San Jose State beats Hawaii in Mountain West action

SAN JOSE — The pass link between Chevan Cordeiro and Elijah Cooks continues to click for the San Jose State soccer team.

Cooks caught a career-best 10 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, and the Spartans celebrated a two-game losing streak with a 27-14 win over Hawaii on Saturday afternoon in front of 15,012 fans at CEFCU Stadium.

Already qualified for the Bowl, SJSU (7-4, 5-3 Mountain West) increased their chances of being selected for the postseason for the second time in three seasons.

Cordeiro, who joined San Jose State from Hawaii for the season, completed 17 of 26 attempts for 208 yards with his two touchdowns going to Cooks, a graduate transfer from Nevada.

Cooks now has a career-best and MWC-leading 10 TD catches this season. In his last six games, he has 40 receptions for 575 yards and seven points.

When the Spartans had to convert a fourth and fourth game from Hawaii’s 34-yard line with just over 8 minutes left, Cordeiro went down to the 6-foot-4 Cooks, who scored a dive catch for a first down on 5 .

San Jose couldn’t redeem the game for a touchdown, but playing Taren Schive’s 22-yard field goal at 7:08 gave the Spartans a 13-point lead.

Hawaii (3-10, 2-6) got to the SJSU 2-yard line in the last 3 minutes before the Spartans’ defense twice met losses before linebacker Viliami Fehoko fired Brayden Shager on the fourth down to end the threat to end.