Fresno State QB Derek Carr's mission: Take down that Boise State flag

By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

No Fresno State Bulldog has more motivation to beat the Broncos, or is more important to the effort, than junior quarterback Derek Carr.

The younger brother of former Fresno State star David Carr lives with a Boise State flag on his wall — a message from his older brother. He can’t take down the flag unless he beats the Broncos, who spoiled David’s senior season with an upset in Fresno.

“My wife is begging me to take it down,” Derek Carr said. “I’m going to do my best.”

Carr is the triggerman for the Bulldogs’ spread attack — and it has been a perfect fit. He has thrown 18 touchdown passes and just three interceptions. His quick release, accuracy and decision-making allow him to get the ball to the Bulldogs’ stable of speedy playmakers in open space.

He also can run enough to avoid rushers and move the chains.

“He gets in and out of his reads very quickly, the ball is out of his hands,” Boise State defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake said. “That goes to coaching, and also you can tell he’s a very smart man, because he knows when he needs to get the ball out.”

Carr, the Mountain West preseason offensive player of the year, has completed 68.5 percent of his passes for 302.7 yards per game. His efficiency rating of 157.30 ranks 19th in the nation.

Last year, he completed 62.6 percent with 272.6 yards per game and a 144.5 efficiency rating.

“He’s a great quarterback and he really manages the offense well,” Fresno State tailback Robbie Rouse said. “You’d think he’s been running this offense the past few years and not just since spring.”


Boise State recruited Carr — he was in the same class as Broncos starter Joe Southwick — and Carr maintains a friendly relationship with Boise State coach Chris Petersen.

They chatted at Mountain West media days in Las Vegas this summer.

“I’m a big believer in what coach Petersen does,” Carr said. “I think the world of him, not only as a coach but as a person. … Every year that we’ve played him, he’s come up to me after the game and asked how I’m doing, how life’s going. He doesn’t have to do that — that means a lot. Even when I wasn’t playing, he’d taken the time to ask me. It’s like seeing an old friend.”


Boise State has used the swinging-gate PAT play more this year. It’s been in the arsenal for several years but mostly disappeared last year.

“We just want to be unpredictable with it,” Petersen said. “Some games, we won’t do it at all.”

Sophomore wide receiver Matt Miller runs the play. He tossed a two-point pass at New Mexico.

“It’s not as easy as you think,” Petersen said. “It’s difficult because we’re changing it all the time.”


Turnovers will be a big part of the story line Saturday. Fresno State has forced a national-best 18 and is plus-10 in turnover margin. Boise State has forced 17, the best per-game average in the nation, and also is plus-10.

“It can change a game so much,” Boise State senior defensive tackle Darren Koontz said. “It can change the energy of a game. It puts it on us to know we need to get those takeaways, too.”


Carr on the Fresno State defense:

“Our defense, it’s just been a joy to watch them. I think we had, what, (five) interceptions last year? Phillip (Thomas) has six himself. … My defense and my run game and my offensive line are my best friends. They make me look better than I am.”


Boise State’s linebackers have had a bad case of the drops this season. True freshman Tyler Gray is the only linebacker with an interception.

“We’ve done great as a group. We just need to learn how to catch balls,” senior J.C. Percy said. “We should be leading the (defense) in turnovers. I could have scored. Tommy (Smith), against New Mexico, could have scored.”


Random facts: Boise State coach Chris Petersen is 77-7 in his 7th year ... and Saturday is his birthday (he'll be 48).

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The only way

Carr's wife is going get rid of that flag is to move out of the house.

My mom had already graduated high school that year.


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You and I should celebrate

Bring your mom too!

What the fuque is wrong with you?

Why would you make such a stupid comment? I've noticed lately that a lot of your comments are being flagged. Your little spat with VNDL was dumb enough, but now you can't seem to write anything even remotely intelligent. Are you a retard? I didn't realize how nice it was when you removed yourself from these boards. I wish you'd crawl back under whatever rock you live under, and leave these boards to those with intelligence.

RMSanford - do you realy think

it is the real P2 that is doing all the recent posting?

I don't think it is the real P2.

First, he would never admit to something that did not happen.

TBK and Apache 64 know the real truth and they are just sitting back laughing about it. I am too.

