San Jose State starts season with big win over Northern Colorado

SAN JOSE — San Jose State had little trouble against Northern Colorado in a 35-18 season-opening win Thursday night at CEFCU Stadium.

The Spartans lost their 2018 season opener to another FCS school, UC Davis, but controlled this year’s opener over an FCS program which competes with UC Davis in the Big Sky Conference.

Playing before an announced home crowd of 13,480, the Spartans built a 21-6 halftime lead behind quarterback Josh Love’s 7-yard TD pass to receiver Jerma Braddock and Love’s 3-yard touchdown run. Love continued his hot streak into the second half throwing a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Derrick Deese Jr. Love went 21 for 31 for 224 yards and two touchdowns.

The Spartans held the Bears out of the end zone until 7:56 in the third quarter as Northern Colorado quarterback Jacob Knipp connected on a seven-yard pass to receiver Dontay Warren. The Spartans held the Bears to 287 total yards with four sacks.

The victory equaled San Jose State’s total from last season. The Spartans return to action against Tulsa on Sept. 7 at home.

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