SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Senior Kama Bailey knows how to return kickoffs. On Saturday, he showed some moves as a running back, helping Idaho end a frustrating losing streak.
Bailey, Idaho's all-time leader in kickoff return yardage, rushed for 163 yards, his first career 100-plus yard game, and two touchdowns in helping the Vandals rally to a 32-29 victory over San Jose State on Saturday.
Taylor Davis threw his first touchdown pass of the season, a 13-yard strike to Mike LaGrone with less than four minutes to play, to give Idaho (2-7, 1-4 in WAC play) its first lead at 25-22.
Ryan Bass scored two minutes later to put the Vandals ahead convincingly 32-22. Bailey helped set up the final score, breaking off a 70-yard run.
The Spartans (3-6, 2-3) scored the first 20 points of the game but failed to produce anything more than a safety over the next 41 minutes.
Matt Faulkner was 29 of 41 for 289 yards for San Jose State, including a 47-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Otten with 1:08 remaining. Brandon Rutley and Tyler Ervin also scored for the Spartans. Jens Alvernik added a pair of field goals.
Davis' scoring strike helped the Vandals end a six-game losing streak and extended their winning streak over the Spartans to three games.
Davis, in his second career start, threw for 162 yards on 13 of 20 passing.
Travis Johnson's fumble recovery at the Idaho 19 set up San Jose State's first score, a 19-yard field goal by Alvernik.
Spartans' Pompey Festejo recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, leading to Rutley's 3-yard touchdown run, making it 10-0 with 6:38 remaining in the first quarter.
Ervin's 11-yard scoring run put the Spartans ahead 17-0 late in the first quarter. After Bailey put the Vandals on the board, Alvernik kicked his second field goal less than three minutes into the second quarter, giving San Jose State a 22-7 edge.
Trey Farquhar kicked a career-long 55-yard field goal, matching the second-longest in Idaho history, to end the first half.
The Spartans took a 22-10 advantage into halftime.
Johnson had four of San Jose State's five sacks and Noel Grigsby, the WAC's leading receiver, caught 11 passes for 84 yards.
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