The San Jose State Spartans bid for bowl eligibility was put on hold for another week and they also lost control of their own destiny in the Mountain West Conference’s West Division when the San Diego State Aztecs scored two touchdowns in the final 7:32 for a 34-30 win at Spartan Stadium Saturday night.
Tim Crawley hauled in his second touchdown pass of the night from David Falesm a 12-yarder, with 9:51 remaining to give the Spartans a 30-20 lead, but the Aztecs battled back, taking the lead with 3:32 left on a 12-yard touchdown run by Adam Muema.
Muema ended up with two touchdowns for the Aztecs and finished with 113 yards on 21 carries.
The Spartans’ final drive ended quickly. Fales threw three incompletions before his fourth-and-10 pass was intercepted by San Diego State’s J.J. Whittaker with 2:35 remaining. The Aztecs were able to run out the clock when Muema found enough space over the left side on a fourth-and-1 with less than a minute remaining and the Spartans out of timeouts.
Fales was 27-for-48 for 301 yards and three scores, but was picked off twice. Chandler Jones caught 11 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown.
With the loss the Spartans (5-4, 4-2) lost control of their destiny in the Mountain West as well. They came into the night trailing division-leading Fresno State by a game and they host the Bulldogs in the regular-season finale on Nov. 29.
Fresno State hammered Wyoming 48-10 Saturday to remain unbeaten (9-0, 6-0).
The win was the fifth in six games for the Aztecs (5-4, 4-1), who opened the season with a humiliating 40-19 loss at home to Football Championship Subdivision foe Eastern Illinois.
The Spartans are on the road next Saturday night, heading to Reno to play Nevada. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Pacific.
Cal Poly Hammers Sacramento State 42-7
The Sacramento State Hornets had no answers for Chris Brown in a 42-7 thumping at the hands of the Cal Poly Mustangs in San Luis Obispo Saturday night.
Brown was only 6-for-10 for 66 yards throwing the ball, but tossed four touchdown passes. But it was on the ground where Cal Poly did its damage, amassing 424 yards in the running game. Akaninyene Umoh had 129 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and Kristaan Ivory ran for 118 yards on 11 attempts.
Garrett Safron was 24-for-43 for 204 yards and a touchdown for the Hornets (4-6, 3-3 Big Sky Conference), but was also picked off twice. However, Sacramento State was held to 54 rushing yards on 25 attempts.
Safron connected with DeAndre Carter for a 15-yard touchdown reception midway through the second quarter to cut Cal Poly’s lead to 14-7, but the Mustangs closed with 28 unanswered points.
Sacramento State visits Portland State next Saturday for a 1:05 p.m. game.