FRESNO – Just in case Bobby Hauck’s UNLV Rebels wanted to know what a Heisman Trophy candidate and probable high first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft looked like, it took all of one play Saturday night at Bulldog Stadium to find out.
That’s how long it took for Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr to get going, throwing a missile about 60 yards downfield to wide receiver Davante Adams who caught it in stride and galloped into the end for a 75-yard touchdown.
That was just the start of a record night for Carr and Adams as the 17th-ranked Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0) cruised to a 38-14 victory over the Rebels (4-3, 2-1), snapping UNLV’s four-game win streak in the process.
Carr completed 33-of-48 passes for 412 yards and four touchdowns, breaking Paul Pinegar’s school career marks for completions (849) and touchdown passes (85) in the process. He also joined Kevin Sweeney as the only Fresno State quarterbacks to throw for 10,000 yards in a career.
The explosive Adams finished with eight receptions for 221 yards and a school-record tying four touchdowns. The touchdowns covered 75, 28, 36 and 37 yards, the final coming with 9:57 to go in the third quarter to increase Fresno State’s lead to 35-14.
It also was a record night — but potentially a bittersweet one — for UNLV senior running back Tim Cornett.
Cornett rushed for 49 yards on 10 carries to break Mike Thomas’ school career rushing record with 3,158 yards. But he also limped to the sidelines midway through the third quarter after falling to the turf and clutching his right knee and did not return.
UNLV, a 25½ -point underdog, was competitive for a half. Running back Shaquille Murray-Lawrence had a 73-yard touchdown run and quarterback Caleb Herring, who completed 27-of-42 passes for 161 yards, connected with Marcus Sullivan for a 13-yard touchdown pass just before halftime to make it 28-14 at intermission.
But Fresno State, which finished with 641 yards and 33 first downs, outscored the Rebels, 10-0, in the second half, yanking Carr and the starters midway through the fourth quarter.
UNLV hits the road again next week when it travels to Reno to face UNR (3-4, 2-2), a 34-17 loser at Boise State, on Saturday afternoon in the annual Battle for the Fremont Cannon.
— MyLVsports.com staff report