SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Scott Rislov threw for 321 yards and a
touchdown as San Jose State defeated Grambling State 29-0 Saturday
in the first college football game of the season.
Jeff Carr tied a school record with three field goals as the
Spartans played in front of their first sellout in 13 years in the
inaugural Literacy Classic.
Bruce Eugene threw for 210 yards for Grambling State, ranked
seventh in the nation among Division I-AA schools.
The Tigers' first appearance in California since 1972 drew a
stadium record 31,681 _ many of whom came to enjoy Grambling
State's marching band.
San Jose State recorded its first shutout since beating UNLV
42-0 on Nov. 19, 1988. The Spartans last played to a full house
against rival Fresno State in November 1990.
The Tigers were shut out for the first time since losing to
Louisville in 2000 _ 43 games ago.
The Spartans sealed the game with a pair of quick touchdowns
early in the fourth quarter. With 13:09 left, Yonus Davis ran 2
yards for a touchdown that made it 19-0. The score was set up by
Rislov's 31-yard pass to Kendrick Starling.
Less than a minute later, Gerald Jones picked off a pass from
Eugene and maneuvered 46 yards into the end zone for a 26-0
Rislov completed 24 of 38 pass attempts without an interception.
San Jose State took a 7-0 lead with 5:13 left in the first
quarter on a 20-yard pass from Rislov to Leon Pinky, who caught the
pass at the 10 and bullied his way in.
Rislov completed all six of his passes on the drive for 87 yards
as the Spartans covered 85 yards in 11 plays over 5:28. The
Spartans needed to convert one third down on the drive as they
marched down the field in hefty chunks.
Rislov, who has thrown a touchdown pass in 12 consecutive games,
completed passes of 19 yards to Davis and 18 yards to Tuati Wooden
to help set up Pinky's first career touchdown reception.
Carr kicked a 43-yard field goal with 11:49 remaining in the
second quarter to pad the Spartans' lead to 10-0. He added a
47-yarder with 2:18 left in the third quarter and added a 25-yarder
late in the game.
San Jose State had a touchdown late in the first half called
back because of a penalty, and Carr's 46-yard field goal try with
no time left went wide right.
Grambling State linebacker Fred Wicker suffered a torn right ACL
in the first half.
Five-time Pro Bowler and 2014 Super Bowl champion Marshawn Lynch drives off into the sunset.
Northwestern went out and stocked up on promising wideouts, but the diminished defensive line could be a problem spot.
The Tar Heels added new talent, but for the pass rush to really take a step forward, their returning players must improve.
Kansas State tried to address a need for playmakers on signing day with a juco receiver and addressed OL concerns with a couple more juco signees.
The Tigers needed to add some playmakers on offense, and Missouri did that on signing day, highlighted by four-star RB Natereace Strong.
Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez not expecting to hold a spring game, instead using the time to work on fundamentals.
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