San Jose State lose 80-65 to get swept at Fresno State

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By Ana Kieu

The San Jose State Spartans concluded its back-to-back series against the Fresno State Bulldogs on Sunday at the Save Mart Center. The Spartans not only lost 80-65, but were also swept by the Bulldogs in a two-game rivalry series.

SJSU head coach Jean Prioleau put together a new starting lineup of Jalen Dalcourt, Omari Moore, Richard Washington, Nate Lacewell, and Ralph Agee. Dalcourt became a first-time starter for the Spartans.

Ralph Agee found his way inside the paint and made a layup to give the Spartans an early 2-0 lead. Nate Lacewell knocked down a jumper to make it 4-0 Spartans at 18:12 of the first half.

The Bulldogs tied the game at 6 and went ahead 9-6 in a span of 37 seconds. Deon Stroud found his way inside the paint and made a game-tying layup. Stroud followed up with a go-ahead 3-pointer.

Richard Washington knocked down a jumper to pull within one, but the Bulldogs persisted, scoring seven points for a 16-10 lead with 9:36 left in the half. Devin Gage hit a 3-pointer and Jordan Campbell made two layups in the paint.

Deon Stroud hit back-to-back 3-pointers to help the Bulldogs to a 13-point lead, 31-10, with 4:28 left in the half. The Bulldogs used a 13-2 lead to take a 38-20 lead with 2:09 left in the half. Nate Lacewell made a pair of free throws, and the Spartans entered halftime, trailing 41-25.

Although Jalen Dalcourt opened the scoring with an early 3-pointer, both the Bulldog offense and defense dominated the Spartans and never looked back. Orlando Robinson hit a 3-pointer to help the Bulldogs to a 20-point lead, 50-30, at 17:20 of the half.

The Bulldogs maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the half. While Nate Lacewell made a free throw with nine seconds remaining, it was too little, too late for the Spartans, who lost to the Bulldogs 80-65.

SJSU fell to 2-8, 0-6 Mountain West. Richard Washington led all scorers with 24 points.

FSU improved to 5-3, 3-3 Mountain West. Deon Stroud led all scorers with 22 points.

The Spartans continue their conference slate against the Colorado State Rams on Thursday, January 14 at 6:30 pm PT.

San Jose State falls to rival Fresno State 79-64

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By Ana Kieu

The San Jose State Spartans looked to win their second straight game as they began conference play with back-to-back games against the rival Fresno State Bulldogs.

Both teams played really hard, but the Spartans ended up losing to the Bulldogs 79-64 at the Save Mart Center on Friday night. SJSU is now 1-15 at the Save Mart Center.

The Spartans had a new opponent, but head coach Jean Prioleau kept the same starting five. Omari Moore, Richard Washington, Trey Smith, Nate Lacewell and Ralph Agee walked onto the court with their game faces on.

The Spartans drew first blood 21 seconds into the first half, thanks to Richard Washington’s jumper. Washington scored 7 points in the first four minutes of the game.

The Bulldogs tied the game at 2 and took a 7-2 lead, but the Spartans scored 9 points to tie the game at 11 at 15:56 of the first. Richard Washington made a jumper to make it 19-14 Spartans at 12:41 of the first. Washington’s back-to-back free throws and Sebastian Mendoza’s jumper gave the Spartans an 8-point lead, 24-16, at 10:40 of the first.

The Spartans’ lead didn’t last long. The Bulldog defense stepped up late, Deon Stroud made a game-tying jumper to tie the game at 31 with 5:50 left in the first and Orlando Robinson hit a 3-pointer to give Fresno State a 34-31 lead 55 seconds later.

The Bulldogs had a 38-34 lead at the final timeout with three minutes remaining in the first. San Jose State, however, went ahead for good after Richard Washington hit a 3-point jumper with one second left in the first. The Spartans led by three, 45-42, heading into the locker room at halftime.

Richard Washington struck first with a jumper for a 47-42 Spartans lead 31 seconds into the second half. Ralph Agee made it 49-42 Spartans at 18:40 of the second. SJSU proceeded to shoot 55% from the field and 50% from downtown and took a 5-point lead, 53-48, at 15:31 of the second.

Four turnovers in a span of 1:51 hurt the Spartans. The Bulldogs tied the game at 57 on a Junior Ballard 3-point jumper with 9:43 left in the second. Orlando Robinson caught a pass from Anthony Holland to make a layup and give the Bulldogs a 2-point lead, 59-57, with 8:47 left in the second.

Ralph Agee made a game-tying layup, but Fresno State used a 10-0 run to take a 10-point lead, 69-59, with 4:07 left in the second. The Bulldog defense shut down the Spartan offense, holding them to only 19 points in the second. The Bulldogs won 79-64.

