San Jose State has three wins in its last four season openers
This was the first meeting between these two teams
San Jose State has a 13-game regular season schedule for the first time since 2010 and fifth time in school history
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Spartans hosted the No. 19 South Florida Bulls in their first game under new head coach Brent Brennan. The Bulls, on the other hand, were happy to get a head start on the beginning of the Charlie Strong era.
Both teams started off with a quick three-and-out. The Spartan defense looked extremely strong. Bryce Crawford attempted a 34-yard field goal to give San Jose State a 3-0 lead at 11:24 of the first quarter.
USF lost a key player when defensive tackle Deadrin Senat was ejected from the game for targeting as he less head first with a hit on Spartans quarterback Josh Love.
Love rebounded and made a great throw to Bailey Gaither for a 10-yard touchdown to put the Spartans ahead 9-0 at 8:28. Crawford then made it 10-0 San Jose State with a successful kick attempt.
The Spartans continued to look strong as Love found Gaither for a six-yard touchdown. However, Crawford’s kick was blocked, and San Jose State settled for a 16-0 lead with 3:11 left in the first.
The Spartans led the the preseason AAC favorites 16-0 after the first quarter, but that would be the end of their lead as the Spartans would fade away to the more talent South Florida squad.
The Bulls finally got on the board as Quinton Flowers threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Darnel Salomon, and the kick by Emilio Nadelman was good. South Florida cut the deficit to 16-7 at 13:41 of the second quarter.
The Bulls struck again. Spartans tight end Josh Oliver bobbled a pass that was intercepted by South Florida. Then, D’Ernest Johnson scored on a two-yard rush, and Nadelman gave his team an extra point, which cut the Spartans’ lead 16-14 at 9:25.
The Bulls followed up with another touchdown. Temi Alaka caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from Flowers, and Nadelman kicked an extra point to put South Florida ahead 21-16 at 7:13.
That score proved to be the game-winning score for South Florida.
Johnson scored his second touchdown of the game by rushing up the middle for 50 yards and expanded the Bulls’ lead to 28-16 with 2:10 left in the second.
The Spartans got off to a fast start, but the Bulls defense stifled the home team. South Florida led San Jose State 28-16 at the half.
The Bulls put together a seven-play, 80-yard drive, capped by a one-yard rushing touchdown by Darius Tice. South Florida led 35-16 at 7:35 of the third quarter and ed by 19 after three.
Flowers notched his first rushing touchdown of the season and gave the Bulls their fourth of the night. South Florida took a 42-16 lead at 9:57.
The Spartans made a quarterback change in the fourth quarter. Montel Aaron entered the game, replacing Love.
San Jose State broke the Bulls’ scoring streak at 42 points when Aaron threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Justin Holmes. Moreover, the offside yard penalty on South Florida was declined, and Crawford’s kick attempt was blocked. San Jose State trailed 42-22 with 8:25 left in the fourth.
The Spartans put together a very good star to the gsme but once South Florida righted their ship they were the dominant team in their 42-22 win.
The Spartans host the Cal Poly Mustangs on Saturday, September 2 at 4:30 p.m. PST.