Marcus McMaryion passed for 368 yards and accounted for five touchdowns and Fresno State scored 42 consecutive points as the Bulldogs beat Toledo 49-27 on Saturday night.
McMaryion was 24-of-31 passing with four touchdowns and an interception. His 6-yard scoring run gave Fresno State (3-1) a 49-13 lead late in the third quarter. He finished the game with a passing efficiency rating of 213.3. And it was the second consecutive game that he had accounted for five touchdowns — matching his production in Fresno State’s 38-14 victory at UCLA.
Most Passing Yards in a Game Since Derek Carr in 2013
McMaryion’s 368 passing yards were the most for a Fresno State quarterback since Derek Carr passed for 404 against Utah State in 2013.
“It’s a good feeling because Toledo is a great team. We played well on both sides of the ball. We had a good game plan going into tonight’s game, and we executed it well,” McMaryion said. “Every defense has its holes and our coaches do a great job of putting us in a good position to be successful in every game.”
Said Fresno State Coach Jeff Tedford: “Marcus was spot on. I thought he was very efficient tonight, especially with some balls downfield. He managed the game really, really well. And he was very accurate.”
The Bulldogs (3-1) open Mountain West play next Saturday at Nevada (3-2, 1-0 MW) at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast by ESPNU.
Jordan Mims had 15 carries for 59 yards and a score to go with career-highs of six receptions and 126 yards receiving, including a 47-yard touchdown catch-and-run in the second quarter for Fresno State. KeeSean Johnson finished with six receptions for 102 yards and two TDs.
Jameson Vest hit back-to-back field goals of 46 and 43 yards to give Toledo (2-2) a 13-7 lead with 10:22 left in the second quarter. Johnson’s 7-yard touchdown catch fewer than two minutes later gave Fresno State the lead for good. The Rockets went three-and-out on each of their next three possessions and Mims’ scoring run made it 28-13 at the break.
Walker’s Pick Six Highlights Sharp Defensive Showing
McMaryion capped the opening drive of the second half with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Johnson and Mykal Walker’s 38-yard pick-six made it 42-13 with 10:22 left in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs’ defense was stout, too, finishing with five sacks and nine tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Walker, a defensive end, added a sack to his interception return for a touchdown, and linebacker George Helmuth recorded two sacks.