FSU improved to 4-3, 2-3 Mountain West. Orlando Robinson led all scorers with 23 points. Four Bulldogs players finished in double figures.

SJSU fell to 2-7, 0-5 Mountain West. Richard Washington led all scorers with 30 points.

The Spartans and Bulldogs meet again on Sunday, January 10 at 4 pm PT.

San Jose State edges Fresno State 17-16 on Senior Night to win Valley Trophy

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By Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — For the San Jose State football team, Saturday night was a little bit more about celebrating 18 seniors on Senior Night. Those seniors were Chandler Hawkins, Zamore Zigler, Sailosi Latu, Jesse Osuna, Brandon Ezell, Josh Love, DeJon Packer, Ethan Aguayo, Christian Webb, Lionell Wiggins, Korey Mariboho, Deano Motes, Troy Kowalski, Bailey Gaither, Brett Foley, Duane Tuatasi, Alex Galland, and Quinn Oseland.

With that said, SJSU had their game faces on when the Fresno State Bulldogs were in town. Senior quarterback Josh Love and the Spartan offense opened the game with the ball. But the Bulldogs struck first as senior quarterback Jorge Reyna threw a 38-yard pass to tight end Jared Rice, who ran for the opening touchdown, and Cesar Silva kicked in the extra point. It was 7-0 Bulldogs with 7:49 left in the first quarter.

Fresno State made it a 14-0 game just 2:41 later. Ronnie Rivers rushed for a 5-yard rushing touchdown and Silva kicked in the extra point.

Junior center Kyle Hoppe suffered an injury and didn’t return. However, SJSU got on the board first as Matt Mercurio kicked a 22-yard field goal to reduce the deficit to 14-3 with 1:13 left in the first. The Bulldogs led 14-3 at the end of the first.

The second quarter looked better for the Spartans. Jay Lenard snagged an interception–his second interception of the season–for the first turnover of the game late in the second.

Just minutes after Cade Hall showed some moves with the strip sack, Justin Rice kicked a 10-yard field goal to extend the Bulldogs’ lead to 16-3 with 5:27 left in the second. The Bulldogs led 16-3 at halftime.

SJSU pulled within six to cut the deficit to 16-10 with 9:43 left in the third quarter. Love rushed for a 2-yard rushing touchdown and Mercurio kicked in the extra point. The Spartans continued to trail 16-10 after the third.

DeJon Packer saved the night for the Spartans. Packer rushed for a 10-yard rushing touchdown to put the Spartans up 17-16 with 2:11 left in the fourth quarter. Packer’s touchdown was all the Spartans needed to beat Fresno State 17-16 and keep the Valley Trophy for the first time since 2016.

With the win, SJSU finished the regular season 5-7, 2-6 Mountain West. Fresno State wrapped up the season 4-8, 2-6 Mountain West.

Follow me on Twitter @AnaKieu for San Jose State football offseason updates.

San Jose State to host Fresno State for the Valley Trophy

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By Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose State football team hasn’t seized the Valley Trophy since 2016. Can the Spartans snap the Fresno State Bulldogs’ two-game win streak in the fierce Mountain West rivalry this Saturday? We don’t know, but we can tell you what you need to know about Saturday’s matchup.

GAME #12
San Jose State vs. Fresno State
CEFCU Stadium, San Jose, Calif.
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, 7:30 pm PT

4-7, 1-6 Mountain West. Most recently, the Spartans lost at UNLV, 42-40, on Nov. 23 in a MW game. SJSU seeks to end a three-game losing streak and finish a season with a victory for the fourth time in five seasons.

4-7, 2-5 Mountain West The Bulldogs lost to Nevada, 35-28, on Nov.  23, in a MW contest. UNLV is in the midst of a three-game losing streak.

KKSF (910 AM, Oakland), RealTalk 910, is the new flagship radio station for SJSU football. Justin Allegri calls the play-by-play. Kevin Richardson provides commentary. The UNLV broadcast begins at 7:00 pm PT with a pregame show.

Network affiliates are KION (1460 AM/101.1 FM, Salinas), KFIV (1360 AM, Modesto), KWSX (1280 AM, Stockton).

The San Jose State vs. Fresno State broadcast with Allegri and Richardson calling the action also will be carried on Channel 976.

KSJS (90.5FM, San Jose) also will carry a play-by-play broadcast of the SJSU vs. Fresno State football game. Air time is 7:15 pm PT with a pregame show.

ESPN2 will provide broadcast coverage beginning at 7:30 pm PT. Dave Lamont calls the play-by-play. Ray Bentley provides commentary. Taylor McGregor is the sideline reporter.

Fresno State leads the series, 42-37-3, in a series that began in 1921. The Spartans have faced the Bulldogs more times than any other opponent and vice versa.