Try to keep in perspective that there was a copy cat for Steve Lane and it turned out to be razor, and some others such as sportsisfun1969 (also, was razor), as well as the 'new' P2 (more than likely razor).

ugly and I had one heck of a time trying to get you guys to understand that we were two separate people and that it was not just one person posting using two separate names.

Actually, if you go back far enough, that is where all these problems started with - razor accusing me of being ugly and so on and so on. I received many hatefilled e-mails from your group's members (JL and razor) accusing me of being a liar and ugly the same. Now that Windex has met both of us and knows the real deal - where are the apologies from members of your group for attacking ugly and I and falsely accusing us of being liars and thiefs and for all the hatefilled and vile e-mails we received?

If you have not figured it out yet, just try to understand how razor could be many different screen names, yet using the same exact screen name as other people are using.

For all we know, razor might be innocent and you are the one who is really the 'new' P2.

Who knows.

If you remember correctly, around last January, I offered to pay for a polygraph for both myself and razor, where we could get to the bottom of all this.

He has yet to respond affirmatively.

The offers still stands on the table.

I am sure TBK remembers the offer, as he and I discussed it several times on the phone.

I believe you have fallen under the evil influence of JLandon and razor who have an Extreme Hatred of Vandals and anything connected with the University of Idaho.

You are easily led, I am seeing it clearly.


You could be right, VNDL

I just know potato2 hadn't commented in a long time, then shows up with your spat. Whether this is the real guy or not, these comments are stupid. They serve no purpose but to be stupid.

Perhaps I am still naive to think folks don't post under others' tags, especially in such a small community. I see it in national blogs (like Yahoo), but here?

it would be cool if people would just rise above the BS

and end their vendettas against one another. It's petty and lame.

by the way, I watched the Vandals game against NMSU last week. It was good game. I really like Blackman. That guy is like Cam Newton on steriods, and Farquhar...he's one of the best kickers I've seen in quite some time. That kid is the real deal and will probably have a long NFL career.

Hey, I still have your 'Death to the BCS' copy. Let me know how you'd life for me to return it to you. We could meet up here or I can mail it to ya. You know how to reach me

TBK - I have no vendetta

against anybody.

The only time I respond is out of defense to attacks from, usually, guess who, razor.

I have really lessened my postings because all it is, whnever I post anyting, is attacks by razor and JLandon.

I just don't get it.

If you recall, a year ago we were all getting along so great then razor started accusing me of being ugly and I kept telling him that ugly was his own person.

Then I started getting vile and hate filled e-mails from JLandon and razor. If you recall I read them to you over the tlephone.

I have told you the truth and yet you chose to not believe me. Windex has seen the truth for himself.

ugly and I have been telling the truth the entire time.

We have taken the high road in this entire affair.

Why is razor so bothered and taking it so personally that I am not ugly.

Yes I would like to get the book back and will be on the phone to you when I get some time.

I am so very busy right now with an election coming up and a Legislative Session right around the corner.

But, I will be in contact when I get a chance.

I will meet up with you in Boise and spring for lunch. As I recall you got lunch the last time, so it is my turn.

Go Broncos.


BAA Member # 63799

PS - You know the truth about the P2 situation - that is why I just don't believe it is the real P2 admitting to slapping me 'Mafia Style'. Why admit to something of a potentially serious criminal nature that just didn't happen? I am totally baffled what that is all about, to begin with.

Do you have a Beretta?



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VNDL, I've never not believed you

In fact, I've defended you to those guys time and time again but my words fell on deaf ears.

Hey, when you do come up, see if Ugly would like to come along. It would be nice to meet him.

How do you think I feel with P2's flirting BS again?

What a tart. Spell with an F.


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How do you feel?

probably happy at least someone is paying attention to you. And probably a little curious to try out something freaky...



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Is that a yes?

can we trade E mails so we can hook up?


Keep up the good work....
Post more often !!!!

Boise Football and their BCS is abit boring this year, thus not much to say....

BYU lost again....
MSU lost again....
Miami (OH) lost again....
Southern Miss lost again....

and Boise beat Frsno by 10 pts....

Happy Days comes the BCS Busters....

Question for you ugly

Do you want us all to "post more" off topic rants, or just your little buddy?

Gilligan is dead.


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Yet more of vndl's BS

"Actually, if you go back far enough, that is where all these problems started with - razor accusing me of being ugly and so on and so on" - vndl

Is this far enough?

