After two last-second losses to BYU and Nevada, San Jose State blew out the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 42-23 on Saturday. The Spartans sliced through the UH defense as Kenny Potter had his best game of the season with 312 passing yards, 54 rushing yards and 5 total touchdowns on the night. A 35-0 halftime lead allowed the Spartans to rest easy for the rest of the night.
San Jose State bounced back from two devastating losses over the previous two weeks. The Spartans could have folded similar to how they did last year - but the team didn’t appear to skip a beat against a struggling Hawaii team. The Spartans jumped out to a 21-point lead in the first quarter and didn’t let up until after halftime. A touchdown pass from Kenny Potter to Brad Kuh with :07 before halftime capped a 35-0 score at the break. The Spartans scored touchdowns on all five of their first half possessions, each drive lasting at least seven plays.
Under pressure, the Spartans were able to take care of business. When the game was on the line against BYU and Nevada, SJSU wasn’t able to make the plays that mattered most. The blowout versus Hawaii wasn’t made on huge scores, it was made possible by drive-extending plays. At one point, the Spartans had converted 9 of 10 third down conversion attempts and scored a touchdown on each of their first six drives. Those conversions under pressure could be a boost of confidence for the regular season finale versus Boise State - moreso than had they scored on home run plays.
Game ball goes to… Kenny Potter. Potter had thrown over 200 yards only once in his five full starts leading into Saturday’s game. At Hawaii, Potter threw for 312 yards and 3 touchdowns on 23 of 32 pass attempts. Potter also ran for 54 yards and 2 touchdowns on 9 carries. Since throwing two picks to San Diego State, Potter finished his fourth straight game without an interception.
Meanwhile, on the blue - It was nearly a given that San Jose State would win on the islands given the state of Hawaii’s program, but what has occurred on the blue turf at Boise State has been shocking. Known for being one of the most dominant group of five schools in the nation, and nearly unbeatable at home, the Broncos fell for a second consecutive week on the blue turf - this time to Air Force. Boise State limps into the final week of the season at Spartan Stadium. Even at 7-4, the Broncos have rarely went into the final regular season game on such a poor note. San Jose State has recovered from two heartbreaking losses and has a chance to earn bowl eligibility versus Boise State on Friday.