Rislov Breaks Sun Bowl Record! 543 Pass Yards!!!

SJSU QB Scott Rislov broke the Sun Bowl record for passing yardage yesterday, and man handle UTEP in big win! <P> Fitz Hill has not given up, and Beau Pierce finally see's a bit of action in preparation for taking the helm over next year. <P> (NEXT: Fresno State- Last years re-cap inside!)

SJSU QB Scott Rislov broke the Sun Bowl record for passing yardage yesterday, as the Spartans open up an economy size can of woop ass.

Rislov threw for 543 yards and seven touchdowns, three of them to Courtney Anderson, as San Jose State beat Texas-El Paso 69-41 in El Paso.

Rislov completed 28 of 39 passes with no interceptions. He had 461 yards and TD passes of 48, 25, 9, 58, 66 and 6 yards as San Jose State (3-6, 2-4 WAC) took a 48-20 halftime lead. He added a 26-yard score in the fourth quarter.

Texas-El Paso (2-8, 1-4) pulled to within 27-20 late in the second quarter when Aaron Osborn blocked a field goal attempt and Troy Collavo returned it 76 yards for a touchdown.

But then Rislov fired three touchdown passes in the final 4:16 of the half.

Tuati Wooden led the Spartans with 10 catches for 136 yards and a touchdown. Anderson's three passes, all touchdowns, went for 100 yards. Leon Pinky had five receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns, and Jamall Broussard caught five balls for 90 yards.

Howard Jackson led UTEP with 144 yards on 17 carries and scored a touchdown. Jackson also caught five passes for 44 yards.

UTEP's Jordan Palmer completed 11 of 22 passes for 112 yards and three interceptions. His backup, Orlando Cruz, was 12-of-18 for 237 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception.

San Jose State rolled up 664 yards off offense, and UTEP had 630.

Quotes to note:

"Our offensive line should be getting their names in the paper," began Rislov in a post-game interview session. "I wasn't worried about what we were doing. Tonight, our guys were open. They did a great job of getting separation on their routes and run after the catch."

"They (the UTEP defense) were sitting on us expecting us to run right at them. We got by them pretty easy," said Anderson, who used his 270-pound frame to ward off a Miner safety for his first touchdown and his speed to score the other two times in the second quarter.

San Jose State cornerback Trestin George, making his first start in over a month, picked off a Jordan Palmer pass and raced 15 yards untouched into the end zone for a 6-3 Spartan lead.

"I anticipated the ball, broke on it clean. I guessed right," said George. "That had a good effect on the game."

"I'm very proud of ourteam after what happened last week. We were allowed to play 60 minutes and we played for 60 minutes. This week our goal was to finish with three victories," said San Jose Satte coach Fitz Hill, about the team's first road win of the season. "Our guys continue to play hard. Very easily, they could have got on the plane and quit.

"Our defense was very effective, though they were a little lethargic at the end. But, the effort was great. Our offensive staff did a great job or putting together the game plan. Leon Pinky and Courtney Anderson made big plays. Today, it all came together."

UP NEXT: Fresno State

Here is a re-cap of last years battle versus the central valley red clad arch rival:

NOV 23, 2002 San Jose, CA: Asen Asparuhov's fourth field goal, a 27-yarder with just over six minutes left, lifted Fresno State to a 19-16 victory over San Jose State on Saturday.

The victory clinched a third straight appearance in the Silicon Valley Classic for the Bulldogs (7-5, 5-2 WAC) on New Year's Eve, against a Pac-10 team still to be determined.

Fresno State -- officially awarded the bid in a brief on-field ceremony following the contest -- beat the Spartans for the ninth straight season.

Nick Gilliam kicked three field goals for San Jose State (6-7, 4-4), which was hoping for its first bowl bid since 1990.

Fresno State quarterback Paul Pinegar completed 16 of 33 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown, while San Jose State's Scott Rislov was 18-of-33 for 154 yards and a TD.

Rislov set single-season school records for total offense and completions.

The winning field goal was set up when senior cornerback Demorieux Reneau recorded his first career interception on San Jose State's 45-yard line.

San Jose State had a final chance when linebacker Paul Okumu recovered a fumble with 4:52 left, but a sack by Claude Sanders and a dropped fourth-down pass ended the threat.

Fresno State hads seven sacks.

Asparuhov's 32-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter tied the game at 16. Gilliam's 22-yard field goal with 5:37 remaining in the third quarter had given San Jose State a 16-13 edge.

Asparuhov also tied the game with a 35-yard field goal at 9:44 of the third quarter. He missed a 31-yard attempt seven minutes later, only the second miss in 13 attempts from inside the 40 this season.

Gilliam kicked field goals of 22 yards and 43 yards to give San Jose State -- playing just its fourth home game -- a 6-0 lead after the first quarter. Rislov's 11-yard pass to Marcus Helfman on a fourth-and-3 set up the first field goal, while a Fresno State penalty on another fourth down play helped set up the second one.

Asparuhov put the Bulldogs on the board with a 40-yard field goal midway through the second quarter. Pinegar completed a 53-yard pass to Marque Davis to give Fresno State good field possession.

The Spartans drove 65 yards in nine plays, with Rislov's tossing a 5-yard scoring pass to Helfman, to take a 13-3 lead.

A dropped punt snap gave Fresno State the ball on the Spartans 7-yard line late in the first half. Pinegar threw a 7-yard scoring pass to Marque Davis that brought the Bulldogs to 13-10 at halftime.

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