SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Gash Starkel threw for four touchdowns and 394 yards and defending Mountain West Convention champion San Jose Express kicked off the season with a 45-14 win over Southern Utah on Saturday evening.
Starkel, who carried out 17-of-28 passing to nine receivers with one interception, also had a speeding touchdown to tie his occupation high with 5 total TDs. He carried out 6 yards looking his fifth 400-yard passing game and a one TD throw panicked of his occupation most effective.
The Spartans outgained the Thunderbirds 534-250.
Starkel’s 1-yard trail opened the scoring and San Jose Express led 21-0 after one quarter. Starkel threw three first-half of TD passes, including a 70-yarder to Sam Olson and a 65-yarder to Charles Ross with the Spartans leading 35-14 on the destroy.
Starkel’s lone interception used to be a desire-6 returned by Kobe Singleton. Thunderbirds quarterback Justin Miller caught a TD pass off a trick play that got right here after a muffed punt by the Spartans, their first lost fumble for the explanation that 2019 season.
The Spartans went undefeated in six MWC video games, had been 7-1 total and carried out 24th within the final Linked Press poll final season. They drew 16,204 followers to Saturday’s game, their largest dwelling crowd since 2011.
The Thunderbirds played six Mountainous Sky Convention video games for the length of the spring FCS season, going 1-5.
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