a 27-22 victory.
By the numbers
7: Points for the Bulldogs in the first quarter. They came in averaging 14.6 in their games against FBS competition, tied for fourth best in the nation.
15: Incompletions for Derek Carr in the first half, as many or more than he had in entire games against UNLV (15), at Hawaii (14), at Idaho (11) and against Cal Poly (nine).
109: San Diego State's national ranking in pass defense. Carr eventually did close in on 300 yards, finishing with 298.
0: Points for Fresno State on its opening drive, the first time this season that has happened.
2.8: First-half yards per play for the Bulldogs, 111 on 40 plays. They finished with averages of 5.2 (pass) and 2.3 (rush).
6.2: Yards per play for the Bulldogs in their first six games.
27: Career touchdown receptions for Davante Adams, a Fresno State record, after two more Saturday. He was tied with Henry Ellard, Charlie Jones and Bernard Berrian.
-- Fresno State lost top cornerback L.J. Jones to a sprained left knee with 1:17 remaining in the first quarter. He was replaced by redshirt freshman Jamal Ellis. Jones was on crutches and his parents appeared to be with him on the sideline — never a good sign.
-- Sophomore Bo Bonnheim made his first career start at left guard for the Bulldogs in place of sophomore Alex Fifita. Bonnheim played the entire first half.
-- The Bulldogs must've been afraid of San Diego State's return game, or worried about their own coverage. They pooched their first two kickoffs. The Aztecs entered averaging 20 yards on kickoff returns with a long of 35 yards. Fresno State surrenders 26.4 yards per return.
-- Saturday was the first time Fresno State entered halftime tied, with the Bulldogs and Aztecs knotted up at 7-7. The Bulldogs never have trailed at halftime this season.
Derek Carr completed just 15 of 30 passes for 98 yards, the Bulldogs running game generated just 13 yards on 10 carries and Fresno State had just 111 total yards at the half.
San Diego State had 233 total yards, gaining 183 in the air and 50 on the ground. Aztecs quarterback Quinn Kaehler completed 12 of 24 passes for 183 yards. He was sacked twice and threw an interception.
-- Fresno State failed to score on its opening drive for the first time this season. The Bulldogs recorded minus-2 yards, with Carr misfiring on his first four attempts.
Entering Saturday, Fresno State had scored five touchdowns and a field goal on its opening drives while averaging 66.3 yards. Last week, the Bulldogs needed just one play to score — a 75-yard Carr-to-Davante Adams deep ball for a TD.
The Bulldogs kept another streak intact Saturday with a touchdown on their second drive — marking seven straight games in which Fresno State scored first.
-- San Diego State finished with five penalties for 55 yards in the first quarter, two for pass interference. Fresno State was flagged once for 5 yards.
-- Fresno State linebacker Donavon Lewis logged his first career interception when he leaped up and pulled down a Kaehler pass midway through the second quarter.
-- Fresno State CB Curtis Riley got pushed down by San Diego State receiver Ezell Ruffin, who then raced 44 yards to the Bulldogs 10. Two plays later, Adam Muema scored on a 10-yard run to tie it at 7-7. Ruffin is listed at 6 feet, 1 inch and 205 pounds; Riley at 6-0, 190.
-- Fresno State caught a break midway through the second quarter when officials overturned a sack and fumble that would have given San Diego State the ball at the Bulldogs 15. Carr got sacked by Josh Gavert, who picked up the quarterback and slammed him to the ground. But after replay, officials ruled an incomplete pass — with Carr's arm moving forward before he was brought down.
That allowed Fresno State to punt and give the Aztecs the ball instead at their own 5.
-- Fresno State officials estimated about 5,000 Bulldogs fans attended Saturday night's game at Qualcomm Stadium. The university sold all of its 1,500 ticket allotment and also handed out 300 comp tickets (to players' relatives, friends and some boosters).