San Jose State 62, Fresno State 52
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr threw six first-half touchdown passes, but the Bulldogs' bid for a BCS game berth was undone by San Jose State quarterback David Fales and the Spartans in a wild offensive showcase.
Fales also threw six touchdown passes in the first half, leading the Spartans to a 62-52 victory over the No. 16 Bulldogs on Friday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
The loss dropped Fresno State's record to 10-1, knocking the Bulldogs out of contention for a spot in a BCS game and opening the door for Northern Illinois to claim a BCS game berth.
San Jose State (6-6) ended a three-game losing streak and became bowl eligible for the second straight year.
Fales finished 36-of-44 for 543 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. Carr was 38-of-50 for 519 yards, six touchdowns and one interception.
Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams had 13 catches for 264 yards and three touchdowns.
Three San Jose State wide receivers exceeded 100 yards in receiving -- Chandler Jones (eight catches, 146 yards, three touchdowns), Kyle Nunn (10 catches, 160 yards, two touchdowns) and Tyler Winston (10 catches, 164 yards, one score).
San Jose amassed 736 yards of offense, and the teams combined for 1,382 yards, the most in an FBS game this season. The two teams compiled 1,006 yards in the first half, which ended with San Jose State leading 42-41.
The Bulldogs were limited to three points in the second half before scoring their only second-half touchdown with 2:03 left in the game.
Fales and Carr combined for 12 scoring passes in the first half, which was just two shy of the FBS record for touchdown passes in a game by both teams.
The Spartans recovered an onside kick to start the second half, and running back Thomas Tucker's 7-yard scoring run gave San Jose State a 49-41 lead.
Bulldogs kicker Colin McGuire's 42-yard field goal cut the margin to 49-44, but Austin Lopez's 45-yard field goal pushed the Spartans' lead back to eight points.
Fales' 1-yard quarterback sneak with 11:48 left increased the Spartans' lead to 59-44.
San Jose linebacker Keith Smith then picked off a pass to end Carr's streak of 305 consecutive passes without an interception.
That led to a field goal that made the score 62-44 before a Fresno State touchdown with 2:03 left made it 62-52.
The scoring came at a furious pace in the first half.
Fales' 31-yard touchdown pass to Nunn gave San Jose State an early 7-0 lead.
Fresno State scored just 32 seconds later, as Carr hit Josh Harper with a 27-yard touchdown pass on the Bulldogs' second play from scrimmage. Harper injured his knee without being touched and had to leave the game.
The extra point attempt was blocked.
The Spartans increased the margin to 14-6 on Fales' 19-yard touchdown pass to Jones. A 23-yard touchdown pass from Carr to Adams cut the San Jose State lead to 14-13, and Fresno State took a 20-14 lead on Carr's 4-yard touchdown pass to Adams with 2:54 left in the first quarter.
San Jose State regained the lead 21-20 on the next play, a 75-yard touchdown pass from Fales to Nunn.
A 32-yard touchdown catch by Adams with 13 seconds left in the first quarter pushed Fresno State back ahead 27-21.
San Jose State took a 28-27 lead on Fales' 38-yard scoring pass to Jones early in the second quarter.
Carr's 5-yard scoring pass to Justin Johnson put the Bulldogs ahead 34-28, but a 16-yard touchdown reception by Winston gave the Spartans a 35-34 lead.
A 21-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Burse put Fresno State back on top 41-35 with 1:43 left in the second quarter, but Jones' 19-yard scoring catch with 18 seconds left gave San Jose State a 42-41 lead at the half.
NOTES: Fresno State will host the Mountain West Conference championship game on Dec. 7 against either Boise State or Utah State. ... Eighteen NFL scouts were scheduled to be at the game to take a look at Fresno State QB Derek Carr and San Jose State QB David Fales, both of whom are expected to be drafted. ... The game was delayed for several minutes in the second quarter while a Fresno State cheerleader was taken off the field on a stretcher after having an apparent seizure. ... San Jose State has played in bowl games in consecutive seasons only once -- 1986 and 1987 -- and it has never won bowl games in consecutive years.