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By: Ana Kieu
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose State Spartans aren’t going to have its own Cinderella story this season, but they have plenty of things to look back on, and hopefully, learn from. In case you missed it, San Jose State lost their fifth straight regular season game and second straight home game to Colorado State 42-30. The Spartans were clearly unhappy with the final result, but there was nothing they could do except for prepare for this Saturday’s game versus Army West Point.
Here are my three takeaways from SJSU’s second straight home game vs. CSU. As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading.
3. Tyler Nevens’ return
Sophomore running back Tyler Nevens wasn’t listed in the Spartans’ possible starters list, but Nevens got to see some action on the field. Nevens returned from an injury, wore the No. 28 instead of the usual No. 23 and scored a 6-yard rushing touchdown late in the third quarter to help SJSU cut the Rams’ lead in half 28-14.
Nevens finished the night with 20 attempts, 73 yards, 1 touchdown 17 long gains and a 3.7 average. Not too shabby for a star running back who fought fairly hard in his much-anticipated return.
2. Tre Hartley’s impact
Fifth-year wide receiver Tre Hartley apparently realized that SJSU had to get back into the game vs. CSU. Hartley scored two passing touchdowns, a 24-yard passing touchdown and 51-yard passing touchdown, off quality passes from senior quarterback Josh Love.
Hartley finished the night with 96 yards, 2 touchdowns, 51 long gains and a 24 average along with 8 targets. Hartley’s apparent persistence helped the Spartans avoid a shutout by the Rams.
1. Rams’ vanishing offense
The Rams were off to a fiery start and carried a 28-0 lead to the locker room at the end of the first half. But the Rams, who were nearly as bad as the Spartans, came undone for the majority of the second half.
We can’t help but wonder about the Rams’ vanishing offense up until a gutsy fourth quarter when CSU scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown and a 55-yard interception to outlast SJSU. The Rams’ offense sputtered after a strong start, which allowed the Spartans to score 30 unanswered points. The Spartans just couldn’t close out the game.
Spartan nation, don’t forget that this Saturday’s game will be held at Levi’s Stadium. If you haven’t already purchased your tickets, you can call or text (408) 924-7589.