GAMEDAY College Football

San Jose State 45, Southern Utah 14

Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Nick Starkel threw for four touchdowns and 394 yards and defending Mountain West Conference champion San Jose State kicked off the season with a 45-14 win over Southern Utah.

Starkel, who finished 17-of-28 passing to nine receivers with one interception, also had a rushing touchdown to tie his career high with five total TDs. He finished 6 yards short of his fifth 400-yard passing game and a one TD throw shy of his career best.

The Spartans outgained the Thunderbirds 534-250.

Starkel's 1-yard run opened the scoring and San Jose State led 21-0 after one quarter. Starkel threw three first-half TD passes, including a 70-yarder to Sam Olson and a 65-yarder to Charles Ross with the Spartans leading 35-14 at the break.

Starkel's lone interception was a pick-6 returned by Kobe Singleton. Thunderbirds quarterback Justin Miller caught a TD pass off a trick play that came after a muffed punt by the Spartans, their first lost fumble since the 2019 season.

The Spartans went undefeated in six MWC games, were 7-1 overall and finished 24th in the final Associated Press poll last season. They drew 16,204 fans to Saturday's game, their largest home crowd since 2011.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter SoUtSJSU
SJSU TD 12:22 Nick Starkel 1 yard TD run (Matt Mercurio Extra Point) 0 7
SJSU TD 4:19 Jermaine Braddock 23 yard TD pass from Nick Starkel (Matt Mercurio Extra Point) 0 14
SJSU TD 0:47 Tyler Nevens 12 yard TD run (Matt Mercurio Extra Point) 0 21
Second Quarter SoUtSJSU
SoUt TD 10:58 Justin Miller 7 yard TD pass from Judd Cockett (Carson Reed Extra Point) 7 21
SJSU TD 10:33 Sam Olson 75 yard TD pass from Nick Starkel (Matt Mercurio Extra Point) 7 28
SJSU TD 7:45 Charles Ross 65 yard TD pass from Nick Starkel (Matt Mercurio Extra Point) 7 35
SoUt TD 3:53 Kobe Singleton 18 yard interception return for TD (Carson Reed Extra Point) 14 35
SJSU FG 1:12 Matt Mercurio 41 yard field goal 14 38
Third Quarter SoUtSJSU
SJSU TD 9:45 Derrick Deese Jr. 14 yard TD pass from Nick Starkel (Matt Mercurio Extra Point) 14 45
Team Stats
  Southern Utah San Jose State
First downs 17 22
  Rushing 5 6
  Passing 8 14
  Penalty 4 2
3rd Down Efficiency 4-14, 29% 9-13, 69%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 32-111 23-133
Passing Yards 138 414
Return Yards 62 72
Completions-Attempts-Int 17-30-0 18-29-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-4 0-0
Punts 5 2
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties - Yards 6-45 12-93
Southern Utah Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Miller 15 28 117 0 0
T. Skidmore 1 1 14 0 0
J. Cockett 1 1 7 1 0
San Jose State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
N. Starkel 16 26 398 4 1
N. Woods 2 3 16 0 0
Southern Utah Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Davis 5 36 7.2 0
D. Moore III 11 32 2.9 0
D. Christensen 6 21 3.5 0
I. Williams 3 17 5.7 0
T. Skidmore 2 4 2.0 0
J. Jefferson 2 3 1.5 0
L. Lawson 3 -2 -0.7 0
San Jose State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Nevens 12 92 7.7 1
S. Garrett 2 17 8.5 0
K. Robinson 5 15 3.0 0
N. Woods 2 6 3.0 0
N. Starkel 2 3 1.5 1
Southern Utah Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
P. Brown 2 32 16.0 0
I. Williams 3 27 9.0 0
E. Bolingbroke 2 18 9.0 0
L. Lawson 2 15 7.5 0
B. Schenks 1 14 14.0 0
F. Harris III 2 11 5.5 0
D. Atencio 1 11 11.0 0
J. Cockett 1 6 6.0 0
T. Duckett 1 3 3.0 0
J. Miller 2 1 .5 1
San Jose State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Ross 3 77 25.7 1
S. Olson 1 75 75.0 1
J. Braddock 2 66 33.0 1
D. Deese Jr. 3 62 20.7 1
I. Hamilton 2 57 28.5 0
T. Nevens 2 32 16.0 0
K. Robinson 2 24 12.0 0
J. Simpson 2 21 10.5 0
T. Johnson 1 0 0.0
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Southern Utah Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Singleton 1 18
San Jose State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Southern Utah Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Gerardi 5 236 47.2
San Jose State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
W. Hart 2 80 40.0
Southern Utah Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Bolingbroke 1 0 0
San Jose State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Garrett 3 15 5.0
K. Reed 1 -1 -1.0
Southern Utah Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Cockett 3 44 14.7
San Jose State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Garrett 2 46 23.0
M. Tago 1 12 12.0
Southern Utah Missed FG
Player Length
C. Reed 34
C. Reed 31
C. Reed 53
San Jose State Missed FG
Player Length




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