Several Spartans players had a career night at Spartan Stadium as San Jose State defeated Wyoming 51-44 on Saturday.
SJSU rallied from a 23-14 deficit at halftime to get a win for the school’s Homecoming.
“What a fun and exciting football game to be a part of,” said SJSU head coach Ron Caragher. “[It was] very frustrating early on. However, if you keep battling and don’t give up, you have a chance. And our guys did that.”
SJSU senior quarterback David Fales completed 27 of 37 passes for 482 yards and five toucdowns, setting a new Mountain West Conference record for most consecutive games throwing for more than 300 yards with five.
“I thought we played well as a whole,” Fales said. “It’s my name, but [really] it’s our whole offense.”
Fales scored the winning touchdown on a quarterback sneak at the 1-yard line with eight seconds left on the game clock.
“David had a heck of a night,” Caragher said about his quarterback. “It may be his all-time best as a Spartan. I don’t know much about 2012, but boy was he good.”
SJSU receiver Chandler Jones had four receptions for 129 yards and three touchdowns, the longest of which was a 76-yard pass that was tipped by a Wyoming defender before the ball fell to Jones’ hands.
It is the second game this season in which Jones made three or more touchdown receptions.
It is also the 17th time in school history in which an SJSU receiver caught three or more touchdowns in a game.
Jones said all the work he and Fales and done since the offseason is why he is able to score many touchdowns. “We pretty much stayed here all summer and spring,” Jones said. “Just working to get that timing down and trying to stay consistent with how we finished last year.”
Spartans senior cornerback Bene Benwikere also put himself in the record books.
The team’s only interception of the game ties him at ninth all-time in SJSU history with 12 career interceptions.
Freshmen receiver Tyler Winston and running back Jarrod Lawson also set career highs.
Winston made nine catches for 171 yards and one touchdown. Winston set a career game-high in receiving yards. It is also his third consecutive game in which he recorded more than 100 receiving yards.
“Coming in, I could kind of see something special in him,” Jones said about Winston. “He was impressing a lot of the coaches and the players on the team. We’ve had freshman step up before, but he’s definitely doing some big things.”
Lawson set a career game-high with 128 rushing yards from 25 attempts. It was the first game of his career in which he ran for more than 100 yards.
Spartans linebacker Keith Smith had 12 total tackles during the game and now has 101 tackles so far this season.
He said being so active isn’t new for him because he had played almost every snap of each game for the past three seasons. “For the most part, it’s just me trying to stay in shape,” Smith said. “I feel honored that coach keeps me out there as much as he does. Every play that I’m out there, I’m playing for my boys.”
Wyoming running back Shaun Wick also had a career night rushing for 234 yards and one touchdown. Wick’s longest run was a 67-yard gain during the third quarter.
Cowboys quarterback Brett Smith finished the night completing 22 of 34 passes, 267 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.