FRESNO, Calif., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- No. 21 Fresno State recorded its first 11-win season since 1989 and prepped for its bowl appearance Saturday by scoring four touchdowns in the opening 11 1/2 minutes and pasting Utah State, 70-21.
David Carr established career highs with 432 yards and six touchdown passes for Fresno State, which accepted a Silicon Valley Bowl bid following last week's 40-21 triumph over San Jose State and heads to its bowl matchup on New Year's Eve clicking on all cylinders.
The Bulldogs have won five consecutive games, outscoring opponents 261-93.
On Saturday, they rolled up 439 yards of offense in the first half and cruised thereafter. The Bulldogs had a 56-14 lead after 30 minutes and had scored 63 points less than five minutes into the second half.
The 70 points were the most for Fresno State since it scored 94 against New Mexico in 1991.
Utah State (4-7) lost its second straight game following a four-game winning streak. The Aggies have been outscored, 104-34, in the back-to-back losses.
The game originally was slated for Sept. 15.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 7-0 lead 33 seconds into the contest when Carr found Deandre Gilbert with a 42-yard touchdown strike. Fresno State then forced a punt and Rodney Wright returned the kick 46 yards for a score.
With 6:50 remaining in the quarter, Carr found Bernard Berrian with a 15-yard scoring toss and just over three minutes later Josh Levi scored from two yards out for a 28-0 lead.
Carr was nine of 13 for 168 yards in the opening quarter and finished 21 of 27.
The highly regarded quarterback who leads the nation in touchdown passes (42) and passing yards (4,308), found 10 different receivers with Berrian catching four passes for 158 yards and three scores.
Levi carried 11 times for 87 yards and two scores in the contest.