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Bulldogs battle their way to 52-51 overtime win

The Fresno State football team kicked off it's season Thursday with not just a win but a 52-51 overtime win over Rutgers.

The Scarlet Knights were denied a 2-point conversion to end the game and give the Bulldogs the narrow victory.

"It was a 15-round fight, both heavyweights were throwing haymakers and landing them," head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "I was just happy that we got up every single time, just like Rutgers.

"Give those guys credit, they got up every single time we landed one on them and luckily we got the last shot in and made the last play."

Sophomore receiver Davante Adams finished the night with 14 catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns, giving him a touchdown catch in nine straight games.

There were ten lead changes over 170 plays and quarterback Derek Carr completed 53-of-74 passes for 470 yards and five touchdowns, setting a Mountain West record.

"Football is the ultimate team sport," Carr said. "There was not one moment where we thought we were going to lose this game."

And coach DeRuyter has no lack of faith in his quarterback.

"[Carr] is the real deal. He had ice in his veins," DeRuyter said. "This year he can make plays with his feet, unlike last year.

"I thought our protection, except for maybe one or two plays, was excellent. When he gets that kind of protection, he feels confident to get the ball where it needs to go and we got some frisbee catching dogs that will go get it."