FINAL: CSU 27, San Jose State 34 [live game blog]

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San Jose State goes up 34-27 after this 62-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Winston

More game highlights

With more than 300 yards of total offense for each team, CSU leads San Jose State 24-17 at the half. The first half of the game between the Rams and Spartans can be described by quick drives and explosive plays.

Earlier this week Rams head coach Jim McElwain called his defenses inability to stop explosive plays a “fatal flaw.” That flaw was exposed early in the second quarter when San Jose State quarterback David Fales completed a quick pass to running back Jarrod Lawson. Lawson ran 83 yards for the touchdown to put the Spartans ahead of the Rams 10-7.

“We can’t give up the explosive plays and we’re giving them up left and right,” McElwain said at the end of the first half.

Late in the second quarter CSU showed a little explosiveness of their own with a 50-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Garrett Grayson to tight end Kivon Cartwright to put the Rams ahead of the Spartans 17-10 after an earlier field goal by kicker Jared Roberts. The lead was quick lived as the Spartans came up with another huge play on a drive that lasted only 28 seconds and again evened the score at 17.

But 53 seconds later, CSU again took the lead after a 35-yard touchdown pass from Grayson to Cartwright for his second touchdown of the game.

San Jose State got out to an early lead against CSU with a 26-yard field goal by kicker Austin Lopez on a drive that lasted 4 minutes 35 seconds.

The Rams were quick to answer with a touchdown drive that put the Rams on top 7-3 after a 15-yard touchdown from Grayson to tight end Crockett Gillmore for his first touchdown of the season.