The San Jose State Spartans jumped out to a 17-0 lead and held on for a 37-31 victory over UNLV in a battle for first place in the Mountain West.
With the victory, its sixth in a row, San Jose joined UNLV and Boise State atop the league standings with a 6-2 record. The two teams that will meet in the Mountain West championship game next Saturday were to be determined by league officials.
Senior running back Kairee Robinson carried 16 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns. His 40-yard run, which gave the Spartans a 37-17 lead early in the fourth quarter, was his 18th rushing touchdown of the season, breaking the school record shared by Deonce Whitaker and Johnny Johnson.
Quarterback Chevan Cordeiro completed 19 of 26 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns.
The first scoring drive, 56 yards to tight end Sam Olson, came on the game’s first possession. UNLV fumbled the ensuing kickoff and SJSU converted the turnover into a 10-0 lead.
After UNLV scored three points, Cordeiro led the Spartans 80 yards in eight plays, the last being a 25-yard run by Robinson.
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