TOLEDO, Ohio Nico Herron knocked down Aaron Opelt's 2-point conversion pass and No. 25 Fresno State escaped with a 55-54 double-overtime victory over Toledo on Saturday night.
Toledo coach Tom Amstutz decided to go for the win after the Rockets scored on Opelt's 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end John Allen on fourth down. Opelt was pressured on the final play and forced the throw.
In the first overtime, the Rockets needed just two plays to jump in front 48-41 when, after a pass play, Opelt dove over for a 1-yard for a touchdown.
Tom Brandstater answered with his fourth touchdown pass, a 6-yard throw to Isaac Kinter that tied it at 48-48.
The Bulldogs got the ball first in the second overtime and took just three plays to go in front 55-48. Anthony Harding's run took the ball to the 2 and Brandstater then dove in on a 1-yard sneak.
Toledo's Alex Steigerwald sent it into overtime with a 33-yard field goal with 15 seconds left.
Fresno State started the game sluggish, but scored the first four times it had the ball in the second half and appeared to take control after going ahead 41-31 with 10 minutes left in the game.
STANFORD 23, SAN JOSE STATE 10: At Stanford, Calif., Tavita Pritchard passed for 159 yards and rushed for a touchdown while rallying Stanford from a halftime deficit to beat San Jose State 23-10 in the Bill Walsh Legacy Game on Saturday night.
Toby Gerhart rushed for a career-high 148 yards and scored with 9 seconds to play for the Cardinal (2-2). Stanford held San Jose State to 38 total yards in the second half including minus-24 in the fourth quarter.
The Spartans wasted a strong start behind quarterback Kyle Reed, who completed his first 16 passes. The California transfer went 23-of-26 for 165 yards for The Spartans (2-2) have lost six of the last seven games in the longtime Bay Area rivalry now named after the Pro Football Hall of Fame coach who spent time at both schools.
Aaron Zagory's 52-yard field goal late in the third quarter gave Stanford its first lead at 13-10, and Reed's fumble under pressure with 4:44 to play gave the ball to Stanford at the Spartans 7, setting up Zagory's third field goal.
Stanford then smothered San Jose State's offense one last time, sacking Reed on fourth down with 1:41 left. The Cardinal sacked Reed eight times.
Pritchard's job was in jeopardy after back-to-back losses, but the junior led the Cardinal's comeback with his scrambling ability and a handful of big throws despite finishing just 13-of-28. He even connected with himself for one of his longest completions in the second quarter, catching his own deflected pass behind the line of scrimmage and running 25 yards with it.
Using a no-huddle offense, Reed led San Jose State to a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter on Brandon Rutley's 4-yard TD run. Reed, who completed his first 13 passes in last week's victory over San Diego State, didn't throw an incompletion against Stanford until missing on a long throw to Chris Ward with 3 seconds left in the first half.
Jeff Clark led the Spartans with eight catches for 52 yards.
San Jose State cornerback Christopher Owens made a heady play to prevent a sure score in the second quarter, chasing down Stanford receiver Doug Baldwin and popping the ball out of his arms at the 2-yard line. The ball went through the end zone for a touchback, although the field judge inexplicably ruled a touchdown for Stanford before he was reversed on the obvious video replay.
Pritchard capped a 64-yard drive with a 1-yard TD sneak just 38 seconds before halftime.
Just 33,293 fans attended the rivalry game at Stanford Stadium, with wide swaths of empty seats in the upper deck.
NEW MEXICO STATE 34, UTEP 33: At El Paso, Texas, Chase Holbrook passed for 329 yards and five touchdowns to lead New Mexico State to a 34-33 win Saturday over UTEP.
Holbrook connected with wide receiver Marcus Anderson on three scores, including the go-ahead touchdown with 3:12 to go in the game. Anderson finished with five catches for 70 yards.
Holbrook has 1,269 passing yards in three games against the Miners (0-3).
With the win, NMSU (1-1) snapped a six-game losing streak, while UTEP extended its losing skid to nine games. It was the Aggies' first win in the Sun Bowl since 1994.
In the second quarter, NMSU went up 14-10 on a pair of passing scores from Holbrook to Anderson.
UTEP quarterback James Thomas II answered with a 44-yard scoring run, but NMSU went ahead 21-17 on a 27-yard touchdown reception by A.J. Harris.
UTEP's Jose Martinez kicked a 36-yard field goal to make it 21-20 with 3:05 remaining in the half.
The Aggies took a 28-27 lead into the fourth quarter, until Thomas stretched into the end zone from a yard out and put UTEP back up 33-28.
NMSU went ahead for good on Holbrook's final touchdown pass to Anderson. The Aggie defense forced a UTEP fumble, then stopped the Miners on a fourth-and-11 in the final minute.
UTEP' top two running backs were out with injuries and starting quarterback Trevor Vittatoe left the game for good with an ankle injury after the third series.
Quarterback James Thomas led UTEP with 142 yards rushing and two scores, becoming only the third Miner quarterback to eclipse the 100-yard mark since 1982.
LOUISIANA TECH 41, SE LOUISIANA 26: At Ruston, La., Daniel Porter caught a 44-yard touchdown pass and scored on a 23-yard run to help Louisiana Tech pull away for a 41-26 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday night.
The Bulldogs also had a 57-yard TD punt return and 50-yard return of a blocked field goal.
The Bulldogs (2-1) also benefited from Phillip Livas' 57-yard punt return for a touchdown and Weldon Brown's 50-yard return of a blocked field goal for a touchdown.
Porter rushed for 97 yards on 19 carries and caught two passes for 53 yards.
Brian Babin led Southeastern Louisiana (2-2), going 32-of-59 for 322 yards. Andre Cryer caught seven passes for 138 yards and a 55-yard touchdown.
Louisiana Tech led 28-26 at halftime, but the Bulldogs outscored the Lions 13-3 in the second half.
Porter's 23-yard run gave Louisiana Tech a 38-23 advantage with 5:43 left in the third quarter.
Marquis Powell's 51-yard interception return gave Southeastern Louisiana a 10-7 lead with 2:50 remaining in the first quarter, but Taylor Bennett hit Porter on a 44-yard score with 36 seconds left in the quarter.
Bennett was 15 of 27 for 196 yards.