SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — David Fales passed for 482 yards and five touchdowns and scored his first rushing touchdown of the season with eight seconds left to lead San Jose State over Wyoming 51-44 Saturday night.
The Spartans (4-3, 3-1, Mountain West) overcame a 16-point third quarter deficit, using three consecutive touchdowns to take the lead at the end of the frame.
Wyoming (4-4, 2-2) then went 69 yards in 10 plays, culminating with Shaun Wick's 15-yard TD carry with 11:47 remaining. The teams traded another touchdown apiece before the Spartans showed they had one last trick up their sleeve.
On fourth and inches from the Wyoming 46, the Spartans ran a play-action and Fales found tight end Billy Freeman along the left sideline. Freeman pulled in the pass and rumbled 33 yards to the Cowboys' 13. Five plays later, Fales pushed his way into the end zone, on a quarterback sneak, for the deciding score.
It was a wild, back-and-forth affair.
The Cowboys got off to a 16-0 lead, capitalizing on their first three drives. Stuart Williams hit on a 43-yard field goal, Brett Smith hooked up with Robert Herron on a 93-yard touchdown pass-and-run — the longest pass play in Wyoming history, and Tedder Easton plunged for a 1-yard score, but the extra point was blocked.
The Spartans then hit on a big play of their own, as Fales found Chandler Jones for a 76-yard scoring strike — the first of his three on the day — early in the second quarter. Wyoming added to its lead with a 14-yard toss from Smith to Jake Maulhardt late that quarter.
Fales connected with Jones again, this time from eight yards out, just before halftime to cut the lead to 23-14.
Wyoming's Smith (22 of 34, 267 yards and 3 TDs) tossed to Brandon Miller for an 8-yard score, which followed a 67-yard carry by Wick on the first play of the second half. Wick finished the day with 234 yards on 17 carries.