GAMEDAY College Football

Idaho Potato Bowl: Eastern Michigan 41, San Jose State 27

By JASON CHATRAW
Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho - Taylor Powell threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns, Samson Evans rushed for a pair of scores and Eastern Michigan defeated San Jose State 41-27 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Eastern Michigan (9-4) won a bowl game for the second time in program history. The team last won a bowl game in 1987, beating San Jose State in the California Bowl.

San Jose State (7-5) turned the ball over three times. It was first time this season that the Spartans had multiple turnovers in a game.

The Spartans built a 13-0 lead in the first quarter when Chevan Cordeiro rushed 27 yards for a TD and then found Justin Lockhart with an 8-yard scoring pass.

Then, Eastern Michigan stormed back, taking control of the game by scoring 30 straight points.

After San Jose State's second touchdown, Sterling Miles blocked the extra point attempt and Tristen Hines scooped up the ball and raced 87 yards for a 2-point defensive PAT.

That was the spark Eastern Michigan needed. The offense that had consecutive three-and-out possessions had touchdowns on its next four drives, all but putting the game out of reach.

Evans scored from 1 yard out to draw Eastern Michigan within 13-9 by the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, Powell found Darius Lassiter with a 1-yard scoring strike, Evans had a 3-yard TD run and Powell and Lassiter connected on a 28-yard scoring play.

Jesus Gomez booted a 51-yard field goal and Jaylon Jackson scored on a 31-yard run to round out the scoring for the Eagles.

Cordeiro threw TD passes to Nick Nash and Isaiah Hamilton in the second half for the Spartans. Cordeiro led the Spartans offensively, completing 26 of 44 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.

THE TAKEAWAY

Eastern Michigan: While the Eagles will savor their second-best season in school history, coach Chris Creighton might have to temper expectations heading into 2023 with some key players returning. Powell is out of eligibility, but whoever steps into the quarterback role will have Evans, the team's leading rusher, returning along with both Hassan Beydoun and Tanner Knue, the team's top receivers.

San Jose State: Losing Elijah Cooks and his 1,000-plus yards of receiving will hurt looking ahead to next season for the Spartans. But all the other starters on offense - including Cordeiro at quarterback - return for a team that will be poised to keep building on the program's recent success.

December 20, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter EastMiSJSU
SJSU TD 13:52 Chevan Cordeiro 27 yd run (Taren Schive kick) 0 7
SJSU TD 6:36 Justin Lockhart 8 yd pass from Chevan Cordeiro (blocked XP) 0 13
EastMi TD 6:35 Tristen Hines returned XP 2 13
EastMi TD 3:28 Samson Evans 1 yd run (Jesus Gomez kick) 9 13
Second Quarter EastMiSJSU
EastMi TD 6:44 Darius Lassiter 1 yd pass from Taylor Powell (Jesus Gomez kick) 16 13
EastMi TD 4:46 Samson Evans 3 yd run (Jesus Gomez kick) 23 13
EastMi TD 0:55 Darius Lassiter 28 yd pass from Taylor Powell (Jesus Gomez kick) 30 13
Third Quarter EastMiSJSU
EastMi FG 8:23 Jesus Gomez 51 yd FG 33 13
SJSU TD 5:28 Nick Nash 17 yd pass from Chevan Cordeiro (Taren Schive kick) 33 20
EastMi TD 0:34 Jaylon Jackson 31 yd run (JAYLON JACKSON 2pt run) 41 20
Fourth Quarter EastMiSJSU
SJSU TD 10:57 Isaiah Hamilton 17 yd pass from Chevan Cordeiro (Taren Schive kick) 41 27
Team Stats
  Eastern Michigan San Jose State
First downs 22 24
  Rushing 10 6
  Passing 11 17
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 6-14, 43% 5-13, 38%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 1-3, 33%
Rushes-Yards 41-118 25-132
Passing Yards 298 366
Return Yards 70 24
Completions-Attempts-Int 18-30-1 26-46-3
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--28 2--9
Punts 4 2
Punts-Average 41.3 32
Fumbles Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 2-30 6-55
Time of Possession 33:03 26:57
Eastern Michigan Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Powell 18 30 298 2 1
San Jose State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Cordeiro 26 44 366 3 2
E. Cooks 0 1 0 0 1
Eastern Michigan Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Evans 25 82 3.3 2
J. Jackson 7 54 7.7 1
T. Powell 7 -16 -2.3 0
San Jose State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Robinson 14 56 4.0 0
C. Cordeiro 9 50 5.6 1
N. Nash 2 26 13.0 0
Eastern Michigan Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Lassiter 6 108 18.0 2
D. Drummond 3 85 28.3 0
T. Knue 3 40 13.3 0
G. Oakes 2 27 13.5 0
H. Beydoun 2 22 11.0 0
S. Evans 1 10 10.0 0
A. Paaske 1 6 6.0 0
San Jose State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
I. Hamilton 5 137 27.4 1
E. Cooks 6 93 15.5 0
N. Nash 4 51 12.8 1
J. Canaan 1 26 26.0 0
I. Jernagin 3 19 6.3 0
K. Robinson 3 17 5.7 0
J. Lockhart 2 12 6.0 1
M. Miller 2 11 5.5 0
Eastern Michigan Interceptions
Player Int Yards
R. Vaden IV 1 25
L. Cameron 1 7
J. Scott 1 0
San Jose State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Dansby 1 0
Eastern Michigan Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Tomasek 4 165 41.3
San Jose State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Weir 1 37 37.0
T. Benham 1 27 27.0
Eastern Michigan Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
San Jose State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Eastern Michigan Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jackson 2 20 10.0
E. Jackson-Anderson 1 18 18.0
San Jose State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
I. Jernagin 1 24 24.0
Eastern Michigan Missed FG
Player Length
San Jose State Missed FG
Player Length
T. Schive 46




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