6:00 PM ET, November 26, 2005
SPARTAN STADIUM (CA), SAN JOSE, CA
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 since 1997.
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 Arizona.
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 four interceptions.
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 turnovers.
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 seven carries.
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.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||7-18||2-13|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||1-1|
|TD||10:10||JOHN BROUSSARD 53 YD PASS FROM RUFUS SKILLERN (JARED STRUBECK KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 53 yards.
|TD||14:54||JAMES T. CALLIER 1 YD RUN (JARED STRUBECK KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 88 yards.
|FG||9:42||JARED STRUBECK 36 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 4 yards.
|TD||4:02||WES WILLIAMS 37 YD RUN (MIKE BARROW KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 85 yards.
|TD||0:11||JOHN BROUSSARD 17 YD PASS FROM ADAM TAFRALIS (BLOCKED XP)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||0:11||COLE SNYDER MISSED EXTRA POINT RETURN||11||23|
|FG||4:48||JARED STRUBECK 20 YD FG|
Drive info: 10 plays, 38 yards.
|TD||3:17||ANTWAUN SHERMAN 2 YD RUN (MIKE BARROW KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 62 yards.