SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- John Broussard caught two touchdown
passes and Josh Powell had three interceptions to help San Jose
State end coach Dick Tomey's first season on a positive note with a
26-18 victory over Idaho on Saturday.
After breaking an eight-game losing streak last week against
winless New Mexico State, the Spartans (3-8, 2-6 Western Athletic
Conference) followed it up with another win, their first
consecutive victories since 2002 and their first to end a season
It was still Tomey's worst season as a head coach; he had never
lost more than six games in a season in 24 years at Hawaii and
Broussard caught a 53-yard pass from fellow receiver Rufus
Skillern after a reverse for San Jose State's first score and added
a 17-yard reception from Adam Tafralis in the third quarter.
Powell and the defense did much of the rest of the work against
the Vandals (2-9, 2-6). Steven Wichman threw interceptions on three
of his first seven passes and finished 14-for-34 for 135 yards and
Idaho scored on a 37-yard reverse by Wes Williams and a pair of
big plays from linebacker Cole Snyder. Snyder tackled Yonus Davis
for a 4-yard loss for a safety in the second quarter and returned a
blocked extra point after Broussard's second TD for two more points
to cut San Jose State's lead to 23-11. Snyder also had an
interception and 17 tackles.
Antwaun Sherman, who ran for 73 yards for the Vandals, added a
2-yard score with 3:17 left to make it 26-18.
Tafralis went 7-for-16 for 85 yards for the Spartans and Al
Guidry ran for 65 more. Jared Strubeck added a pair of field goals.
Powell's three interceptions tied a school record, most recently
accomplished by Gerald Jones against Stanford in 2002. Bobby
Godinez also intercepted a pass for San Jose State.
Idaho's first three drives of the game ended with interceptions
by Wichman. But the Spartans could only score after one of those
After Powell's first interception gave the Spartans the ball on
their 47, Tafralis pitched to Davis who then handed the ball to
Skillern. Skillern lofted the ball down field to Broussard, who
stretched to catch the ball at the 20 and ran it in from there to
make it 7-0.
Davis had runs of 39 and 11 yards later in the quarter to set up
James T. Callier's 1-yard run on the opening play of the second
quarter to make it 14-0.
Davis, who had 278 yards rushing his last two games, left later
in the quarter with a hip pointer and finished with 52 yards on
The Vandals also lost their starting running back with an injury
early in the game. Tracy Ford didn't return after spraining his
right ankle in the first quarter.