SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- There is still football at Fresno State without David Carr and another postseason berth.
Asen Asparuhov booted four field goals, including two in the fourth quarter, to lift the Bulldogs to a 19-16 victory over San Jose State in a Western Athletic Conference clash.
Fresno State (7-5, 5-2 WAC) became bowl-eligible with its third straight win and still has to visit Louisiana Tech on December 5. The Bulldogs, who saw Carr taken by the Houston Texans as the top pick in this year's NFL draft, were expected to struggle without the all-time leading passer in school history.
Instead, the Bulldogs are headed to a bowl for a school-record fourth straight season and will play in the Silicon Valley Football Classic. It will be their third straight appearance in the bowl.
Scott Rislov had a five-yard TD pass to Marcus Helfman in the second quarter to give San Jose State (6-7, 4-4) a 13-10 halftime edge. The Spartans took their last lead, 16-13, on a 22-yard field goal by Nick Gilliam late in the third quarter.
Asparuhov capped a 10-play, 33-yard drive with a 32-yarder to tie the game, then added a 26-yard field goal with 6:11 left to give Fresno State its first lead.
Paul Pinegar completed 16-of-33 passes for 175 yards and Rodney Davis added 98 yards on the ground for the Bulldogs.
Fresno State defeated San Jose State for the 11th time in 12 all-time meetings.