San Jose State Humbles New Mexico State 31-14

SJSU's Kyle Flynn, was the difference maker! New Mexico State fell on Saturday as the Spartans humbled the Aggies 31-14. The SJS defense harassed Holbrook, who gave up 2 INT's and 5 sacks and could not stop the Spartan defensive onslaught. This sets up a showdown between SJS (5-2) and #15-Boise St (6-0) for first place. Game time is set for 6PM at Spartan Stadium, and nationally televised on ESPN.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Kyle Flynn was the difference maker at New Mexico State on Saturday as the Spartans humbled the Aggies 31-14.

In addition to six tackles, Flynn returned a 90-yard interception and looked like a running Ian Johnson from BSU. SJSU now has three consecutive wins for the first time in 13 years!

"I knew that if I didn't make it my brother and (SJSU receiver) David Richmond would never speak to me again," Flynn said.

The run by Flynn was the second longest interception return for a TD in San Jose State history.

"We got an early lead and we were playing so well on defense," San Jose State coach Dick Tomey said. "They were having trouble blocking our front, and when you have trouble blocking the front it's hard to move the ball."

The Aggies (3-3, 1-1 WAC) fell to 0-4 against the Spartans since NMSU joined the WAC in 2005.

"It was a hard fought defensive battle," New Mexico State coach Hal Mumme said. "Our defense played good enough for us to win, but we just couldn't handle them up front. We were scratching and pecking anyplace we could."

San Jose State continued to dominate on defense when Duke Ihenacho intercepted an Aggie screen pass and returned it for a 43-yard TD early in the second quarter.

NMSU closed the deficit to 21-14 in the fourth quarter with a 2-yard rush, but a 33-yard field goal by Jared Strubeck and a 12-yard TD rush by Brandon Rutley ended all hopes of an Aggie comeback.

The San Jose State defense harassed Holbrook, who gave up 2 INT's and 5 sacks and could not stop the Spartan defensive onslaught.

"We came out with great focus," said SJSU defensive lineman Jarron Gilbert, who had two sacks and 3½ tackles for losses. "We knew New Mexico State had a great offense. We got great pressure on New Mexico State up front and that was the key. This is a big road win for us."

"Our pressure was great on the defensive line and we didn't allow them to sustain any drives," Tomey said. "Our defense gave a great effort tonight."

"Our special teams was a big difference," SJSU Coach Dick Tomey said. "Our offense wasn't great, but we had others step up and make plays. It was a big win for our program."

The Spartan win sets up a showdown between San Jose State (5-2, 3-0) and #15-Boise State (6-0, 2-0) for first place in the WAC conference.

Game time is set for 6PM at Spartan Stadium, and nationally televised on ESPN2.


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