Graduate transfer quarterback Nick Starkel led the San Jose State Spartans to their first conference title in 29 years after beating the Boise State Broncos 34-20 in the Mountain West Championship Game.
The former Argyle Liberty Christian star earned Offensive Most Valuable Player honors after throwing for 453 yards and a touchdown on 32 of 52 pass attempts. His one-yard touchdown toss iced the game with 3 minutes, 48 seconds remaining.
San Jose State (7-0) finished the regulars season ranked 22nd in the latest College Football Playoff rankings and 19th in the latest Associated Press College Football Poll after beating Boise State (5-2).
Starkel played for Texas A&M from 2016-18, transferred to Arkansas for thee2019 season and then came to San Jose. He passed for 4,745 yards and 48 touchdowns in three varsity season at Liberty Christian.
San Jose State will play Ball State (6-1), out of the Mid-American Conference, in the Arizona Bowl at 11 a.m. on Dec. 31 on CBS.