Sanders recovered the fumble at the Spartans' 3-yard line, as this set the tone for a long day at Spartan stadium.
Cal State University at Fresno's Paul Pinegar threw three touchdown passes and Fresno State set an NCAA record by scoring two touchdowns in an 8-second span in its 62-28 victory over San Jose State on a cool winter day in San Jose.
Bryson Sumlin scored three touchdowns for the Bulldogs (8-3, 5-3 Western Athletic Conference), who won their fifth straight. Fresno State has outscored its opponents by 280-80 during the streak, and has surpassed 50 points for the fourth straight game for the first time in school history.
SJSU's Lance Martin rushed for 162 yards and scored two touchdown as the Spartans (2-9, 1-7) lost their seventh straight.
The loss also spoiled the final game for Spartans coach Fitz Hill, who steps down from the post earlier in the week. He finished with a 14-33 record in four years.
It has been rumored that Coach Hill and all of his assistants have been instructed to have all of their offices and lockers cleared out by noon on wednesday, and officially off the campus.
The game continued to spiral down the tubes in the first half, as the Spartans seemed to have lost any remaining gas that was left in their collective tanks.
After Fresno's Wendell Mathias scored on 2-yard run with 13:21 left in the half to make it 21-7, Jaron Fairman recovered an onside kick on the Spartans 33. Stephen Spach caught Pinegar's pass on the next play to make it 28-7 at 13:13.
On the first play from scrimmage, Fresno State strong safety James Sanders sacked Adam Tafralis, forced a fumble, and recovered it on the Spartans 3 yard line.
Sumlin raced into the end zone on the Bulldogs' first offensive play to give them a 7-0 edge just 17 seconds into the game!
The Spartans tied the score at 7l when Josh Williamson caught a 29-yard pass from Dale Rogers with 12:20 left in the first quarter, but it was all Bulldogs after that.
Fresno's Roshon Vercher scored on a 7-yard run and Jermaine Jamison caught a seven-yard scoring toss from Pinegar to make it 41-14 at half.
Fresno State extended its lead over San Jose State to 55-21 with 14:20 left in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard run by Bryson Sumlin and Brett Visintainer's extra-point kick.
Fresno State took a 62-21 lead over San Jose State with 9:18 left in the fourth quarter on a 43-yard run by Paul Williams. Brett Visintainer's extra-point kick was good.
San Jose State scored with 6:28 left in the fourth quarter on a 13-yard run by Lance Martin. Jeff Carr kicked the extra point. Fresno State then lead 62-28.
San Jose State blocked Brett Visintainer's PAT try on the Verher touchdown, ending the NCAA Division I's longest current PAT streak at 148.
Fresno State hadn't missed a PAT since the 2001 season.
Lance Martin rushed for 162 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Spartans (2-9, 1-7) lost their seventh straight.
The loss also spoiled the final game for Spartans coach Fitz Hill, who step down from the post earlier in the week.
He finished with a 14-33 record in four years.
President Don Kassing, was walking thru each luxury box and thanking fans for attending all the games in a season full of turmoil and loss.
Kassing was quoted as stating " This is a great place for football, and we will turn things around".
Kassing was also quoted as stating "Spartan Stadium has a great foundation, and any school would be proud to play in a such a fine place".
I personally gave Kassing an impromptu hug, and told him "Please, do not ever leave us, as you are doing a great job".
Now, let's see what Kassing and Bill Walsh have up their collective sleeves in regards to selecting both the new Athletic Director and head football coach!