Utah State scores late to slip past San Jose State

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Derrvin Speight rushed for a career-high 125 yards and scored three touchdowns, the last on a 15-yard run with 34 seconds left to lift Utah State to a 38-34 win over San Jose State.Quarterback Diondre Borel passed for 259 yards and a touchdown, but it was the Aggies’ running game that made all the difference. Utah State ran the ball 63 times for 261 yards and overcame three turnovers to snap an eight-game losing streak in San Jose.It’s the first time the Aggies (4-6, 2-4 Western Athletic Conference) have won back-to-back games since the final two games of the 2007 season.Jordan La Secla threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns for the Spartans (1-9, 0-5) but was intercepted in the end zone with 15 seconds remaining.Speight topped the 100-yard mark for the second straight game after gaining only 434 yards in Utah State’s first eight games. In addition to his game-winning run, Speight also had scoring runs of 19 and 4 yards. That gives the Aggies senior eight touchdowns this season and 13 for his career.Kerwynn Williams added a 37-yard touchdown run for Utah State, which hadn’t won a road game all season before coming back from an early 10-point deficit to stun San Jose State. The Aggies also ended a 30-year jinx in San Jose, where they hadn’t won since 1980.They almost let it get away.La Secla passed for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, a 7-yarder to Kyle Nunn and later a 4-yard score to Jalal Beauchman to gave the Spartans a 34-31 lead with 5:25 remaining.Borel, second on Utah State’s career charts for total offense, quickly brought the Aggies back. He completed three passes for 43 yards and scrambled for an 18-yard gain on fourth-and-12, three plays before handing off to Speight for the game-winning run.Despite the close score, Utah State dominated in almost every category. The Aggies held the ball nearly 17 minutes longer than the Spartans and ran 34 more plays.That offset another stellar night by La Secla. The San Jose State senior quarterback topped the 300-yard mark for the second consecutive game and third time in his career. Over the last three games, La Secla has passed for 984 yards and seven touchdowns.It wasn’t enough to keep San Jose State from losing its seventh straight under first-year coach Mike MacIntyre.San Jose State led 10-0 less than seven minutes into the first quarter on Brandon Rutley’s 3-yard touchdown run and a 42-yard field goal from Harrison Waid. The Spartans offense went cold after that, managing only a 46-yard field goal by Waid with 14 seconds left in the half.Borel got going after fumbling a handoff on Utah State’s first possession.His 41-yard completion to Xavier Martin set up Speight’s 19-yard touchdown run that made it 10-7. After throwing a 21-yard pass during a fake field goal on Utah State’s next series, Borel connected with Dontel Watkins for an 8-yard touchdown.Peter Caldwell’s 30-yard field goal early in the second quarter extended the Aggies lead to 17-10. Caldwell also had a 28-yard attempt blocked.

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