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November 10, 2013

Bulldogs Still Have Something to Prove




Well, so much for the cold knocking the Bulldogs off of their BCS perch.

On a night in which the weather was cold, chilly and damp, Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr continued to stay hot with precise, crisp passes and the Bulldogs continued their march towards breaking the BCS with a 48-10 victory over the Wyoming Cowboys from Laramie.

Carr threw for 366 yards and four touchdowns while completing 33 of 46 passes, and the Bulldogs' rushing attack provided a balanced offense with Josh Quezada rushing for 105 yards on 16 carries.

Fresno State (9-0, 6-0 Mountain West), is now one of five top-25 teams left undefeated in college football, yet despite the win, the Bulldogs still have much to accomplish if they're going to flip the BCS on its' head.

Or maybe they just have something to prove.

The critics will say that the Bulldogs haven't played a difficult enough schedule; the prognosticators will argue the Bulldogs have earned every win, easy schedule or not.

True, the last few weeks have been anti-climactic for the Bulldogs.

But like all good teams, they've snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

Despite allowing their opponents to grab early leads, Carr and the high-octane Bulldogs' offense did what it does best-they got it together and made plays when they counted.

Even during the "Blackout" game, when Nevada took an early 7-0 lead, and all of the energy started to die down in Bulldog Stadium, the 'Dogs were able to stave off a major upset.

On Saturday night, the same script started to play out in Laramie. Wyoming grabbed an early 7-0 lead, and Fresno State had to do it again-avoid the major upset.

It is easy to get caught up in all of the excitement with this Fresno State team, especially when it gives its fans a few nail-biting moments.

The last time the Bulldogs were this relevant was when they were led by David Carr and Pat Hill preached the "anybody, anyplace, anytime, anywhere" mantra.

So, in a way, this isn't uncharted waters for the Bulldogs. Perhaps what makes this season feel different from previous seasons is that the Bulldogs are capable of bigger things than what they ever have been in the history of the program.

Their game against Wyoming may not have been a measuring point for their season, but for the Bulldogs, its proof that if Derek Carr and the offense can beat the elements, then maybe their greatest accomplishment will be the proof that they can-and deserve-a chance to hang with the big boys.

The BCS should be ready to get flipped. Here come the Bulldogs!


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