San Jose State suffers fifth consecutive loss
San Jose State unable to defend Valley Trophy for third straight year
Homecoming week action fails to spark San Jose State
SAN JOSE — The Spartans’ plan to hoist the Valley Trophy for the third straight year failed as they lost to the Bulldogs 27-10 at CEFCU Stadium on Saturday night.
Fresno State won the coin toss, but elected to defer. Therefore, San Jose State received the opening kickoff. Zamore Zigler gained nine yards on the Spartans’ first play from scrimmage.
The end zone was wide open as Marcus McMaryion threw a pass intended for Jared Rice, but Rice was unable to make the necessary catch for Fresno State. Yet, Ronnie Rivers scored a 15-yard rushing touchdown and the Bulldogs took a 7-0 lead with 6:06 left in the first quarter.
San Jose State’s defense continued to falter. Rivers ran three yards for his second rushing touchdown of the game for a 14-0 Fresno State lead with 2:29 left in the first quarter.
Fresno State held a 14-0 lead over San Jose State after the first quarter.
“Stop” was the perfect word to describe the beginning of the second quarter. San Jose State held Fresno State to a punt and took over at their 12-yard line.
However, San Jose State was unable to completely stop Fresno State in the second quarter. The Bulldogs were at first and goal, and Josh Hokit scored a one-yard rushing touchdown to give his team a commanding 21-0 lead with just 35 seconds left in the quarter.
Fresno State carried their 21-0 lead to the locker room at the half.
San Jose State finally got on the board with 6:24 left in the third quarter. Josh Love threw a pass to Josh Oliver, who scored a six-yard passing touchdown to reduce Fresno State’s lead to 21-7.
Fresno State was up 21-7 after three quarters.
The start of the fourth quarter began on the Fresno State 21, and the Bulldogs got a fourth down.
Fresno State extended their lead to 24-7 on a successful field goal attempt by Jimmy Camacho at 13:40 of the fourth quarter.
Two field goals were scored in a span of 2:24 in the fourth quarter. San Jose State was in field goal range, and Bryce Crawford got a notable 51-yard field goal to cut Fresno State’s lead to 24-10 with 8:36 left. Fresno State responded with a field goal of their own. Camacho kicked a season-long 50-yard field goal to extend the Bulldogs’ lead to 27-10 with 6:14 left.
San Jose State’s losing skid extended to five games after a 27-10 loss to Fresno State at home.
The Spartans head to Aloha Stadium to take on the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Saturday, October 14. Kick off starts at 6 p.m. HST.