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Bulldogs remain undefeated with 41-23 win over Nevada

Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr rolls back against the San Diego State Aztecs during their game on Oct. 26. Carr broke the Fresno State career passing record on Nov. 2 with 487 passing yards against Nevada.
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The Fresno State football team remains undefeated after a 41-23 victory over Nevada Saturday at Bulldog Stadium.

The 8-0 Bulldogs remain one of just seven teams undefeated in the nation. Fresno State has not gone 8-0 in a season since 1989.

Bulldog quarterback Derek Carr went 39-of-55 and passed for 487 yards with three touchdowns.

On the last pass-play of the evening – a 27-yard pass to receiver Josh Harper – Carr garnered 10,821 career yards and became the new career passing leader, breaking Kevin Sweeney’s 27-year-old record.

“I’m really happy for him,” Bulldog head coach Tim DeRuyter said. “DC will tell you that the No. 1 thing we worry about is winning.

“I do think it’s nice he was able to break the record at home, on Blackout, before a sell-out crowd. That played nicely.”

Harper ended the night with 17 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns.

At halftime, the Bulldogs had a 17 point lead that seemed pretty secure but twice in the second half, the Wolf Pack threatened that lead, coming within eight points late in the third quarter and again in the fourth quarter.

“Honestly, I felt like we were moving the ball great but we stopped ourselves,” Carr said. “When we turn the film on, we’re going to be sick because we left so many points out there. It drives me nuts.”

Fresno State managed to pull ahead in the last five minutes, tacking on a field goal and a touchdown to secure the win in front of the sell-out crowd of 41,031.

The Bulldogs have three games remaining on their schedule and will travel to Wyoming on Nov. 9 before hosting New Mexico on Nov. 23.

Fresno State beat these schools 42-14 and 49-32, respectively, in 2012.

Fresno State needs to finish as the top team from a non-automatic qualifying conference to earn an automatic bid to a BCS bowl game.

Northern Illinois, a member of the Mid-American Conference, improved to 9-0 Saturday with a win over UMass and threatens Fresno State’s chances.

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