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By Ana Kieu
SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose State hoped to wrap up the back end of a two-game home-and-home series with a win over Tulsa at CEFCU Stadium on Saturday night. The Spartans beat Tulsa for the first time since November 16, 2002. But that didn’t happen.
Shamari Brooks ran for a nine-yard rushing touchdown to help the Golden Hurricane open the scoring. Jacob Rainey kicked in the extra point to make it 7-0 with 7:48 left in the first quarter.
Tulsa stopped the touchdown, but Matt Mercurio kicked a 22-yard field goal — his first collegiate field goal — to get the Spartans back within four with 3:59 left in the first.
San Jose State trailed 7-3 at the end of the first.
Zach Smith cashed in with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Denzel Carter, who scored an eight-yard passing touchdown to extend the lead. Rainey kicked in the extra point to make it 14-3 at 14:53 of the second quarter.
Josh Love found a wide-open Jermaine Braddock for a 23-yard touchdown. The Spartans got within four with 6:31 left in the second. Love also had a 17-yard completion alongside Bailey Gaither.
The Spartans held the Golden Hurricane to a field goal late in the first half. Rainey kicked a 27-yard field goal to extend the lead to 17-10 with 2:50 left in the second.
San Jose State trailed 17-10 at the halftime break.
The Spartans stopped the touchdown, but Rainey kicked a 28-yard field goal to make it 20-10 with 3:03 left in the third quarter.
San Jose State trailed 20-10 at the end of the third.
The Spartans continued to struggle with stifling the Golden Hurricane offense in the fourth quarter. TK Wilkerson ran for a three-yard rushing touchdown to extend the lead. Rainey kicked in the extra point to make it 27-10 at 13:21 of the fourth.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Wilkerson scored his second touchdown of the game–a 17-yard rushing touchdown–to extend the lead. Rainey kicked in the extra point to make it 34-10 at 10:12 of the fourth.
Nick Nash scored a 20-yard rushing touchdown to pull the Spartans within 18 with 2:37 left in the fourth. However, it sparked some controversy as the Spartans went for the onside kick and recovered it, the play was under review and the call stood. It was a San Jose State ball.
The Golden Hurricane ran out the clock and the Spartans called it a night. San Jose State (1-1) lost to Tulsa (1-1) by a final of 34-16.
The Spartans have a bye week then take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in Razorback Stadium on Saturday, September 21. Game time TBD.