NCAAF Game Recap - San Jose State at Army
Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

Ark
7
Ala
48
F
Aub
20
LSU
23
F
Wisc
7
OHSt
38
F
BC
7
Clem
59
F
Okla
41
K St
48
F
PSU
28
MSU
7
F
ND
14
Mich
45
F
WaSt
35
Oreg
37
F
Cal
0
Utah
35
F
Tex
27
TCU
37
F
SMU
34
Hou
31
F
MD
10
Minn
52
F
Iowa
20
NW
0
F
App
30
SoAl
3
F
OkSt
34
IASt
27
F
AzSt
32
UCLA
42
F
USC
35
Colo
31
F
BGSU
10
WestMI
49
F
MisSt
30
TxAM
49
F
Lib
34
Rut
44
F
Ill
24
Purd
6
F
MiaFL
16
Pitt
12
F
SJSU
34
Army
29
F
SMiss
20
Rice
6
F
Ohio
34
Ball
21
F
Nev
3
Wyo
31
F
W Ky
23
Marsh
26
F
NMSt
7
GaSo
41
F
Akr
0
NIU
49
F
E Mi
34
Toled
37
F OT
MiaOH
23
Kent
16
F
C Mi
20
Buff
43
F
Tul
38
Navy
41
F
Ariz
31
Stan
41
F
Ind
38
Neb
31
F
FLInt
17
MidTN
50
F
FlAtl
41
OD
3
F
UConn
56
UMass
35
F
UVA
21
Lou
28
F
Syr
17
FlaSt
35
F
NorTx
38
Char
39
F
SoFL
45
ECU
20
F
Hawaii
45
NM
31
F
SCar
21
Tenn
41
F
Duke
17
UNC
20
F
TxSt
14
ArkSt
38
F
Troy
33
GASt
52
F
Mem
42
Tuls
41
F
UCF
63
Temp
21
F
TxTch
34
Kans
37
F
ColSt
41
Fres
31
F
Mizzu
7
KY
29
F
LaTec
42
UTEP
21
F
UtSt
7
AF
31
F
SDSU
20
UNLV
17
F

Oct 26, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

San Jose State (4-4)

7

16

0

11

34

Army (3-5)

7

3

7

12

29

San Jose State beats Army 34-29 at Michie Stadium
Sat Oct 26, 2019 6:01 PM

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) Jet lag never felt so good for the San Jose State Spartans.

Josh Love passed for 314 yards and three touchdowns, Matt Mercurio kicked four field goals, and San Jose State stunned Army 34-29 on Saturday, handing the Black Knights (3-5) their second straight loss at Michie Stadium and fourth straight overall.

"This is an incredible win for our team," Spartans coach Brent Brennan said. "Coming on the road like this with such long travel for an early game, we woke our kids up at 4 a.m. West Coast time for pregame meal and to get everyone started and they handled it incredibly well. We are really excited about this and we are going to enjoy it."

San Jose State (4-4) was coming off a 27-17 homecoming loss to San Diego State, its second straight setback, but the Spartans managed to do something they haven't done in four years - win twice in a season on the road. San Jose State scored on all five of its first-half possessions, the first time that's happened this season, and when the Spartans were stopped Mercurio made sure they came away with points, hitting from 30, 23, 38 and 28 yards. The game featured just two punts, one by each team.

"For us, any win is a big thing," Brennan said. "We're trying to build this program. Any time we can play good football consistently and find a way to win is a huge step for us. Everybody is so invested and when you don't get the result you want, it's hard."

The San Jose defense swarmed the Army quarterbacks, notching six tackles for loss, five of them sacks. The Black Knights, with their ground-oriented triple option, entered the game having allowed just six sacks.

"I thought getting to the quarterback and the tackles for loss were huge because it put them behind the sticks, which is where they don't want to be," Brennan said. "A lot of pieces went into that, and I thought we had a good scheme and a good plan."

Love finished 20 of 31 to eight different receivers with zero turnovers for the Spartans, who were beaten 52-3 at home last year by Army in the first meeting between the teams.

Army coach Jeff Monken alternated senior Kelvin Hopkins Jr. and sophomore Jabari Laws at quarterback in the first half and both were eventually knocked out of the game with injuries. Laws left in the second quarter and Hopkins in the third in favor of Christian Anderson. Hopkins did hit Cam Harrison for a 31-yard touchdown in the first half.

"It just seemed like we were playing catch-up the whole game," Monken said. "They scored just about every time they had it. We've got to get them off the field. We didn't finish drives. When you turn the ball over and the other team doesn't, your chances go way down."

The Black Knights moved within 23-17 on the first possession of the second half, with Sandon McCoy scoring on a 4-yard run on the first play after Hopkins was hurt. It was the only score of third quarter as Army forced the Spartans to punt.

