Fresno State wins 66-0 in season opener, retires Derek Carr's jersey at halftime
The Fresno State football team kicked off the Jeff Tedford era with a 66-0 rout of FCS school Incarnate Word in front of nearly 40,000 fans at Bulldog Stadium. The 'Dogs led 34-0 at half, then scored 32 points in the third quarter to go up by 66 on the visiting Cardinals. The Red Wave enjoyed a much better performance than it saw in any game last year from the team, but perhaps enjoying even more the ceremony at halftime.
The school retired Derek Carr's number 4 jersey, and the placard underneath the pressbox can now be seen just to the left of brother David Carr's number 8 jersey. Derek Carr's jersey is the seventh in school history to be retired, and comes 10 years almost to the day after David's was retired.
Sophomore quarterback Chason Virgil completed 16 of 29 passes for 246 yards and one touchdown, before giving way to transfer Marcus McMaryion. The DInuba high product McMaryion went 6/7, with 103 yards and two scores well after the outcome of the game was in question.
True freshman running back Ronnie Rivers gained 60 yards on nine carries, 30 of those yards coming on the first touchdown of his career, early in the third quarter. Former Bullard Knight Dejonte O'Neal ran the ball five times, gaining 39 yards, and also had a 44 yard punt return in the first quarter that led to a 'Dogs field goal. Clovis high alum Josh Hokit only carried the ball four times, but scored on two of them. Hokit, who will wrestle for Fresno State this year, also threw a perfect ball to tight end Jared Rice on a double pass, which ended in a 65 yard touchdown.
The Bulldogs will face a much steeper challenge the next time out, playing at top-ranked Alabama.