Three takeaways from SJSU at Washington State

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By: Ana Kieu

In case you missed it, the San Jose State Spartans were shutout by the Washington Cougars 31-0. Okay, you didn’t miss much, unless if you were a Cougar fan. But seriously, the Spartan fans deserve better; and it doesn’t even have to be a pretty Cinderella story. It just has to be more than two wins this season.

Here are three takeaways from SJSU at WSU. As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading.

3. Vanishing offense
If you follow SJSU, you should already know that the Spartan defense was there. Inside linebacker Jesse Osuna was one of the few bright spots for the Spartans, as he led their defense with 7 tackles and 1 interception at the half.

But where was the Spartan offense? That’s a question that may never receive a concrete answer. The offense was nowhere to be found in the first half and it certainly didn’t show signs of life in the second half. Moreover, quarterback Montel Aaron looked nervous during parts of the game and threw off his back foot countless times. Aaron just didn’t look like he was able to handle the inevitable pressure.

2. Lack of yards from scrimmage
The Spartans had just 109 total yards, as opposed to the Cougars’ 544 total yards. For the Spartans, 9 of those 109 yards were rushing. For the Cougars, 124 of those 544 yards were rushing. Those were major differences among the two teams, and SJSU has nowhere to go but onward.

1. No power of interceptions
The Spartans caught three interceptions, but were unable to capitalize on any of them. Sure, it was awesome freshman linebacker Kyle Harmon came away with an interception for his first career interception and third interception of the game, but the Freedom High School alum was unable to capitalize on it.

SJSU will take on No. 15 Oregon on Saturday, September 15 at 2:00 pm PDT on the Pac-12 Network along with KLIV 1590 AM and KSJS 90.5 FM.

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