San Jose, Calif. (NWN) — Jake Hainer threw for 343 yards with four touchdowns and Fresno State beat San Jose State 40-9 on Thursday to win their fourth Mountain West Conference Thanksgiving Day game.
Fresno State (9-3, 6-2) ended the first half with back-to-back touchdowns with a gap of three minutes, then opened the second half with field goals and touchdowns to separate from San Jose State . 3-5).
Hainer connected with Juan Rodriguez from six yards and then with Jordan Mims from 45-yards to create a 23-9 halftime lead. In the second half, Hainer had a touchdown pass of 29 yards to Jalen Cropper and 13 yards to Ronnie Rivers.
Cropper caught seven passes for 71 yards, Rivers caught five for 91 yards. Cropper also ran for a TD.
Fresno State remains half a game behind San Diego State in the Western Division of the Mountain West.
Matt Mercurio scored 31, 26, and 36 yards of field goals for San Jose State, which lost their last three. Nick Starkle was 19 out of 42 for 260 yards.
Heiner has gone through 3,810 yards and 32 touchdowns this season. Hainer is the seventh Bulldog to have a 3,000-yard passing season. He joins Kevin Sweeney (1984), Trent Dilfer (1992, 1993), David Carr (2001), Paul Pinegar (2005), Derek Carr (2011, 2021, 2013), and Marcus McMarrion (2018).
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