Haener throws 4 TDs, and Fresno State beats San Jose St. 40-9
SAN JOSE, CA – Jake Hainer threw for 343 yards by fours and defeated Fresno State San Jose 40-9 on Thursday, winning her fourth Thanksgiving Day game at the Mountain West Conference.
Fresno State (9-3, 6-2) finished the first half with consecutive touches with a three-minute lead, then opened the second half with a field goal and relegation to take out San Jose State (5-7, 3-5).
Hanner reached out to Juan Rodriguez from six yards and then with Jordan Mims for 45 yards to build a 23-9 lead in the first half. In the second half, Haener had 29-yard touchdown passes to Jalen Cropper and 13 to Ronnie Rivers.
Cropper caught seven passes for 71 yards, and Rivers had five passes for 91 yards. Cropper also ran for a TD.
Fresno State stays half a game behind San Diego State in the Western Division at Mountain West.
Matt Mercurio scored 31, 26 and 36 yard field goals for San Jose State, which lost the last three. Nick Starkle was 19 of 42 passing for 260 yards.
Haener has passed 3,810 yards and 32 touchdowns this season. Haener is the seventh Bulldog to have a 3,000-yard passing season. He joined Kevin Sweeney (1984), Trent Dilfer (1992, 1993), David Carr (2001), Paul Pinegar (2005), Derek Carr (2011, 2021, 2013) and Marcus McMaryion (2018).
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