That first touchdown pass came from Brandon Connette, and it pushed the Fresno State Bulldogs to their first lead of the season after 13 quarters of mostly forgettable football. He hit Josh Harper with a 10-yard strike and, boom, a touchdown and a lead.
The second and third came from Brian Burrell, who had been lifted after three series in the first quarter that ended with a punt, on downs and with an interception. He hit freshman tight end Chad Olsen to cap a 2-minute drive just before halftime, then Delvon Hardaway in the third quarter when the redshirt freshman receiver left a defender behind with a simple but super-quick move inside.
The fourth came from Zack Greenlee, a redshirt freshman playing in his first college game, who did not have many team reps in practice last week. It was maybe a handful, tops. He had Da'Mari Scott open on a deep ball, dropped it in perfectly and the receiver did the rest going 81 yards into the end zone.
Four touchdowns, three quarterbacks, one game.
"Is there something wrong with that?" offensive coordinator Dave Schramm asked.
It is a rare feat, though. Fresno State has not had three quarterbacks throw a touchdown pass in one season since 1994 when Richie Donati had 11, Adrian Claiborne had seven and Jeff Tuss had one, and it has not happened in a single game going back through 1982.
But in a 56-16 rout of Southern Utah, the Bulldogs did it in one game.
There have been combinations between now and then when the Bulldogs had three or more players throw touchdown passes in a season -- two quarterbacks and a wide out (2009 and 1999), two quarterbacks and a punter (1998) and even one quarterback, one running back, one wide out and one tight end (1997). In that 1994 season, wide out David Dunn also had two touchdown passes and finished his Fresno State career with one of the better stat lines in school history -- four passing attempts, four completions for 146 yards and three touchdowns with a career passing efficiency rating of 654.1.
But never three quarterbacks in the same game.
And, rather than further muddle the quarterback competition that had dragged on, it clarified it.
In the Bulldogs' Mountain West Conference opener on Friday at New Mexico, Burrell is expected to start, with Greenlee and Connette in back-up roles.
Schramm, bemused by history and never one to let an opportunity at a big play pass, let the possibilities start spinning away upstairs.
"Hey," he said, "we might put three quarterbacks on the same field one day. You never know. ... It can happen."
The Bulldogs went from 0 to 50 in the final three quarters of football against the Thunderbirds, which no team in the football bowl subdivision has done this season.
After putting up a big zero in the first quarter, the Bulldogs scored 21, 21 and 14 points.
But those first 15 minutes continue to confound - Fresno State is only one of three FBS teams that have not scored a single point on offense in the first quarter of its games and it has played one more game than the other two, Tulsa and Southern Methodist.
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San Jose State lost at Minnesota despite allowing only one completed pass for 7 yards, the fewest passing yards the Spartans have allowed in a game since 1992 when Cal State Fullerton failed to complete any of its 11 pass attempts and lost 49-3.
That is a bit of an oddity, even in the Mountain West, but not unheard of -- Air Force has been in this conference since its inception.
Hawaii lost to the Falcons 21-7 in 2012, a game in which Air Force did not attempt even a single pass. Wyoming lost 10-0 to the Falcons in 2009, when the Falcons hit only 1 of 5 passes for a grand total of 2 yards. New Mexico lost to Air Force 23-10 in 2008 when the Falcons completed 1 of 3 passes for a whopping 1 yard.
Oddly, the Falcons had a season-high 226 passing yards at Wyoming, which also is the most they have had in 19 games since racking up 235 in a loss at Army in 2012 -- a game they lost. Air Force is only 6-14 when passing for 200 or more yards since 2000 and had a 10-game losing streak in such games until winning at Colorado State 45-21 in 2011 when throwing for 221 yards.