Senior Kama Bailey knows how to return kickoffs. On Saturday, he showed some moves as a running back, helping Idaho end a frustrating losing streak.
Bailey, Idaho’s all-time leader in kickoff return yardage, rushed for 163 yards, his first career 100-plus yard game, and two touchdowns in helping the Vandals rally to a 32-29 victory over San Jose State at San Jose, Calif.
Taylor Davis threw his first touchdown pass of the season, a 13-yard strike to Mike LaGrone with less than 4 minutes to play, to give Idaho (2-7, 1-4 in WAC play) its first lead at 25-22.
Ryan Bass scored 2 minutes later to put the Vandals ahead convincingly 32-22. Bailey helped set up the final score, breaking off a 70-yard run.
The Spartans (3-6, 2-3) scored the first 20 points of the game but only produced a safety over the next 41 minutes.
Matt Faulkner was 29 of 41 for 289 yards for San Jose State, including a 47-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Otten with 1:08 remaining. Brandon Rutley and Tyler Ervin also scored for the Spartans
Davis’ scoring strike helped the Vandals end a six-game losing streak and extended their winning streak over the Spartans to three games.
“I’m proud of our players, but more than anything I’m happy for them,” Idaho coach Robb Akey said.
Davis, in his second career start, threw for 162 yards on 13-of-20 passing.
Trey Farquhar kicked a career-long 55-yard field goal, matching the second longest in Idaho history, to end the first half.
(18) Georgia 63, New Mexico State 16: Aaron Murray threw five second-quarter TD passes, former walk-on receiver Brandon Harton ran for 98 yards and the Bulldogs (7-2) won their seventh straight game by cruising past the Aggies at Athens, Ga.
Louisiana Tech 41, Fresno State 21: Colby Cameron passed for a career-high 358 yards and four TDs, two of them to Quinton Patton, and Tech’s Bulldogs beat FSU’s Bulldogs in Fresno, Calif.
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