Three takeaways from San Jose State’s 21-12 loss to Nevada on Senior Day

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By: Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose State Spartans were fired up for Senior Day on Saturday afternoon versus the Nevada Wolf Pack inside CEFCU Stadium. Unfortunately, things weren’t that great, and Spartans head coach Brent Brennan was unable to let this year’s seniors leave the game with a win.

Here are my three takeaways from SJSU’s 21-12 loss to Nevada.

Missing you
The Spartans got on the board first, thanks to five-year quarterback Michael Carillo’s one-yard touchdown pass to Josh Oliver, who ran for the opening touchdown. But senior kicker Bryce Crawford’s extra point attempt failed, so the Spartans settled for an early 6-0 lead to start the game.

Fast forward to the third quarter, where the Spartans made an effort to cut the Wolf Pack’s lead to 14-12. Carrillo threw yet another touchdown pass, a 22-yarder, to senior running back DeJon Packer for the touchdown. But the Spartans’ two-point conversion attempt failed, so there’s that too.

Needless to say, SJSU has failed at two extra point opportunities to cap off their touchdowns, so that’s something that the Spartan coaching staff needs to address to the Spartan players.

For the first time
If there’s anything the Spartans could look back upon to crack a smile, it’d be the superb moment when Christian Johnson picked up the fumble recovery in the second quarter for the first of his career.

Johnson is far from a household name, but he drew some attention to his name Saturday. That’s a good start for the sophomore defensive end, who has been competing for playing time on the Spartan defensive line thus far.

Keep up the good work, Johnson!

West Coast
The Spartans lost to the Wolf Pack in their final home game of the season, but the Senior Day has showcased this year’s seniors, including senior tight end Josh Oliver, who’s a versatile tight end who gives the Spartans a target on pass plays. Oliver also proved to be a capable blocker.

Before the game, no tight end in the nation has risen higher than Oliver, a Paso Robles, Calif. native, per Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy.

Nagy added that it seems like most, if not all, West Coast agents are on Oliver at the moment.

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