Final
1 2 3 4 T
Bears 3 3 9 3 18
Spartans 14 7 7 7 35
Passing
SJSU
224 Yards
Rushing
NORCOL
77 Yards
Receiving
SJSU
91 Yards

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Josh Love threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and San Jose State opened the season with a 35-18 victory over Northern Colorado on Thursday night.

Love, in his third season as a starter, was 21-of-31 passing for 224 yards. He threw a 7-yard scoring pass to Jermaine Braddock in the first quarter and a 14-yarder to a leaping Derrick Deese Jr. in the left side of the end zone in the third quarter. Love's 3-yard dive up the middle gave the Spartans a 21-6 halftime lead. DeJon Packer opened the scoring with a 1-yard run.

Collin Root kicked three field goals, his final one cutting San Jose State's lead to 10 early in the fourth quarter. But Bobby Brown intercepted a Jacob Knipp pass and returned it 14 yards to the Bears 13 and Tyler Nevans covered the rest in two carries, including the 8-yard score.

It was the first meeting between the programs. The Spartans are 16-2 against FCS teams.