San Diego, Calif.----- San Jose State managed only a Bryce Crawford 27-yard field goal in a 42-3 Mountain West loss to San Diego State, at Qualcomm Stadium.
The Aztecs (6-1, 3-0 Mountain West) used relentless ground attack, a stifling defense that limited the Spartans (2-6, 1-3 Mountain West) to 207 yards and special teams play that forced San Jose State into poor first-half starting field position in the victory.
San Diego State's Donnell Pumphrey, the nation's leading rusher, and back-up Rashaad Penny keyed a 293-yard ground attack. Pumphrey, the nation's leading rusher gained 135 yards on 24 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 27 with 9:41 in the second quarter and 23 with 3:23 in the third. Penny, with 105 yards on just nine carries, was in the end zone on runs of 3, 4 and the game's longest play from scrimmage, a 71-yard burst up the middle that gave the Aztecs a 42-3 lead at the end of the third quarter.
San Diego State chose to open the game with a short passing attack integrating tight end David Wells as the primary target. Wells hauled in four Christian Chapman passes on the first scoring drive of the game. One was an 8-yard gain on a 4th-and-2 for a first down at the Spartans 6-yard line. Two plays later, Wells was by himself in the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown reception and the game's first score, 7-0, with 2:10 left in the first quarter.
The Aztec defense controlled the game allowing just six Spartan first downs in the first half and 14 for the game. A Frank Ginda interception at the San Diego State 41-yard line and a 16-yard return set up San Jose State's first score. Bryce Crawford's field goal got the Spartans on the scoreboard with 3:00 left before halftime.
San Jose State had an excellent chance to end San Diego State's three-game streak of not allowing an offensive touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Starting at their 26-yard line, quarterback Kenny Potter connected on passes of 14 and 22 yards to wide receiver Tre Hartley on back-to-back plays and ran for 21 yards to the Aztecs' 7-yard line for a first down. On 4th-and-goal, Potter's pass to Tim Crawley fell incomplete.
The Spartans' signal caller turned out to be the team's leading rusher with 42 yards on nine carries. He completed 13-of-23 passes for 104 yards.
San Jose State next takes on UNLV, Saturday, October 29, in CEFCU Stadium, at 7:30 p.m.