Scores

Final

San Jose State 31

(5-2, 2-2 away)

New Mexico St 14

(3-3, 1-2 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

8:00 PM ET, October 18, 2008

Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM

1 2 3 4 T
SJSU 14 7 0 1031
NMSU 0 7 0 714

Top Performers

Passing: C. Holbrook (NMSU) - 206 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: Y. Davis (SJSU) - 21 CAR, 107 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Williams (NMSU) - 12 REC, 146 YDS, 1 TD

San Jose St. 31, New Mexico St. 14

Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Kyle Flynn found different ways to punish New Mexico State on Saturday as the Spartans beat the Aggies 31-14.

In addition to six tackles, Flynn returned a 90-yard interception as San Jose State (5-2, 3-0 Western Athletic Conference) opened its conference season with three consecutive wins for the first time in 13 years.

"I knew that if I didn't make it my brother and (SJSU receiver) David Richmond would never speak to me again," Flynn said.

The run by Flynn was the second longest interception return for a TD in San Jose State history.

"We got an early lead and we were playing so well on defense," San Jose State coach Dick Tomey said. "They were having trouble blocking our front, and when you have trouble blocking the front it's hard to move the ball."

The Aggies (3-3, 1-1 WAC) fell to 0-4 against the Spartans since NMSU joined the WAC in 2005.

"It was a hard fought defensive battle," New Mexico State coach Hal Mumme said. "Our defense played good enough for us to win, but we just couldn't handle them up front. We were scratching and pecking anyplace we could."

San Jose State dealt another blow when Duke Ihenacho picked off an Aggie screen pass and returned for a 43-yard TD and 21-point advantage early in the second quarter.

Chris Williams responded with a 73-yard catch-and-run play followed by a 7-yard diving TD catch to put NMSU on the scoreboard at 21-7, where the score remained through the third quarter.

Chase Holbrook narrowed the deficit to 21-14 seconds into the fourth quarter with a 2-yard rush, but a 33-yard field goal by Jared Strubeck and a 12-yard TD rush by Brandon Rutley sealed the Spartan victory with five minutes remaining.

The San Jose State defense pounded Holbrook, who gave up 2 interceptions and 5 sacks as he completed 23-of-38 for 206 yards in the face of the Spartan defensive attack. J.J. McDermott relieved Holbrook late in the final quarter and finished with 43 yards as he went 5-for-7, with one sack and one interception.

Kyle Reed threw three interceptions of his own as he connected for 50 on 8-of-18 attempts.

The Spartan offense gained 151 yards rushing compared to 35 yards by NMSU.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SJSU
NMSU
1st Downs1117
Total Yards201284
Passing50249
Rushing15135
Penalties6-577-50
3rd Down Conversions4-145-16
4th Down Conversions0-12-2
Turnovers34
Possession25:5234:08

Passing Leaders

San Josť StC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Reed8/18502.803
New Mexico StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Holbrook23/382065.412

Rushing Leaders

San Josť StCARYDSAVGTDLG
Davis211075.1132
Rutley9505.6112
New Mexico StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hughes13333.0033
Perez5265.2018

Receiving Leaders

San Josť StRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harrison3299.7014
Richmond3124.0010
New Mexico StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams1214612.2173
Harris6335.5017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSJSUNMSU
TD13:59Yonus Davis 32 Yd Run (Jared Strubeck Kick) 70
TD10:05Kyle Flynn 90 Yd Interception Return (Jared Strubeck Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTERSJSUNMSU
TD14:00Duke Ihenacho 43 Yd Interception Return (Jared Strubeck Kick) 210
TD11:50Chris Williams 7 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Kyle Hughes Kick) 217
FOURTH QUARTERSJSUNMSU
TD14:05Chase Holbrook 2 Yd Run (Kyle Hughes Kick) 2114
FG07:09Jared Strubeck 33 Yd 2414
TD05:09Brandon Rutley 12 Yd Run (Jared Strubeck Kick) 3114