Fresno State has won the last two meetings between these teams including a 31-13 victory last year in Fresno. SJSU’s last win in the series was a 16-14 triumph in Fresno to conclude the 2016 season.

Since 2013, the teams have played for the Valley Trophy signifying SJSU’s representation of the metropolitan, high-tech Silicon Valley and Fresno State representing the agricultural-rich San Joaquin Valley. Each team has kept the oversized Valley Trophy for three seasons.

The 2019 game marks the 21st time SJSU is finishing a regular season against Fresno State. The Bulldogs are winners of 14 of these 20 games, but the Spartans have triumphs in three of the last four season finales for the two teams with wins in 2016 (16-14 at Fresno), 2013 (62-52 in San Jose) and 2011 (27-24 in Fresno).

The 2013 victory over then-#16-ranked and unbeaten Fresno State was SJSU’s last win over a top-20 ranked opponent. The Spartans are 3-4 against the Bulldogs with wins in 2013, 1990 and 1986 when Fresno State was a nationally-ranked opponent.

The 83rd meeting between these teams also is the first time since 2008 the teams are concluding a regular season on ESPN2.

SJSU is 5-5 in its last 10 regular season finales. The last time the Spartans finished the regular season with a win was a 20-17 victory over Wyoming in 2017 inside CEFCU Stadium.

For SJSU, 18 seniors are expected to participate in Senior Night pregame activities. Eleven of the 18 can be considered starting players. Five of the 18, tight end Brett Foley, punter Alex Galland, defensive back Chandler Hawkins, and offensive linemen Deano Motes and Quinn Oseland are pursuing master’s degrees. The 2019 senior class is the largest in Brent Brennan’s three seasons as the Spartans’ head coach.

SJSU has scored 344 points in its first 11 games. The current point total is the most by the Spartans in a season since 2015 when the team won the AutoNation Cure Bowl in a 13-game season scoring 363 points.

The last season SJSU scored at least 344 points in a 12-game regular season was in 2013 when the team scored 389 points.

SJSU has scored 30 or more points in eight of its 11 games this season compared to four a year ago. The last time SJSU scored 30 or more points eight times in a season was in 2012 when the Spartans posted an 11-2 win-loss record and a Military Bowl victory.

In its football history dating back to 1893, SJSU hasn’t scored 30 or more points nine times in one season.

With a late-season surge, Spartans quarterback Josh Love made his way into the MW’s top-10 in several categories.

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San Jose State closes out regular season with horrifically embarrassing loss at Fresno State 121-81

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By: Ana Kieu

The San Jose State’s men’s basketball team wrapped up 2019 with a road game at the Fresno State Bulldogs in Save Mart Center Saturday.

Just moments before the tip-off, Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau announced his starting lineup of Michael Steadman, Zach Chappell, Noah Baumann, Seneca Knight, and Ashtin Chastain.

The rivalry game started a little later than expected due to the fact the Bulldogs honored their three seniors–Braxton Huggins, Deshon Taylor, and Sam Bittner–on Senior Night.

The Bulldogs won the tip and the game went underway. SJSU got on the board first, but Huggins hit back-to-back three-pointers to give Fresno State a 6-3 lead at the 17:45 mark. With those threes, Fresno State tied their new school record with 303 threes and counting this season.

Huggins continued his dominance with seven three-pointers with 8:30 left. The Spartans trailed 35-26, which was unfortunate given the fact they held ties and mere leads up until this point. Huggins had a game-high 21 points and gave the Bulldogs a 37-26 lead with 7:44 left. Meanwhile, SJSU shot 10-of-14 with less than seven minutes left.

Taylor made a pair of free throws to make it a 40-27 game in favor of Fresno State with 6:36 left. Fast forward to the timeout, where the Bulldogs led 43-34 at the Bulldogs’ timeout with 4:31 left. The Spartans later stormed off to the locker room with a 59-40 deficit at halftime. Though, SJSU outshot Fresno State by seven percent, so that was one of the silver linings. The other silver lining was the Spartans’ leading scorers in Knight and Steadman–both of whom scored 11 points each.

As if there wasn’t already enough Huggins in the first half, Huggins opened the scoring with quite a few attention-grabbing shots in the second half.

SJSU trailed 73-47 at the 16:18 mark. Fresno State’s trap got to SJSU and that eventually led to Prioleau putting Brian Rodriguez-Flores, a walk-on guard from Phoenix, in the Spartans’ lineup just minutes before the 10-minute mark. Rodriguez-Flores, however, didn’t provide much assistance to the Spartans, who were overwhelmed by the Bulldogs, who made it rain with threes. Noah Blackwell set the record for most threes in conference play in MWC history. Also, Huggins tied the school record for most threes made in a single game.

