Oct. 4, 2009

Courtesy of Cal Poly Athletics

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Carlton Gillespie recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown with 2:09 to play in the game, snapping a 14-14 tie and lifting No. 17 Cal Poly to a 21-14 victory over No. 19 South Dakota State in a non-conference football game Saturday night before 10,331 in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

Mustang linebacker Marty Mohamed forced the fumble by Jackrabbit backup quarterback Thomas O'Brien and Gillespie fell on the ball in the end zone for the tiebreaking score as Cal Poly evened its record at 2-2.

South Dakota State fell to 3-1.

Junior running back Kyle Minett scored South Dakota State's touchdowns on runs of one and nine yards for 7-0 and 14-7 leads in the first half.

Cal Poly answered with a two-yard run by sophomore slotback David Mahr in the first period, tying the game at 7-7, and a 47-yard interception return by sophomore cornerback Asa Jackson late in the second quarter, tying the game again at 14-14.

Neither team scored again until the fumble recovery by Gillespie late in the fourth quarter.

Cal Poly accumulated a 20-14 advantage in first downs, 202-89 in yards rushing and 333-305 in total offense. The Jackrabbits outgained the Mustangs in passing yards, 216-131.

Mustang quarterback Tony Smith completed 13 of 24 passes for 131 yards and he was intercepted once.

O'Brien connected on 13 of 22 passes for 98 yards and was intercepted twice - one by Jackson and the other by Scottie Cordier, his third of the season, with 1:25 to go in the game, sealing the victory for the Mustangs.

Jackrabbit starting quarterback Ryan Crawford completed five of 10 passes for 118 yards before leaving the game with a leg injury in the second quarter.

Mahr was Cal Poly's top receiver with five catches for 35 yards. Junior wide receiver Dominique Johnson added four catches for 31 yards before he left the game with a shoulder injury.

Senior slotback Jaymes Thierry gained 57 yards on 12 carries. Smith added 47 yards on nine tripes and junior fullback Jordan Yocum netted 43 yards onb 13 carries.

South Dakota State's running game was paced by Minett with 56 yards on 17 carries. He has scored at least one touchdown in nine consecutive games.

Glen Fox and Colin Cochart were the top Jackrabbit receivers with five receptions each.

Mohamed equaled his career high with 13 tackles, nine of them solo. Two of his tackles were sacks.

Defensive back Cole Brodie recorded 12 tackles for the Jackrabbits and Conrad Kjerstad, also a defensive back, notched an interception.

The Mustangs controlled the clock, holding a nine-minute advantage in time of possession -- 34:48 to 25:12 -- and converted 9-of-17 third-down attempts. South Dakota State, which came into the game ranked fifth in the Football Championship Subdivision in third-down conversions at 51 percent, converted only 4-of-13 attempts.

The game featured 15 punts -- eight by the Jackrabbits.

With the win, the Mustangs now lead in the all-time series, 4-2.