San Jose State was looking to improve to 1-1 in their second game of the season
Both teams lost their home openers in Week 0
For the first time since 1981, San Jose State plays its first two games of a season at home
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Spartans won their second game of the season with a 34-13 victory over the Mustangs to improve to 1-1.
There was a lot of competition throughout the stadium, but both coaches—Brent Brennan and Joe Seumalo—were members of the Cal Poly coaching staff from 2001 to 2004. The Mustangs had a 25-19 win-loss record in those four seasons and won the 2004 Great West Conference championship.
Unlike last week, Cal Poly got on the board first. Mustangs kicker Casey Sublette drilled a 35-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 6:58 left in the first quarter.
The Spartan defense allowed just 45 yards in the first, but the Mustang capitalized on a fumble recovery for a 35-yard field goal. San Jose State trailed Cal Poly 3-0 after 15 minutes.
Spartans wide receiver Tre Walker hauled in his first career reception at San Jose State. However, Cal Poly stole the spotlight as Sublette kicked another 35-yard field goal to make it 6-0 Mustangs at 12:33 of the second quarter.
The Spartans took their first lead of the game 7-6 with 9:18 left in the second. JaQuan Blackwell scored on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Montel Aaron to tie the score. Then, Bryce Crawford got the extra point on a successful kick attempt to put San Jose State ahead.
Spartans defensive tackle Owen Roberts picked up his first takeaway of the season as he fell on the Mustangs’ fumble with 5:07 left in the second. Cal Poly challenged the fumble recovery, but the ruling was confirmed for San Jose State.
Sublette attempted a down-to-the-wire field goal from the 47-yard line, but it fell short in the final seconds of the second. The Spartans held a 7-6 lead over the Mustangs at halftime.
After an offside penalty on Mustangs linebacker Anders Turner was declined, the Spartans grabbed a 14-6 lead at 10:55 of the third quarter. Wide receiver Tre Hartley helped pad San Jose State’s lead by catching a 13-yard touchdown pass from Aaron. In addition, the PAT kick by Crawford was good for the extra point.
The Spartans expanded their lead to 20-6 when wide receiver Bailey Gaither sped through the Mustangs’ defense for a 49-yard touchdown run with 2:24 left in the third. The kick by Crawford was up, but it wasn’t good.
The Spartans were up 20-6 after three quarters of play.
The Mustangs responded to the Spartans’ touchdown with one of their own on a 12-yard, 44-yard drive. Khaleel Jenkins dived one yard over a right guard for a rushing touchdown and Sublette added the extra point to bring the score within seven points, 20-13, at 13:37 of the fourth quarter.
Zamore Zigler rushed for 17 yards to the Cal Poly 0 for a touchdown. Crawford made an extra point to increase the Spartans’ lead to 27-13 with 7:50 left in the fourth.
A forced fumble by William Ossai was recovered by Jamal Scott, who ran for 22 yards for the touchdown. Once again, Crawford got the extra point. The Spartans built up a 34-13 lead over the Mustangs 34-13 with 7:41 left in the fourth.
The Spartans overcame a sluggish start to blow out the Mustangs 34-13 at CEFCU Stadium.
The Spartans head to the Darrel K. Royal—Texas Memorial Stadium to take on the Texas Longhorns on Saturday, September 9 at 2:30 p.m. CST.