Fresno State scored first in OT, held the Aztecs on downs and then caught the first flight out of fish-taco town.
San Diego State Coach Rocky Long was asked afterward whether he regretted setting up for a field goal instead of trying to win with a touchdown.
It's almost an epidemic these days, coaches putting the game-winning onus on scared-stiff kickers.
"Yeah, I'd play it differently if I knew we weren't going to make it," Long said.
Was it his toughest loss ever?
"Oh, I've been around losses as tough as that one, sure," Long said. "I'm an old man. I've been around a lot of them."
Fresno State, of the Mountain West Conference, can earn a BCS bid if it finishes in the top 12 in the BCS standings, or in the top 16 and ahead of a major-conference champion.
The other "non-AQ" in the race is defending Mid-American Conference champion Northern Illinois, which is No. 17 in the BCS but must have fallen out of its collective chair when San Diego State missed that field goal.
If they were lucky, maybe the Huskies were asleep.
Derek Carr, Fresno State's star quarterback, thinks this might be a team of destiny. "This team is resilient and has a faith that transcends all understanding."
Carr was so convinced San Diego State's field goal would go awry that he said on the sideline, "Hey, I can't wait to watch this block."
•It didn't take long for the BCS standings to straighten out. As predicted, Oregon jumped Florida State on Sunday for the coveted No. 2 spot. The difference was the Ducks' moving up two spots, to No. 2, in the BCS computer component after a convincing win over UCLA. The polls and computers are now all in line with the top four of Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State.
•The next two weeks are going to have a huge impact on the BCS race as six teams in the top 10 face each other in critical games. No. 7 Miami plays at No. 3 Florida State on Saturday, while Nov. 7 is shaping up as the most exciting Thursday in the history of college football — No. 5 Stanford hosts No. 2 Oregon on the same night No. 10 Oklahoma plays at No. 6 Baylor.
•Wacko in Waco: Baylor's No. 5 ranking in the Associated Press poll is the highest the Bears have been ranked since being No. 3 in 1953.
•More on Oregon: The Ducks' prolific offense is more remarkable considering star scatback De'Anthony Thomas has been a non-factor for five games since injuring his ankle on the opening kickoff against Cal on Sept. 28. Thomas made his return Saturday night against UCLA but removed himself from the lineup in the second half.
"I just wasn't feeling it," Thomas said. He gained only 31 yards in 10 carries and had receptions for 17 yards. Thomas said he came out of the game because of the ankle but said after the game, "I'm fine."
Byron Marshall has picked up almost all of Thomas' slack. He rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns against UCLA and leads the Ducks with 879 yards rushing.
•Last week, Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti's postgame rant cost him a reprimand and $5,000 fine from the Pac-12 Conference.
Aliotti was on his best behavior when he took the podium after Saturday's 42-14 win over UCLA.
"Last time I was here I didn't do too well," Aliotti joked.