ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBS/AP) — Austin Lopez kicked four field goals to complement a strong defensive effort as San Jose State blanked Navy 12-0 on Saturday, marking the first time in six years that the Midshipmen have been shut out.
Lopez’s kicks came from 29, 19, 32 and 43 yards as the Spartans failed to score a touchdown despite gaining 388 yards against the Navy defense.
Lopez, a freshman, is now 9 for 9 on field goal attempts this season. The 43-yard field goal matched his season-long.
The 4-1 start by the Spartans is the best since their 2006 New Mexico Bowl team opened the season with a loss followed by four wins in a row.
The last time Navy opened the season 1-3 was in 2002 when they finished 2-10 for the season.
David Fales completed 29 of 34 passes for 280 yards for San Jose State as Ryan Otten (94 yards) and Kyle Mann (62 yards) each had eight catches. Still, the Spartans needed to turn to their defense to shut down Navy’s triple option offense.
The Midshipmen gained just 144 yards, their fewest since Nov. 16, 2002, when they gained only 82. Trey Miller led Navy with 28 yards on 14 carries and completed 4 of 9 passes for 41 yards before he was replaced by freshman Keenan Reynolds in the fourth quarter.
The Spartans were without their top tackler from the last two seasons, Keith Smith. His replacement, Josh Fasavalu, led the team with nine tackles and recovered a key fumble on Navy’s first drive.
On that possession, Navy drove 66 yards after the kickoff but turned the ball over on a fumble by Miller at the 9, which was caused by Travis Johnson. Ranked fourth in the nation in sacks coming into the game, San Jose State had four sacks. David Ogburn Jr. also had a second-half interception for the Spartans.
San Jose State led 3-0 at the break after Lopez’s 29-yard field goal with 10:48 left in in the half. The kick followed an 11-play, 68-yard drive by the Spartans.
Lopez also kicked a 19-yard field goal following a 73-yard Spartans drive that lasted 7 minutes, 8 seconds to start the second half. He kicked his last two field goals in the fourth quarter to cap drives of 58 and 19 yards.
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