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(Saturday, October 8th)
Final Score: BYU 29, San Jose State 16
Provo, UT (Sports Network) - BYU built up a big first half lead and held on for a solid 29-16 win over visiting San Jose State at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo in BYU's Homecoming contest.
The Cougars (4-2) racked up 443 yards of offense, while limiting the Spartans (2-4) to a mere 325 total yards. BYU quarterback Riley Nelson led the offensive charge, completing 14-of-24 passes, for 219 yards, with three TDs and two INTs. BYU added 224 yards on the ground, paced by Michael Alisa's 91 yards.
San Jose's Matt Faulkner completed 25-of-35 passes, for 255 yards and two INTs in the losing effort. Tight end Ryan Otten failed to find the end zone, but led SJSU with nine catches, for 108 yards.
BYU set the tone early on, recording a safety at the 9:09 mark of the first quarter to open the scoring. Two minutes later, Nelson connected with Richard Wilson on a 21-yard TD strike to give the Cougars a quick 9-0 lead.
San Jose State got on the scoreboard late in the quarter thanks to a 24-yard field goal by Jens Alvernik.
Nelson added two more TD passes in the second quarter, a one-yarder to Bryan Kariya and a 40-yarder to McKay Jacobsen to open up a 23-3 lead.
Alvernik connected again in the waning moments of the second quarter, a 40- yard field goal to make it a 23-6 BYU leads at intermission.
Jason Simpson made it 23-13 at the 6:09 mark of the third quarter on a one- yard TD run for the Spartans.
Justin Sorensen hit a 42-yard field goal with under a minute to go in the third quarter to make it 26-13.
Alvernik hit his third field goal of the game just over four minutes into the final frame, this one from 43 yards out, but Sorenson matched it with a 45- yarder three minutes later to close out the scoring and give BYU the 29-16 victory.
San Jose State leads the series 9-6. This marked the first meeting between these two teams since 1998 and just the second since 1969.
10/09 02:11:19 ET