Long after he had picked himself off the ground following another sack, Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr found small consolation from the beating the Bulldogs took Monday night in the Hawaii Bowl.
A year ago, they were home watching after a losing season. They came to Honolulu as the Mountain West Conference champions. Among the players they return are Carr and Davante Adams, a freshman receiver and perhaps the most dynamic player on the team.
''I'm so excited for next season,'' Carr said.
He'd also like to forget as quickly as possible what SMU's defense did to the Bulldogs on national television Christmas Eve in a 43-10 victory.
Carr was sacked seven times, more than double what Fresno State had given up all year. Fresno State managed only one touchdown, when Adams wrapped his arm around the head of Chris Parks and pulled in a 6-yard pass with one hand and his foot dragging toward the line. The Bulldogs had minus-16 yards rushing, and even taking away the yardage lost from ...