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San Jose State vs. Idaho: Spartans now bowl eligible

With a 42-13 victory over the Vandals, San Jose State will go bowling for the first time since 2008.

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San Jose State vs. Idaho final: Spartans win 42-13

The San Jose State Spartans used a huge second half to become bowl eligible, beating the Idaho Vandals, 42-13, at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho, on Saturday evening.

The Spartans moved to 7-2 on the season by outscoring Idaho 28-6 in the second half. Quarterback David Fales tossed four touchdown passes on the day, including three in the second half. Fales threw for 328 yards, as four different Spartan receivers pulled in days of 60 yards or more. Noel Grigsby led that receiving corp with 88 yards and two receiving touchdowns.

Idaho cut the score to 14-13 midway through the third quarter with a 33-yard field goal from Trey Farquhar, but San Jose State took over from there. The Spartans added extra insult less than a minute after Fales' final touchdown pass of the day put them up 35-13. Bene Benwikere intercepted an Idaho pass and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown.

Box Score Hero: David Fales, who was 27-39 for 328 yards and four touchdowns.

Rankings Ramifications: San Jose State may begin to receive some votes, but this has little impact on rankings.

But Did They Cover? Favored by 21.5 points, San Jose State did cover.

Next Week's Schedule: The Spartans stay on the road for a game against New Mexico State, while the Vandals play at BYU.

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Spartans extend lead to 28-13 after 3rd quarter

The San Jose State Spartans lead the Idaho Vandals, 28-13, after three quarters of play at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Id.

The Spartans extended their 14-10 halftime lead on a pair of quick-hitting scoring drives. The first came on a five-play, 75-yard drive that took just 1:27 off the clock, as quarterback David Fales completed three passes for 62 yards. The score came when Fales hit Noel Grigsby on a 15-yard touchdown pass.

Less than a minute before the quarter ended, the Spartans completed a 2:16 drive when Chandler Jones hauled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from Fales. Through three quarters, Fales is 22-33 for 273 yards and three touchdowns. Both Grigsby and Jabari Carr have 82 receiving yards and one touchdown reception to lead San Jose State receivers.

Idaho cut its deficit to just 14-13, scoring first in the third quarter when Trey Farquhar put through a 33-yard field goal.

San Jose State has outgained the Vandals 350-178 thus far.

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Spartans lead 14-7 despite 3 turnovers

The San Jose St. Spartans recovered from an ugly start and have taken a one possession lead against the Idaho Vandals, 14-7. San Jose turned the ball over three times in the opening quarter but were only down 7-0 entering the second, and a more disciplined effort has them entering the locker room up by seven.

De'Leon Eskridge put the Spartans on the board first with a one yard rushing touchdown to tie the game. He has 42 yards on 12 attempts through the half. David Fales is 13 for 18, with 1 touchdown and 1 interceptions. Jabari Carr was the man who came down the the touchdown reception, one of the four he pulled in for 49 yards.

The Spartan defense has held the Vandals to a total of 47 yards, 45 through the air and a net of two on the ground. The defense managed three sacks in the first half, with Travis Johnson, David Tuitupou and Anthony Larceval getting in on the fun.

There's a lot of football left to play, but the Spartans are ahead and just 30 minutes away from returning to bowl eligibility.

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Spartans trail Idaho after 1st quarter

Despite turning the ball over three times in the first quarter, the San Jose St. Spartans only trail the Idaho Vandals by seven points, though they are being shut out. Idaho took the 7-0 lead despite being outgained by San Jose 55 yards to 26.

David Freeman muffed the opening kickoff, handing the ball to the Vandals inside the red zone, which led to Idaho taking a 7-0 lead within the first minute. David Fales threw an interception on the following drive, but San Jose's defense was able to a make a stop and escape without damage. The next offensive drive for the Spartans ended with a turnover on downs, and the follies continued on the next possession. After the defense stopped Idaho again, Ronnie Yell fumbled the following Vandal punt, handing the ball over yet again.

Fales is 4 for 7 for 27 yards. De'Leon Eskridge leads the team in rushing, with 24 yards on six carries. The offensive troubles are widespread. Blake Jurich entered the game to pick up a first down on a wildcat snap, but he was stopped short of the line and SJSU was forced to punt.

It's still early in Idaho, but if the Spartans want the win that will get them to bowl eligibility, they'll need to settle in and find something that works on offense.

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Idaho seems to have San Jose State's number

The Spartans are well aware of the fact that they've lost three straight games to the Idaho Vandals, and they'll be looking to end that skid this weekend.


San Jose State vs. Idaho lines and odds

The 6-2 San Jose State Spartans opened as heavy favorites against 1-7 Idaho.

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