The San José State Spartans (2-1, 1-0) get an ugly 17-13 win over the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (1-3, 0-1) at Clarence T.C. Ching Complex in Honolulu. SJSU takes home the Dick Tomey Legacy Trophy for the second consecutive season.
The SJSU defense I thought played really well despite giving up 369 yards. They did come up with some huge stops and got off the field when they had the opportunity, holding Hawaii to 4-for-18 on third down conversions and did force a big fumble which set up a Spartans field goal to go up 17-13.
The offense on the other hand was brutal. Nick Starkel wasn’t very good and completed 23-of-50 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Starkel just didn’t look right and when he would make a good throw, the receivers would drop the ball.
SJSU dropped at least eight passes (that I’m aware of) in the game and one of them would have been for a touchdown to realistically put the game away.
Kairee Robinson rushed for 55 yards on 21 carries (2.6 average) and Shamir Garrett had 13 yards on three carries (4.3 average).
Brent Brennan and offensive coordinator Kevin McGiven better get the offense squared away because that’s now two games in a row where the unit has not looked good.
The Spartans will travel to Kalamazoo, Michigan to play the Western Michigan Broncos (2-1) at Waldo Stadium next Saturday, September 25th. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 PM (Central Time) and will be nationally televised on ESPN+.