Love hit Bailey Gaither for a spectacular 21-yard touchdown in the first minute of the fourth quarter to give the Spartans 31-17 lead. With the arms of Army defender Javhari Bourdeau wrapped around him, Gaither reached his arms around Bourdeau's shoulders, the ball deflected up off Gaither's facemask as the two fell to the turf and he cradled the ball on his knees barely inbounds.

Army rallied again behind Anderson. Malik Hancock took a pitch right 28 yards to set up Anderson's 1-yard run to close the gap to eight midway through the final quarter. After Mercurio's fourth field goal, Anderson's 31-yard touchdown run with 31 seconds left gave Army one last chance, but the onside kick sailed out of bounds.

THE TAKEAWAY

San Jose State: The road win at a difficult place should give the Spartans a jolt of confidence. They won at Arkansas (31-24) last month for their first road victory of the season.

"We're excited for the rest of the season," defensive end Cade Hall said. "That's the only thing on our minds."

Army: The Black Knights gained 326 yards rushing but on defense were bitten often by long gains in the passing game. On the game's first drive, Love completed 5 of 7 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown, completing throws of 23, 20, 12, and 13 yards before hitting Isaiah Hamilton for a 19-yard score on a third-and-7 play. Love also completed a 50-yard pass to Hamilton on a third-and-10 play to set up a field goal early in the second quarter. Gambling didn't work, either, for the Black Knights. Hopkins was sacked on a fourth-and-6 play midway through the second quarter. With injuries to key players on defense - standout free safety Jaylon McClinton didn't play - and the offense not performing at a high level with injuries at quarterback, Army has a lot of things to fix as it gets set to begin defense of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. There was no immediate word on the injuries.

UP NEXT

San Jose State: Hosts No. 22 Boise State next Saturday night.

Army: Begins defense of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy it's held for the past two years when it travels to Air Force next Saturday.

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Passing

SJSU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Love 31 20 64.5 3 314 50 0 130.3
Army Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Hopkins Jr. 3 2 66.7 1 50 31 0 149.3
J. Laws 2 2 100.0 0 31 25 0 118.8

Rushing

SJSU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
I. Holiness 1 0 0.0 0 0
D. Packer 9 63 7.0 19 0
Army Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Anderson 16 87 5.4 33 2
K. Walker 7 54 7.7 18 0

Receiving

SJSU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Walker 6 94 15.7 23 0
I. Hamilton 3 88 29.3 50 1
Army Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Harrison 4 54 13.5 31 1
B. Walters 1 25 25.0 25 0

Fumbles

Army F FL
C. Harrison 1 1

Returning

SJSU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
Z. Zigler 3 28.7 0 46 0 - 0 0
J. Burrill 1 6.0 0 6 0 - 0 0
Army KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Hobbs IV 2 26.5 0 27 0 - 0 0
R. Parker 1 11.0 0 11 0 - 0 0

Punting

SJSU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Galland 1 45 45.0 45
Army Punt Yds Avg LgPu
Z. Harding 1 40 40.0 40

Takeaways

SJSU Int Yds InTD
K. Harmon 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

SJSU Army
Points For 34 29
Total Yards 402 429
Rushing Yards 88 326
Passing Yards 314 103
Passing Completions / Attempts 20/31 7/13
Turnovers 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 4/1
First Downs 19 28
Penalties - Yards 3/16 9/74
Time Of Possession 58:58 2:02
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/10 11/17
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 2/4
Punts - Average Yards 1/45 1/40

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter SJSU Army
SJSU 3:16 TD Isaiah Hamilton 19 yd pass from Josh Love (Matt Mercurio kick) 7 0
Army 13:01 TD Camden Harrison 31 yd pass from Kelvin Hopkins Jr. (Cole Talley kick) 7 7
2nd Quarter SJSU Army
SJSU 0:18 FG Matt Mercurio 30 yd FG 10 7
SJSU 3:24 TD Kairee Robinson 18 yd pass from Josh Love (Matt Mercurio kick) 17 7
SJSU 9:23 FG Matt Mercurio 23 yd FG 20 7
Army 14:08 FG Cole Talley 41 yd FG 20 10
SJSU 14:58 FG Matt Mercurio 38 yd FG 23 10
3rd Quarter SJSU Army
Army 6:51 TD Sandon McCoy 4 yd run (Cole Talley kick) 23 17
4th Quarter SJSU Army
SJSU 0:07 TD Bailey Gaither 21 yd pass from Josh Love (Tre Walker 2pt pass from Josh Love) 31 17
Army 6:18 TD Christian Anderson 1 yd run (failed 2pt rush) 31 23
SJSU 11:12 FG Matt Mercurio 28 yd FG 34 23
Army 14:29 TD Christian Anderson 33 yd run (failed 2pt pass) 34 29

Game Information

Stadium: Blaik Field at Michie Stadium, West Point, New York
Attendance: 35,346
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