The win improves the Spartans record to 6-2 this season and makes them eligible to play in a post-season bowl game for the first time in six years.
San Jose State (6-2, 3-1 WAC) trailed 21-18 when Patrick Perry blocked Aggie punter Jared Kaufman's kick with 12:58 left in the game. Clark picked up the ball at the 2-yard line and scored for the go ahead score.
San Jose State quarterback Adam Trafalis was the hero with a 1-yard touchdown dive with a little over two minutes left left after New Mexico State (2-7, 0-5 WAC) failed to convert on fouth down at mid field.
San Jose State head coach Dick Tomey after getting the sixth win of the season was quoted:
"It's really not the six wins that means so much, as being 3-1 in the conference. Obviously, if you win six these days your team will be bowl eligible, but that's not our main focus right now. Our main focus is to be in the conference race. We are in the conference race at this point and were going to battle to stay in that position. But six wins is a good thing because this is as most wins we've had in a few years."
Aggie Quarterback, Chase Holbrook, threw for 349 yards and three touchdowns, but his passing expertise was worn out in the first-half. The Spartans defense dominated in the second-half, sacking Holbrook three times and forcing a fumble.
On the play of the Aggies, Tomey stated:
"The Aggies played tough and we played through a lot of adversity. They held us on the one yard line. There offense dominated our defense in some parts of the first half, but we just would not take no for an answer. I give credit to New Mexico State. They're a tough team to beat and they came out and played hard."
"Our defense shutting out the Aggies in the second half was huge for us. I'm thrilled because we worked so hard. We decided to go for two points a couple days ago. We thought that it looked like it was there. This was also the first time we've kicked onside kicks at the start of the game. Our guys just did great."
Next up for the Spartans is a Saturday, November 11 WAC contest against Boise State that is televised live nationally on ESPN 2. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 PST.
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