FORT COLLINS, Colorado (Ticker) -- David Carr often is called the savior of Fresno State, but Asen Asparuhov may have salvaged the season.
Asparuhov kicked a game-tying 48-yard field goal as time expired and booted a 41-yarder in overtime as No. 10 Fresno State escaped with a 25-22 victory over Colorado State.
Carr completed 28-of-37 passes for 390 yards and three tocuhdowns for the Bulldogs (5-0), who were facing one of the few serious tests left on their regular season schedule.
The Rams took a 22-19 lead with 32 seconds left on a 21-yard TD pass from Bradlee Van Pelt to Pete Rebstock. The touchdown capped an 83-yard drive that was highlighted by a 33-yard run by Van Pelt.
But Fresno State was not done and started its final drive of regulation on its own 20. Carr completed three consecutive passes to set up Asparuhov, who tied the game as time expired.
Colorado State opened overtime with the ball, but gained eight yards on four plays. After three short runs, the Bulldogs turned to Asparuhov, who again came through.
Fresno State (6-0) avoided a potentially devastating loss and improved to 5-0 after bye weeks since Pat Hill became coach in 1997.
Paris Gaines ran for 111 yards on 18 carries for the Bulldogs, who gained 389 yards, including 152 rushing. Rodney Wright was Carr's favorite target, cathing eight passes for 120 yards. Charles Smith caught five passes for 87 yards and Bernar Berrian had five catches for 80.
The Bulldogs even the all-time series, 4-4, and defeated the Rams for the second straight game.
Fresno State has been held without touchdown for the entire third quarter and most of the fourth until Carr engineered a 69-yard drive. The drive consisted of just four plays, ending with Carr throwing a 15-yard touchdown pass to Alec Greco with 8:13 to go for a 19-14 lead.
The two-point coversion failed and the team traded unsuccessful possessions before Van Pelt led the Rams on an improbable drive.
Colorado State began the drive on its own 17 and Van Pelt scrambled and ran 33 yards on first-and-10 to get to midfield. He completed a 34-yard pass to Henri Childs and, six plays later, found Rebstock wide-open over the middle for a go-ahead touchdown.
Van Pelt completed the two-point conversion to Joel Dreessen for a 22-19 lead.
Van Pelt completed 13-of-24 paseses for 116 yards, but did most of his damage on the ground. He rushed 14 times for 148 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Duane Ruff rushed 27 times for 125 yards for Colorado State, which gained 322 of its 438 yards on the ground.