SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - De'Leon Eskridge was a workhorse for the Spartans on Saturday, recording 25 carries for a career-high 134 yards, scoring his only touchdown of the afternoon on a 32-yard run with 5:23 remaining to put San Jose State up for good in a 31-20 win over Texas State.
San Jose State (6-2, 2-1 WAC) was up 24-20 before Eskridge gave them some breathing room over a pesky Texas State (3-4, 1-1) squad. Spartans quarterback David Fales was 26 of 38 for 376 and two touchdowns. The 571 total yards for the Spartans offense was a season high.
Texas State led 20-17 heading into halftime before Fales found David Freeman on a 78-yard touchdown strike on their second possession of the third quarter to put San Jose State up 24-20.
Bobcats running back Shaun Rutherford carried the ball 14 times for 70 yards including a 45-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
|SJST||Austin Lopez 20 yd FG|
|TXSTSM||Marcus Curry 1 yd run (Will Johnson kick)|
|SJST||David Freeman 10 yd run (Austin Lopez kick)|
|TXSTSM||Shaun Rutherford 45 yd run (Will Johnson kick)|
|TXSTSM||Will Johnson 29 yd FG|
|SJST||Chandler Jones 6 yd pass from David Fales (Austin Lopez kick)|
|TXSTSM||Will Johnson 42 yd FG|
|SJST||David Freeman 78 yd pass from David Fales (Austin Lopez kick)|
|SJST||De'Leon Eskridge 32 yd run (Austin Lopez kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||4-13||7-12|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-1||0-0|
|Kick Return Yds||60||66|
|Punt Return Yds||54||5|
|Time of Poss.||24:8||35:52|
|TXSTSM: Shaun Rutherford 14-70, Tim Gay 3-58, Marcus Curry 7-39, Terrence Franks 2-6|
|SJST: De'Leon Eskridge 25-134, Tyler Ervin 2-37, David Freeman 5-18, Blake Jurich 3-10, Team 3--4|
|TXSTSM: Shaun Rutherford 14-26-130-2|
|SJST: David Fales 26-38-376-2|
|TXSTSM: Andy Erickson 4-53, Deche Milburn 4-28, Marcus Curry 3-22, Benjamin Ijah 1-12, Chase Harper 1-10, Jafus Gaines 1-5|
|SJST: Noel Grigsby 6-75, Ryan Otten 4-86, De'Leon Eskridge 4-41, Chandler Jones 4-37, Jabari Carr 3-39, David Freeman 2-76, Peter Tuitupou 1-12, Kyle Nunn 1-7, Ina Liaina 1-3|
|Texas State||5th Western Athletic||2-4||4-8|
|San Jose State||2nd Western Athletic||5-1||11-2|