By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director
Brandon Rutley rushed for 209 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries and Ryan Otten and Matt Faulkner hooked up for two more as the San Jose State Spartans defeated the New Mexico State Aggies 34-24 on Saturday afternoon in Spartan Stadium.
The win is the first of the year for the Spartans (1-3, 1-1 WAC) and ends a 13-game losing streak dating back to 2010. New Mexico State’s record is also 1-3, 0-1 in Western Athletic Conference play. p.m. Read more.
“First of all, I’d like to say how proud I am of these young men,” said Head Coach Mike MacIntyre. “I told the team it was time to break the dam down. If we could run the ball, eventually we would get there. Our offensive line is blocking really well. Matt Faulkner did a really good job of moving the offense and taking care of the football. It’s a great team effort, a lot of guys playing a lot of team roles. Our conditioning factor really showed in the fourth quarter.”
The Spartans return to action Oct. 1 when they travel to Colorado State. Join the SJSU Alumni Association in Fort Collins an hour north of Denver for an outdoor pre-game party near Hughes Stadium. All Spartans fans are welcome to attend. There will be no cost for the barbecue lunch although a minimum donation of $5 per person at the event will be appreciated. Register now. The pre-game party begins at 11 a.m., with kickoff at 2 p.m.