Yep - now I know
Submitted by aqfunk on Tue, 05/24/2011 - 10:20am.

FO = ugly = BDuck.

Nuff said.

All three irrelevant posters with canned schticks, cut and paste lines, and no substance.

Read one FO post and you read 'em all.

Read one BDuck post and you read 'em all.

Read one ugly post and you read 'em all.

All three; the same bored housewife pretender.

Case closed.


B12345 - thanx for taking the time to research my prior posts

you must have spent a long time doing it. I feel honored.

So your point is that ugly is also BDuck and FO?

Again, thanx for caring enough about my writings to research past postings of mine and commenting on my current posts.

I can see you are also like razor and JL and addicted to VNDL's postings and writings.

The circle of my audience and followers grows and seemingly, knows no bounds.

I have been very busy recently, but will try to be more engaged and prolific with my writings and postings on these boards, in the future.

Thanx for reminding me how much you guys anjoy my writings and cannot seem to just tune them out, yet consistently read them and respond to them.

I think it is like the person who goes to the circus to see the high wire act. Not wanting to see it and covering their eyes with their hands, but still looking and peeking between their fingers, so they don't miss anything.



Well, vndl, I'll give you that.....

You certainly are a freak show. Your hypocritical rants and personal attacks along with your liberal use of "facts" tend to attract a curiosity, along the lines of TMZ, The National Enquirer, or Honey Boo Boo.

All I pointed out with my post is your constant attempt to rewrite your own history on these boards.

I'm sure ugly is happy to be reminded that you actually think him a "housewife pretended".

My curious my now as waned, please feel free to continue your irrelevance without interruption from I.

B1234567 - and just how have I rewritten history?

Did not the University of Idaho donate surplus Idaho football uniforms and equipment to the fledgling BJC football team when BJC first fielded a football team?

It is a documented fact.

The BJC team (team mascot type name unknown at that time) did wear Silver and Gold uniforms (actually grey and light yellow numbers) for their first season. The practice unis were also, the game unis, so there was lots of sewing and repair and patching going on during the week.

Check it out in the Idaho State Museum by the Boise Zoo, off of Capitol. FYI - a museum is a place that is filled with many historical facts.

So, yes, in essence, the Idaho Vandals did give birth to the BJC football team which later went on to be known as the Broncos.

How did I make anything up?

How did I rewrite history?

It is just history that you don't want to acknowledge and you are like the ostrich that puts his hed in the sand.

Many Bronco JUCO players went on to play for the Vandals as they worked toward their real college 4 year degrees and such, over the years that it was BJC.

Possibly you are just not knowledgeable about the 'tight' bond that existed beween the Vandals and the Broncos, at one time.

I am curious as to how you are gonna spin this post.


PS - Obviousdly you are not an Idahoan or you would have learned lots of this stuff in 5th grade Idaho History cla$ses.

the Bronco Banner Stays

I do love this story...I think they ran it last year as well. This is the kind of stuff great rivalries are built on. Glad we are playing them here with the 12 man...Derek is going to have the keeping the flag for a while longer and find a new motivation...I think this is the last game against the Bulldogs for a while. Boise State 37 Fresno 28

note to future recruits

it's better to go to Boise State and win than it is to sign with another program and hope for a victory over the Broncos! Perhaps David Carr's son will play against BSU someday just to try and get that darn flag off the wall.

What color sofa goes with Blue and Orange?

I have a loveseat, can't say.

My VIP 8-Ball is complaining of fatigue as well.


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Bulldogs will beat the

Bulldogs will beat the problem. A team who barely beats New Mexico State? Everyone knows the empire is crumbling. Go Fresno!!!

broken record

check your calendar, Boise hasn't played New Mexico St. in a couple of years.

Things are still Alien in Roswell though.


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Kicking a Buffalo's Butt ain't close

Beating up on Colorado...doesn't make you awesome over night. You may have had a chance if you were playing at home...the 12th Man will make the difference. Pray that Carr doesn't get knocked out of the game.

Happy Birthday Coach Pete

We share a birthday!!!

I think this is going to be quite the game. Either it's going to be a back and forth lots of scoring affair. Or, the team is going to tighten things up and win one by a few touchdowns. I'm hoping for the latter!


He's an American. Carr can replace it w/ a B. Spears poster!


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Goodnite Everyone....

'Coast to Coast AM' is on with either George Noory or Art Bell....