San Jose State Football Game Notes

News and Notes from San Jose State's 29-13 loss to BYU on Saturday in Provo, Utah.

Courtesy: San Jose State Athletics

Neither Brandon Rutley nor offensive guard Fred Koloto participated in pregame warm-ups. Jason Simpson started at running back in place of Rutley. Moa Ngatuvai started at left guard for Koloto. Ngatuvai made his first start of the season and first since the 2007 season when he started 11 times.

In their first extended amount of playing time, running backs Tyler Ervin and Jason Simpson combined to gain 79 yards on 19 carries. The BYU game marked the first time in five games San Jose State did not gain at least 100 yards in rushing.

Jens Alvernik extended his field goal streak to six in a row with conversions of 24 and 40 yards in the first half and a season-long 43 in the second half. His three field goals ties a school record held by 11 other San Jose State placekickers.

Senior Josh Harrison caught his first pass of the season, a 24-yard play in the first quarter. Harrison entered the season with 73 career receptions, most among returning San Jose State players.

San Jose State has intercepted seven passes in the last four games. In the second quarter, safety James Orth came up with his third interception of the season and second in as many games. Bene Benwikere notched his first interception of the season in the third quarter of the BYU game.

Tight end Ryan Otten and wide receiver Noel Grigsby each had a single-game pass receiving best in the BYU contest. Otten exceeded his single-game career best of six receptions with seven catches in the first half and finished with nine reception and 108 yards. Noel Grigsby topped his previous best of eight catches in a game with 11 catches, finishing with 88 yards.

Grigsby became the first Spartan in three years with 10 or more receptions in a game. Kevin Jurovich caught 11 passes for 99 yards in the 2008 season-opener against UC Davis.

For the second game in a row, Ryan Otten exceeding 100 yards in pass receiving with 108 yards.

Keith Smith picked up his third double-digit tackle game of the season in the BYU contest. He had a season-high 16 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

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