Scores

Final

San Jose State 0

(3-5, 2-2 MW)

Fresno State 30

(5-2, 4-0 MW)

5:00 PM ET, October 20, 2007

Bulldog Stadium (CA), Fresno, CA

1 2 3 4 T
SJSU 0 0 0 00
FRES 3 3 21 330

Top Performers

Passing: A. Tafralis (SJSU) - 254 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Mathews (FRES) - 16 CAR, 144 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Richmond (SJSU) - 5 REC, 119 YDS

Fresno St. 30, San Jose St. 0

Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Ryan Mathews had a 58-yard touchdown run while rushing for 144 yards and two scores, and surging Fresno State remained perfect in conference play with a 30-0 victory over rival San Jose State on Saturday.

Tom Brandstater passed for 132 yards and Clint Stitser kicked three field goals for Fresno State (5-2, 4-0 Western Athletic Conference), which has rebounded nicely from last season's 4-8 record, the school's worst in almost 30 years.

After trouncing their instate WAC rivals, the Bulldogs have four straight wins -- and road losses to Oregon and Texas A&M are their only blemishes heading into Friday night's home showdown with Boise State.

Mathews, the Bulldogs' promising freshman tailback, made another long scoring run to cap Fresno State's three TDs in a 10-minute stretch of the third quarter.

With a defense that repeatedly made fourth-down stops, Fresno State avenged last season's 24-14 loss to San Jose State, which snapped the Spartans' 12-game losing streak in the rivalry and propelled them into a New Mexico Bowl victory.

Adam Tafralis passed for 254 yards and rushed for 97 more for the Spartans (3-5, 2-2), who had won three straight before last week's overtime loss to Hawaii. San Jose State's last chance to avoid its second shutout loss of the season ended at the Fresno State 7 with 5:50 to play.

San Jose State outgained Fresno State 201-165 in the first half, but went to the locker room trailing 6-0 because of a baffling string of ineptitude by its kickers.

Will Johnson missed two field goals in the first half, stretching the Spartans' streak of missed field goals to nine straight by two kickers. Coach Dick Tomey abandoned his kicking game from then on, but the Spartans failed to convert on four straight fourth downs in Fresno State territory -- including a third-quarter TD pass negated by a penalty.

A.J. Jefferson opened the second half with a 61-yard kickoff return, and Fresno State capped the drive with Mathews' 14-yard TD run. After Lonyae Miller made a 2-yard scoring run on the Bulldogs' next drive, Mathews ran straight through the line and beat the San Jose State secondary for his long TD dash with 4:05 left in the third.

Mathews, a top recruit from Bakersfield, already had TD runs of 67 and 54 yards earlier this season. He leads the Bulldogs with nine touchdowns, including seven in the last three games.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SJSU
FRES
1st Downs1822
Total Yards394383
Passing254132
Rushing140251
Penalties12-904-35
3rd Down Conversions4-165-13
4th Down Conversions1-70-1
Turnovers11
Possession28:5431:06

Passing Leaders

San Josť StC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tafralis22/412546.201
Fresno StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brandstater16/261325.100

Rushing Leaders

San Josť StCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tafralis15976.5037
Hunsucker22512.5021
Fresno StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Mathews161449.0258
Miller11423.8111

Receiving Leaders

San Josť StRECYDSAVGTDLG
Richmond511923.8052
Jurovich8587.3018
Fresno StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Pascoe4389.5016
Smith33812.7024

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSJSUFRES
FG01:05Clint Stitser 35 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 60 yds, 1:19
03
SECOND QUARTERSJSUFRES
FG00:00Clint Stitser 40 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 43 yds, 1:04
06
THIRD QUARTERSJSUFRES
TD13:58Ryan Mathews 14 Yd Run (Clint Stitser Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 34 yds, 1:02
013
TD09:24Lonyae Miller 2 Yd Run (Clint Stitser Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 41 yds, 2:30
020
TD04:05Ryan Mathews 58 Yd Run (Clint Stitser Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 79 yds, 3:26
027
FOURTH QUARTERSJSUFRES
FG10:17Clint Stitser 44 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 27 yds, 2:14
030