NCAA Game Summary - New Mexico State at San Jose State|
(Saturday, September 24th)
Final Score: San Jose State 34, New Mexico State 24
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - San Jose State snapped a lengthy 13-game
losing streak with a 34-24 victory over New Mexico State in Western Athletic
Conference action at Spartan Stadium.
San Jose State's Brandon Rutley was crucial in the victory for the Spartans
(1-3, 1-1 WAC) as he exploded for 209 yards rushing on 33 carries and trotted
into the end zone twice. Matt Faulkner contributed significantly as he
completed 24-of-38 passes for 236 yards and two scores. For SJSU, which had
dropped 10 straight WAC outings, the victory halted the longest losing streak
in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Matt Christian led the Aggies (1-3, 0-1) as he completed 17-of-28 attempts for
238 yards and a score. Christian also ran for 58 yards and reached the end
zone once on the ground. Kenny Turner accounted for 129 yards and a touchdown
on 17 attempts, while Taveon Rogers racked up 187 all-purpose yards.
New Mexico State scored on its first possession to take an early lead as
Tyler Stampler knocked through a 19-yard field goal to give the visitors an
early 3-0 advantage.
On the next play from scrimmage, Brandon Rutley found a seam in the Aggies'
defense and ran 66 yards for a touchdown for the hosts.
Neither team could get much going after the initial scores in the first half
until a Dasmen Stewart fumble gave NMSU the ball in Spartan territory. The
Aggies took advantage of the short field by orchestrating a touchdown drive
which ended with an 18-yard TD pass from Christian to Turner.
SJSU kicker Jens Alvernik connected on a field goal from 42 yards away for the
Spartans to tie the score at 10-10 with just 17 seconds left in the half.
Ryan Otten grabbed a Faulkner pass and dashed 64 yards into the end zone on
the second play of the half to give the Spartans a 17-10 advantage.
It only took the New Mexico State offense four plays to respond as Christian
completed three passes before crossing the goal line himself on a nine-yard
run to tie the score at 17-17 less than three minutes into the third quarter.
Turner and the Aggies struck again about four minutes later as he raced to the
end zone on a 78-yard run to put the visiting team up, 24-17.
San Jose State responded by putting together a 14-play, 75-yard drive that
culminated with a three-yard TD pass from Faulkner to Otten for the score.
Otten's second touchdown reception of the quarter tied the score at 24-24 with
just over three minutes remaining in the third period.
San Jose State turned to the rushing attack and on his sixth straight run of
the drive, Rutley scored from two yards out to put the Spartans on top by a
touchdown a minute into the final quarter. Later in the stanza Alvernik
connected on a 31-yard field goal to give the Spartans some insurance in their
The Aggies hurt themselves with penalties, flagged a total of eight times for
76 yards while the Spartans were penalized just once for five yards.
09/24 21:10:27 ET