At first, a 0-0 defensive battle Graduate QB Nick Starkel started off slow but settled in going 22-29 for 226 yards and two TD tosses to TE Derrick Deese Jr. Starkel’s play anchored the offensive performance especially when they needed it most in the second half. At half-time we emphasized that we needed to be better on 3rd downs after that rough showing in the first-half,” said Starkel. Our goal was basically to stay on the field and earn ours and help out our defense.
Defense hasn’t been San Jose State’s strong suit the last several seasons, but Saturday night in their season opener, the Spartans turned out their best defensive performance under coach Brent Brennan. SJSU contained Air Force and its famous triple-option en route to a 17-6 upset victory. It was the first time since 1984 that SJSU had beaten an FBS school in its season opener.