Penalties plagued the Bobcats, totaling seven for 65 yards. A majority of the setbacks came in the second half, while a large percentage of those came on critical downs when Texas State forced down and distance for the Spartans.
The Bobcats used a 48 yard run by freshman running back Tim Gay right before the end of the first half to put the offense in position to ultimately kick a 42-yard field goal by Will Johnson. Texas State went into halftime with a 20-17 lead, and a majority of the yardage came from the arm and legs of Shaun Rutherford.
Rutherford was accurate in the first half but his performance suffered just enough for San Jose State to take advantage in the second. The senior quarterback completed 14-25 passes for 130 yards and one interception. He also added 70 yards on the ground with a touchdown.
The Bobcats took the lead 7-3 after forcing the Spartans to kick a 20 yard field goal on a Marcus Curry one yard touchdown run. San Jose State responded with a 10 yard rushing touchdown on the ensuing drive from David Freeman, making the score 10-7.
After the Spartan touchdown and a Bobcat punt, cornerback Darryl Morris was able to pick off quarterback David Fales’ pass and return the ball to the 50 on the next San Jose State drive. Rutherford kept the ball and rushed for a 45 yard touchdown soon thereafter, taking the lead 14-10.
In the second half, the Spartans broke a couple of big plays en route to extending the lead in which the Bobcats were not able to regain. Fales threw a 78 yard touchdown pass to David Freeman in the third quarter. On the following drive for the Spartans, running back De’Leon Eskridge gave the Spartans a final 31-20 lead.
Fales was 26-38 for 376 yards, scoring two touchdowns and tossing two interceptions. Eskridge helped move the chains 28 times for the Spartans and rushed for 134 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown.
The Bobcats will move to 3-4 on the season after experiencing their first loss in the WAC.