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By: Ana Kieu
The San Jose State Spartans won’t be writing a Cinderella story this season, but they finally came through on Saturday night with a 50-37 rout of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels. That far-fetched victory sparked a wide range of exhilarating emotions in the Spartans’ locker room at CEFCU Stadium. This was the Spartans’ first win since November 27, 2017 versus the Wyoming Cowboys 20-17.
Now, SJSU has something to build upon, as they’ll head to Laramie, Wyo. to take on the Cowboys on Saturday, November 3 at 11:00 am PT. The Spartans claim that they’re just getting started, so let’s see what’ll happen next.
Here are my three takeaways from SJSU’s first win of the season.
The real Tyler Nevens stood up
Okay, the Spartans’ run game has been far from one of the best in the Mountain West conference, but sophomore running back Tyler Nevens had a bounce back game. Nevens went for 103 yards and a touchdown.
If you watched the game, you saw the Rebels were able to pick up a few first downs through the air before Max Gilliam ran one in from 6 yards out. Josh Love completed a deep ball pass to Thai Cottrell for a gain of 60 yards on the next possession. Nevens pounded it in from the 4-yard line on the next play. The Spartan defense then forced a turnover on downs after the Rebels were unable to convert a 3rd and 2 and then a 4th and 1.
Tre Walker got a good feeling
Sophomore wide receiver Tre Walker went for 104 yards and a touchdown on 5 receptions. Josh Love threw a 37-yard touchdown to Walker to put the Spartans up 24-21 at halftime. That, my friends, was 37 yards of perfection.
Walker has been making spectacular catches week after week, and Saturday’s game was yet another example to prove his greatness. Walker led the Spartans with 104 yards receiving and helped the Spartans maintain a halftime lead for the first time since the win last November versus the Cowboys.
Josh Love proved the naysayers wrong
Senior quarterback Josh Love redeemed himself with 25 completions on 36 attempts, 335 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. Love has proved that he has been able to make big plays happen and read the Rebel defense. Yes, I know the Rebel defense was weak and ranked 120th in S&P+, but Love was able to get the ball out of his hands and into his fellow teammates’ hands for the much-needed touchdowns.
Of course, the Rebel committed 3 turnovers, so that also helped the Spartans out to a 50-37 win at home. Moreover, Love was named the Spartans’ player of the game, which was well-deserved.
The Spartans’ record hasn’t shown excellence, but the team’s character has spoke volumes to the general public. Whether or not you follow the team, their Saturday victory was well-deserved and there’ll be more good news coming in your direction.