The San José State Spartans football team opened the season on a high note Thursday night in front of 13,480 fans after third year head coach Brent Brennan’s first two season openers ended in disappointing fashion.
“I think anytime you play well and you make some mistakes while finding a way to win, you give your team confidence that ‘we can do this,'” Brennan said. “That we can execute and run the scheme. I think there’s some stuff we will look at defensively that could have been even better.”
Quarterback Josh Love made it clear the team was looking to go to 2-0 next week. “I think we need to not stay so high, keep an even-keeled attitude,” Love said. “We’ve got Tulsa next week and we have to move on and keep going forward.”
Love completed 15 of his first 18 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown, plus another score on the ground. SJSU also had 117 rushing yards at the half, controlling the game but not putting the Bears away, only leading 21-6.
SJSU’s defense was led by senior linebacker Ethan Aguayo’s 20 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack. Linebacker Jesse Osuna added 8 tackles, but a targeting penalty in the final minutes of the game ejected him and he will have to sit out for the first half of the Tulsa game next week.