Game Notes from 38-31 Win over CSU

Can San Jose State play with the Mountain West Conference? Today's 38-31 win over Colorado State is certainly a statement. But you might be pleasantly surprised at the Spartans' recent record against the MWC, as well as other facts.

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San Jose State now is 4-2 against Mountain West schools since 2006 following its 38-31 victory over Colorado State. The Spartans beat the Rams for the second time in five meetings and first since 1961.

After missing the New Mexico State win due to an elbow injury, cornerback Peyton Thompson returned to the starting lineup for the Colorado State game.

San Jose State's 24 first-half points are the most by a Spartan team since the November 10, 2007 game when the Spartans scored 30 points in a 51-17 win over New Mexico State.

San Jose State became the first team to score a touchdown in the first quarter against Colorado State this season.

Tight end Ryan Otten and running back Brandon Rutley have scored touchdowns in back-toback games. Each player scored twice in the New Mexico State win.

Brandon Rutley's 12-yard touchdown run marked the fourth game in a row the San Jose State running back scored a touchdown. Rutley is the team's leading scorer with six touchdowns in the last four games. He scored once at UCLA and against Nevada and twice in the New Mexico State and Colorado State victories.

Harrison Waid set a single-game school record with a 58.6 yards per punt average. He became the second punter in San Jose State history with three punts of 60 or more yards in a game. His career long 72-yard punt to open the fourth quarter matches the eighth longest punt in school history. Waid also had punts of 62 and 63 yards in the second quarter. It was the second time in his career he has punts of 60 or more yards on consecutive punts. He first did it in the 2010 Nevada game. In the 1996 Air Force game, Joe Furlow became the first Spartan punter with three punts of 60 or more yards.

Duke Ihenacho became the first Spartan to score on a fumble recovery since Tony Ficklin picked up a fumble and ran 20 yards for a score in the November 20, 2004 Tulsa win. The touchdown was Ihenacho's third career touchdown. In 2008, Ihenacho returned two interceptions for touchdowns.

James Orth came up with his second interception of the season and second in as many games. Ryan Otten picked up his first 100-plus yard receiving game of the season and second of his career in the Colorado State. Otten matched his single-game career high of six receptions for the second week in a row and gained 102 yards.

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