Fresno St. 52, Rutgers 51, OT
Montana St. 42, Monmouth (NJ) 24
Montana St.-Northern 14, Dickinson St. 0
Portland St. 57, E. Oregon 17
San Jose St. 24, Sacramento St. 0
Southern Cal 30, Hawaii 13
Utah 30, Utah St. 26
Fresno State recap
FRESNO, Calif. As soon as Rutgers' 2-point attempt tipped off Brandon Coleman's finger tips and fell to the ground, Derek Carr fell to his knees in relief.
His emotional month ended with a memorable win.
Carr threw his fifth touchdown pass on the opening play of overtime and Fresno State stopped the 2-point try on the next possession to beat Rutgers 52-51 in the season opener Thursday night.
"It's the craziest game I've ever been a part of," Carr said.
The victory came two days after Carr's son, Dallas, finally got to come home after spending his first three weeks in neonatal intensive care because of digestive tract defects. Carr spent much of fall camp shuttling between the practice field and the hospital, not telling teammates of his family's ordeal until his son made it home healthy.
"I was overcome with emotion," Carr said about his postgame reaction. "I think my son made me soft. I balled my eyes out."
After Kyle Federico missed a 43-yard field goal on the final play of regulation for the Scarlet Knights, Carr capitalized right away by lobbing a 25-yard pass to Greg Watson to give the Bulldogs the lead.
Gary Nova answered with his fifth TD pass of the game to Brandon Coleman. But coach Kyle Flood opted to go for the win and Nova's pass tipped off Coleman's finger tips to end the game.
"We had the ball in the hands of two of our better players," Flood said. "It was just a little bit off his finger tips and a little bit too wide, whatever you want to say. Ultimately, I'll be judged by those decisions but I don't regret it. With both those players, I'd do it again if I had the opportunity."
Carr completed a Mountain West and school-record 53 of 74 passes for 470 yards to start his senior season off with a win. He focused mostly on three receivers with Davante Adams and Josh Harper each catching 14 passes and Isaiah Burse adding 13.