The San Jose State Spartans defeated the New Mexico Lobos tonight, 38-21, inside CEFCU Stadium to improve to 2-0 on the season.
The 2-0 start to the season is the first time San Jose State started the season 2-0 since 1987 when the Spartans defeated Eastern Illinois and California to open that season. It’s also the first 2-0 conference start for SJSU since 2011 when the Spartans were in the WAC.
San Jose State was the better team in the first half, but only led 21-14 at halftime.
New Mexico quickly tied the game at 21-21 with just under 11 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
The Spartans responded with a field goal to take the 24-21 lead. And then had a 70-yard touchdown as time expired in the third quarter and never looked back after that.
Spartans quarterback Nick Starkel had a heck of a game. He completed 34 passes on 47 attempts for 467 yards and a career-high 5 touchdown passes.
Nick Nash briefly filled in for Starkel when Starkel had a back issue. Nash complete 1-of-2 passes for 14 yards and ran for 11 yards.
San Jose State’s rushing attack wasn’t there again tonight, as the Spartans only ran for 98 yards. Isaiah Holiness led the Spartans with 31 yards on 9 rushing attempts.
The other issue SJSU had tonight were the penalties. They had nine penalties for 65 yards.
SJSU will have their first road game of the season next week. The Spartans play at San Diego State on Friday night, November 6, at 8:00 PM (CT) / 6:00 PM (PT). The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network (CBSSN).