Derek Carr's record-setting Saturday helped the Fresno State quarterback pick up more national and regional attention.
Carr was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award on Monday, as well as offensive player of the week by CBSSports.com and co-offensive player of the week by the Mountain West Conference.
The honors flowed after Carr completed 39 of 55 passes for 487 yards and three touchdowns in Fresno State's 41-23 win against Nevada.
Carr's last pass, a 27-yard completion to Josh Harper in the fourth quarter, gave him the school career passing record. Carr has 10,821 yards, bumping Kevin Sweeney (10,808) to second. The next morning, Carr said, Sweeney sent him a text.
"Was very classy of him," Carr said. "It said, 'I'm glad if anyone broke it, it was you.' That meant a lot to me."
Carr, who has guided No. 17 Fresno State to its first 8-0 start since 1989, was the only Mountain West player to be named a semifinalist for the O'Brien award, given annually to the nation's best college quarterback.
The senior ranks among the top three nationally in seven major offensive statistical categories, including second with an average of 382.6 passing yards per game and 28 passing touchdowns.
Carr has thrown 183 consecutive passes without an interception and tied a Mountain West record with 21 straight conference games with a touchdown pass. Carr also has the longest active touchdown passing streak in the nation, with at least one in 28 straight games.
The 487 yards Saturday were the most by a Mountain West quarterback this season and seventh-best nationally this year.
Now, if he can keep his own teammates from going overboard.
When the public-address announcer at Bulldog Stadium announced that Carr had set the school's career passing record Saturday night, offensive linemen Austin Wentworth walked toward the senior quarterback and began to bow.
Carr immediately tried to put the kibosh on that method of praise. Ultimately, he couldn't help but smile.
"I told him to stand up: 'Stop doing that,' " Carr said. "He's the typical offensive lineman, messing with me because he knows I'm not like that. It was funny. I laughed."
Carr shared the Mountain West honor with Air Force running back Anthony LaCoste. LaCoste rushed 21 times for 263 yards and three touchdown in a 42-28 win against Army.
Utah State defensive end Kyler Fackrell and San Jose State kicker Austin Lopez earned the conference's weekly defensive and special teams honors, respectively.