San Jose St. 52, New Mexico St. 13
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) _ Jeff Garcia threw four touchdowns passes in leading San Jose State to its first win of the season, a 52-13 defeat of New Mexico State on Saturday in the Big West Conference.
The Spartans (1-5, 1-0 Big West) built a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and didn’t look back. San Jose State capitalized on seven turnovers by New Mexico State (3-3, 2-1).
Garcia, who was 15-of-23 for 193 yards, established the tone on San Jose’s first possession, directing the Spartans 80 yards in 10 plays. He capped the march with a 9-yard scoring pass to tight end Tom Petihomme.
Minutes later, San Jose State’s Jim Singleton made the first of three interceptions off New Mexico State quarterback Cody Ledbetter and returned it 34 yards. Nathan DuPree rushed 38 yards for a San Jose touchdown on the next play.
New Mexico State scored its only touchdown on a 10-yard run by Troy Dublin in the second quarter.
Another interception, this by Theron Miller, set up a late first-half score for San Jose.
Taking possession with 2:01 left in the half, Garcia drove the Spartans 70 yards and hit Scott Reese on a 7-yard TD pass four seconds left before halftime, giving San Jose State a 31-7 lead at intermission.
New Mexico State’s Brian Pizula fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half and Paul Pitts recovered for San Jose. It took only two plays before Garcia passed 27 yards to Petihomme for a touchdown and a 38-7 lead.