While Josh Harper was catching 17 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns in Fresno State's victory over Nevada, Davante Adams was locked start to finish in a wrestling match with cornerback Charles Garrett.
Adams was constantly clawed and grabbed and held and pushed while clawing, grabbing, holding and pushing right back.
And he said he had just as much fun as his teammate, who set a school record for receptions in a game.
"I definitely enjoyed it," said Adams, who caught eight passes for 84 yards and one touchdown. "I've never had a problem with it. It's just a part of football and it's all in good fun."
It probably was not as much fun for Garrett, who was credited with one pass breakup and did manage to pry the ball away from Adams on one play in the fourth quarter.
But the physical play is something that Adams always has enjoyed. In high school, he didn't get much of it, few willing to mount that type of challenge.
"It kind of ticked me off," he said.
But San Diego State tried to get into him a bit, and Nevada took it to another level. On one play in the first quarter, which was nullified by an illegal motion penalty, Adams went to run a fade in the corner of the end zone and Garrett had wrapped him up before the play was blown dead.
"It kind of carried over from last year, because they have a lot of the same guys. I knew what was going to happen -- and it's kind of a thing that happens in most games anyway," Adams said. "You see I have to participate in that -- a lot. But I think if you have a good player, as Nevada does, any way you can take him out of their game, you have to seize any opportunity. I think a lot of the game is mental, so if you can talk a guy out of his game then you can win easier."
The key for Adams and the Bulldogs is that it didn't derail Adams, who over the past four games has caught 44 passes for 577 yards and 10 touchdowns.
"The week before, San Diego State was trying to be physical with him. These guys were physical. It's a way to try to get in a receiver's head -- to get hands on him. But he's been dealing with it all season," coach Tim DeRuyter said. " I thought he handled himself well. There are times where he's on the edge, but football is an emotional game and sometimes those things happen.
"People are trying to be physical on receivers because it's a way to throw timing off. Davante is a physical receiver and wins his share of battles. He didn't win all of them, but there are times you have to wrestle if the defender is going to play physical like they were. It's part of the game."
Said Adams: "You just need to know how to handle yourself in situations like that. It's not a thing where you need to be talking a lot, you just need to fight through it and know different ways to play with guys and at the next level it's the same type of thing, the bickering back and forth and it gets physical out there. You just have to be more physical and just play football.
"If they want to do all that, then I'll have fun with them and I'll take them over to this corner when Harp is getting the ball and running over there. That happened on that second touchdown, on the crossing route, the guy was so worried about me he had his hands up in my facemask and then Harp comes and then he turns around. We were in the back corner and Harp is about to cross the goal line and he barely had time to even touch him. He's in there. If I can take guys away and create more space for my teammates I'll be just as happy as when I'm scoring. It's fine with me."
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