The San Jose State Spartans football team defeated the Nevada Wolf Pack Friday night, 30-20. With the win, SJSU will be playing in the Mountain West Conference Championship game next week!
San Jose State looked less than stellar in the first half, but regrouped and played a much better second half.
SJSU returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 20-14.
Then, to me the turning point came on the very next Nevada possession. Nevada was slicing the Spartans defense like they did all first half, and then fumbled at the 1-yard line. It was a very questionable call and I thought Toa Taua’s knees were down prior to the ball coming loose, but the reviewed it and the call on the field (fumble) stood.
The Spartans then went 99-yards for a TD to take a 21-20 lead and never looked back.
The next SJSU break came with about nine minutes remaining in the game when it appeared the Nevada wide receiver came down with a catch. The officials threw a flag for defensive pass interference (which was a good call), but called it an incomplete pass, so Nevada accepted the penalty and they never reviewed the catch/no-catch. Nevada went on to fumble the very next play.
God was a Spartan Friday night!
The Mountain West Championship game is next Saturday, December 19. SJSU will play either Nevada or Boise State. If Boise State beats Wyoming, then Boise State with be the opponent. If Wyoming beats Boise State, then Nevada will be the opponent.
I couldn’t be happier for the loyal SJSU fans, especially my neighbor when I lived in California. The SJSU fan base has gone through some very rough years over the past 30 seasons and they deserve this!