SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Adam Tafralis threw for two touchdowns
in leading San Jose State to a 31-10 victory over San Diego State
on Saturday and matching its best start in 20 years.
John Broussard caught touchdown passes of 47 and 68 yards as the
Spartans (3-1) snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Aztecs,
and won their third straight.
Tafralis completed 17 of 21 passes for 234 yards and has
completed 77 percent of his passes on the season. Broussard caught
five passes for 167 yards.
The Aztecs lost starting quarterback Darren Mougey to a
separated right shoulder in the middle of the third quarter. They
lost their fourth straight and are 0-4 for the first time since
starting 0-6 in 2002.
Mougey, who finished with 69 yards on 7-of-9 passing, is the
second signal caller to go down for San Diego State. Kevin
O'Connell suffered ligament damage in his right thumb in the season
Mougey was injured on a roughing-the-passer call on San Jose
State's Justin Cole. He was replaced by redshirt freshman Kevin
Craft, who made his debut with a brief appearance in the Aztecs'
38-7 loss to Utah last Saturday.
The Spartans opened the scoring with two quick strikes within
six minutes of each other. Brossard caught his first touchdown from
wide receiver James Jones on an option play with 5:54 left in the
Following a short Aztecs' punt and a personal foul on San Diego
State, which was penalized 11 times for 103 yards on the day and
had a player ejected, Tafralis scrambled 15 yards to set up Patrick
Perry's one-yard run 35 seconds into the second quarter.
San Diego State rallied in the final six minutes of the half.
The Aztecs had to settle for Garrett Palmer's 30-yard field goal
after a holding call brought back a big play inside the Spartans'
Terrell Maze recovered a fumble on San Jose State's 27-yard line
which resulted in Tyler Campbell's one-yard run to bring the Aztecs
within 14-10 by halftime.
San Jose State cornerback Dwight Lowrey intercepted a pass for
the fourth consecutive game, the third Spartan to do so and the
first since 2002. The 6-1 junior outjumped 6-4 receiver Chaz
Schilens in single coverage, setting up San Jose State's first
touchdown. Lowrey leads the nation with seven interceptions.
San Jose State's Jared Strubeck missed a short field goal try,
his first in nine tries, early in the second half. That sparked San
Diego State, which was driving and had the momentum when Mougey was
After the Aztecs' drive stalled, Tafralis connected with
Broussard -- who has caught a pass in 26 straight -- on a 68-yard
touchdown play to put the Spartans up 21-10.
San Diego State failed on a fourth down conversion and the
Spartans took advantage, scoring on Tafralis' 12-yard pass to
Chester Coleman late in the third quarter.
Strubeck added a 34-yard field goal midway through the final