Nick Starkel and Derrick Deese Assist San Jose State Hit Air Pressure Soccer – The Denver Submit

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Nick Starkel threw two touchdown passes to Derrick Deese Jr. in the third quarter, and San Jose State defeated the Air Force 17-6 in the Mountain West Conference kick-off for both teams on Saturday night. Bailey Gaither linked his career with him eight receptions for 110 yards for the Spartans.

Starkel completed 22 of 29 passes for 226 yards with one interception. It was the senior’s 11th career start, but his first for the Spartans. Starkel made five starts for Texas A&M and then five starts for Arkansas before moving to San Jose State as a graduate.

Deese, a senior who came into the game with two career touchdowns, had TD catches of 7 and 11 yards, the latter giving San Jose State (1-0, 1-0) a 14-0 lead 43 seconds ahead the third quarter. Bailey Gaither combined his career with eight receptions for 110 yards.

It was the last start of a football season in the history of the state of San Jose. The last time the Spartans started a season in October was in 1936.

Air Force (1-1) had captured its winning streak in nine games – the third longest in program history.

Haaziq Daniels threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Patterson to bring the Falcons’ deficit down to 14-6 after a failed 2-point conversion attempt at 13:16.

The state of San Jose, which ended the 2019 season with a 17:16 win over the state of Fresno, has won two games in a row for the first time since 2014.

In accordance with local health and safety guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic, fans were not allowed to participate in the game.

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