The San José State Spartans (3-4, 1-2) lose to the No. 24 San Diego State Aztecs (6-0, 2-0), 19-13, in Double Overtime inside CEFCU Stadium Friday night.
SJSU has no one to blame but themselves for this loss. They committed 12 penalties for 101 yards and threw an interception in the second overtime.
Brent Brennan also deserves a lot of blame for the loss as well. SJSU had the ball in a 6-6 game, with under a minute to go and no timeouts at the Aztecs 35-yard line and a third-and-four. Instead of trying to get your field goal kicker more yardage to make life easier on him, Brennan wanted quarterback Nick Nash to drain the play clock and spike the ball, which Nash did, with 20 seconds remaining.
Matt Mercurio’s career long is a 49-yard field goal. And of course, he missed the 52-yard field goal to potentially win the game.
Why on earth, with 40 seconds left in the game, is Brennan refusing to get his kicker more yardage to make it a shorter field goal when his career long is 49-yards?!?!?!
SJSU’s defense played phenomenal tonight and held San Diego State to 240 total yards and held the Aztecs lethal rushing attack to just 70 rushing yards.
Nick Starkel was out again for the Spartans.
Nick Nash I thought played OK, outside of the stupid forced pass in double OT that resulted in an interception. Nash completed 16-of-34 passes for 224 yards and the interception.
Tyler Nevens ran for 73 yards on 27 carries with a touchdown.
Derrick Deese Jr. stepped up big time for the Spartans offense like he’s done so many times this year. Deese had six receptions for 113 yards, and a few of those catches were massive to get first downs and keep drives going.
It was a disappointing finish and the defense kept SJSU in the game. This would have been a potential season changing win if the Spartans were able to come through victorious.
San José State will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada to play the UNLV Rebels (0-5, 0-1) inside Allegiant Stadium on Thursday, October 21st. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:00 PM (Central Time) and will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.