BOISE, Idaho (Ticker) -- The bowl season barely has begun, but it will be hard for any quarterback to top the performance of Paul Pinegar in the MPC Computers Bowl.
Pinegar threw five touchdowns, including a game-tying toss with 11 seconds left in regulation and a game-winner in overtime, as Fresno State rallied to defeat No. 18 Virginia, 37-34.
Pinegar completed 23-of-36 passes for 235 yards and threw touchdowns to five different receivers for the Bulldogs (9-3), who ended the season on a six-game winning streak.
"We finished strong, with six wins, and we graduate only four starters, so we have a good start towards next year," said Bulldogs coach Pat Hill, whose team has won four in a row over squads from BCS conferences.
"Congratulations to Fresno State," Virginia coach Al Groh said. "They did a lot of things well to win the game."
Fresno State trailed by 21-7 late in the second quarter, but tied the game, 24-24, on a 22-yard pass from Pinegar to tight end Mark Wood with 13:12 remaining.
Wali Lundy gave Virginia a 31-24 lead with a 20-yard run with 6:20 to play, but Pinegar tied it with a three-yard TD toss to Jaron Fairman on 4th-and-goal with 11 seconds left.
"I've run that play plenty of times, and I've made that throw plenty of times, too," said Pinegar of the rollout play to Fairman near the back right of the end zone.
"We had a chance to make a play in the end zone, but their quarterback made a great throw where only their guy can get it," Groh said. "I thought it was reminiscent of the Dwight Clark catch many years ago."
Fresno State won the toss in overtime and elected to defend first. Virginia had to settle for a 26-yard field goal by Connor Hughes, and on the Bulldogs' first play, Pinegar found Stephen Spach inside the 5 and the tight end stretched the ball across the goal line as he was being tackled to end the contest.
Virginia slipped to 0-4 all time in overtime games, while Fresno State improved to 4-4.
The Bulldogs have won three straight bowls for the first time in school history. They won the last two Silicon Valley Classics.
Virginia (8-4) allowed 128 points in its four losses and just 84 in its eight wins.
Marques Hagans completed 18-of-30 passes for 162 yards and ran seven times for 85 yards for the Cavaliers, who gained 422 yards but allowed the Bulldogs to collect 457.
The game was tied, 7-7, before Hagans tossed a seven-yard TD to Michael McGrew with 4:39 remaining in the first quarter. Hagans opened a 14-point cushion with an eight-yard run with 12:50 left in the half.
Fresno State pulled within 21-10 on Brett Visintainer's 49-yard field goal on the final play of the half, then made it 21-17 on a 22-yard pass from Pinegar to Jermaine Jamison with 8:42 left in the third quarter.
"Winning feels great, it always does, especially against Virginia, a team with a great run defense," Pinegar said.