(Saturday, November 12th)
Final Score: Utah State 34, San Jose State 33
Logan, UT (Sports Network) - Adam Kennedy hit Matt Austin with a 21-yard scoring pass with just 47 seconds left on the clock to lift the Utah State Aggies to a 34-33 victory over the San Jose State Spartans in a Western Athletic Conference battle at Romney Stadium.
Kennedy paced Utah State (4-5, 2-2 WAC) while under center in the win, completing 21-of-27 passes for 255 yards and a touchdown with one interception. Robert Turbin led the Aggies ground-attack, rushing for 128 yards and a pair of scores on 22 totes.
Matt Faulkner threw for 340 yards and one touchdown to lead San Jose State (3-7, 2-4) in a losing effort, with Jabari Carr grabbing four passes for 88 yards and a score. Brandon Rutley added 63 yards and a touchdown on the ground as well for the Spartans.
A 27-yard Jens Alvernik field goal gave the Spartans a 3-0 lead early in the opening period of play.
Alvernik connected again just minutes later to extend the SJSU lead.
The Aggies responded less than two minutes later, taking a 7-6 lead on a 39- yard Turbin run.
On the ensuing kickoff, Tyler Ervin broke free for a 95-yard touchdown to put the Spartans back on top, 13-7.
Rutley then found the end zone late in the frame after a five-yard run to give SJSU a 20-7 advantage.
Defense took over in the second quarter, as neither squad was able to put points on the board.
Turbin pulled Utah State to within 20-14 early in the third period following a four-yard scamper.
A 21-yard Alvernik kick gave SJSU a 23-14 advantage, but the Aggies responded less than a minute later with a 77-yard Michael Smith run.
Faulkner put the Spartans ahead, 30-21, early in the final period of play with a 34-yard toss to Carr, and a 24-yard kick from Alvernik midway through the frame extended the SJSU lead further.
Just minutes later, however, Kennedy hooked up with Travis Van Leeuwen on a 14-yard strike to pull the Aggies within 33-28.
The Aggies defense then held SJSU off the board on their next possession, and Kennedy was able to orchestrate an eight-play, 75-yard drive that culminated in a 21-yard scoring strike to Austin with just 47 seconds left on the clock. A two-point conversion attempt failed, but the Aggies were able to hold on for the one-point win.
11/12 19:39:37 ET