San Jose, CA—The San Jose State Spartans (1-0) entered the game ranked number 24 in the country. They returned 23 starters from their Mountain West championship team and were 24-point favorites over the Southern Utah Thunderbirds (0-1).
SJSU Head Coach Brent Brennan was recently named Coach of the Year by three different prestigious associations and now has high expectations amongst the Spartan faithful. The Spartans demonstrated what the King of the Mountain West could do.
In the 1st half of play, the Spartans scored five touchdowns in under three minutes or less. In that half, quarterback Nick Starkel continued his prolific passing attack and went 12-20, 348 yards, and three touchdowns. Spartan Running Back Tyler Nevins averaged 9.4 yards per carry on the ground, and scored a touchdown. SJSU put the game out of reach in the first half with a 38-14 lead going into the break.
Southern Utah made it interesting when Kobe Singleton snatched a pick six interception which shifted the momentum towards the Thunderbirds. SJSU hunkered down on defense and Southern Utah was no match for the SJSU high power offense. Spartan QB Starkel finished with 394 yards, 4 touchdowns and a interception.
Other players to watch this season for the Spartans are Tight End Derrick Deese, Jr.; Defensive Lineman Vilami Fehoko; and Linebacker Hadari Darden. They all impacted the game tonight. It will be interesting to see how SJSU handles more formidable opponents.
Up next is Pac 12 Powerhouse USC. This will be a true measuring stick for the Spartans.