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Spartans Run Over, Around Aggies

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Brandon Rutley rushed for 209 yards and scored twice as San Jose State ended a 13-game losing streak dating to last season by beating New Mexico State, 34-24, on Saturday.

Rutley became the first player to rush for more than 200 yards for the Spartans (1-3, 1-1 WAC) in seven years. Matt Faulkner threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns.

In his first start of the season as a replacement for injured Andrew Manley, Matt Christian threw for 238 yards and a touchdown. Christian also rushed for 58 yards and a score for the Aggies (1-3, 0-1), who have lost two straight since beating Minnesota. Kenny Turner caught Christian’s 18-yard touchdown pass, and Turner rushed for 129 yards and another score.

The Aggies’ offense bounced back after a dismal showing last week in a 16-10 loss to UTEP. This time, New Mexico State’s defense was the problem.

San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre was drenched with water with 2 seconds remaining on the clock, but refused to celebrate until after the final gun. Then he was mobbed by everybody in a Spartans uniform after the team ended the longest active losing streak in NCAA Division I.

It had been a long time coming, and last year’s loss to the Aggies served as motivation. New Mexico State scored on the game’s final play to sneak away with a 29-27 win in Las Cruces.

Turner scored on a 78-yard run midway through the third quarter, giving the Aggies a 24-17 advantage.

That’s when Rutley and Faulkner went to work. Rutley took care of all of the Spartans’ 108 rushing yards on 22 carries in the second half. He had more than enough energy to score the go-ahead touchdown, a 2-yard run early in the fourth quarter. He scored on a 66-yard run on San Jose State’s first play from scrimmage.

Faulkner was 10-for-14 in the second half, connecting with Ryan Otten for scoring plays of 64 yards and 3 yards.
— This article appeared on page D2 of the Albuquerque Journal

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