Blackwell made a pair of free throws to extend the Bulldogs’ lead to 100-70 with 6:21 left. The Bulldogs had more records to chase in the Save Mart Center and that they did. Fresno State (22-8, 13-5 MW) refused to stop playing offensively and San Jose State (4-26, 1-17 MW) suffered a 121-81 loss to close out the regular season.

SJSU gears up to take on the #6 Air Force Falcons in the first round of the MWC Tournament in Las Vegas. Game three is set for Wednesday, March 13 at 4:00 pm PT. Follow me on Twitter @AnaKieu for live updates.

San Jose State drops conference opener to Fresno State 73-53

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By: Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose State Spartans won two games in a row, but ended 2018 with a loud thud following a three-game losing skid on a Bay Area road trip. Moreover, it was up to SJSU to open up 2019 on a positive note in a rivalry game versus the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Event Center Wednesday evening. Unfortunately, the result was negative to say the least.

Prior to the tipoff, Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau announced his starting lineup of Brae Ivey, Noah Baumann, Craig LeCesne, Michael Steadman and Oumar Barry.

The Spartans won the tip and the game went underway in San Jose. Barry made a layup in the paint to get things started, but Nate Grimes tied the score at two apiece and Noah Blackwell put the Bulldogs up 5-2 with a 3-pointer at the 18:56 mark of the first period. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Fresno State responded to the Spartans’ first bucket of the game with a 9-0 run. But SJSU countered, thanks to Seneca Knight’s 3 at 15:56.

The Spartans were back in business as Baumann followed suit with a 3 of his own and Ivey made a couple of layups on the fastbreak. SJSU cut Fresno State’s lead to six at 12:44. Steadman knocked down two jumpers in the paint to help the Spartans within two just 30 seconds later.

It was a little over 10 minutes when the home crowd realized Fresno State refused to go down without a fight if they haven’t already done so. Blackwell, DeShon Taylor and Sam Bittner poured in the points for the Bulldogs, who led 26-19 with 8:27 left.

Soon, the game turned into a rather feisty exchange of 3s. Both teams hit 3s of their own, beginning with Ivey. New Williams responded. Then, Barry answered. The score was 29-25 Spartans with 6:33 left.

With 3:29 left, Fresno State led 31-25 at the final media timeout of the first. If anything was in favor of the Spartans, Ivey led the home team with seven points.

Still, Fresno State refused to back down. The Bulldogs went on a whopping 16-0 run to close out the first with a 47-25 lead. The Spartans went to the locker room in hopes of coming up with a successful plan to gain a much-needed advantage in the second half.

Both teams exchanged leads in a back and forth second period, but the Spartans’ offense gained some traction in the half. There was a good amount of 3s, free throws, jumpers and layups.

Fast forward almost 10 minutes later, and the Spartans’ shooting pretty much went cold except for Steadman’s 3 with 6:03 left in the second. With a little over two minutes left, Zach Chappell made a pair of free throws on the fastbreak to pull the Spartans within 19. But, Fresno State let the clock wind down, and SJSU lost by a final score of 73-53.

The Spartans head to Reno for a road tilt against the No. 6 Nevada Wolf Pack Wednesday, January 9 at 8:00 pm PT on CBS Sports.

San Jose State opens up conference play Wednesday vs. Fresno State

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By: Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose State men’s basketball concluded their nonconference portion of the schedule with a lowly 3-9 record. The Spartans now turn their attention to Mountain West teams for conference play, starting this Wednesday against the Fresno State Bulldogs. Justin Allegri will have the play-by-play call for the Mountain West Network and KLIV 1590 AM.

Here’s what you need to know before Wednesday’s rivalry game:

Game #13
Fresno State (9-3) at San Jose State (3-9)
Wednesday, January 2 at 7:00 pm PT
Event Center (5,000)
San Jose, Calif.

Live Stats
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What would a Spartans’ win mean?
SJSU is 0-5 in conference openers since joining the league prior to the 2013-14 season. Two of those losses were at the hands of Nevada while the other three were against Utah State, including last season in a 86-72 loss in Logan, Utah. A win would also be the fourth of the season, tying last season’s overall total.

On the other had, Fresno State has a 1-5 record in MW openers.

Peace out, 2018! 
After two close and promising losses at Stanford and Cal, the Spartans closed out the nonconference slate on a bitter note as they were held to a season-low 45 points in a 75-45 loss at Saint Mary’s in Moraga, Calif. SJSU finished the nonconference slate 3-9.

Sharpest shooter in the west (and nation)
Sophomore Noah Baumann ranks second in the nation in three-point FG percentage. He is touting a 56.6% clip on 30-of-53 shooting. He is also averaging 2.5 3’s per game, which ranks in the top-10 in the MW.

Baumann is averaging 14.8 points per game in the last five games and is touting a gaudy 60% clip from 3-point range (18-30).

Steady Steadman
JUCO transfer Michael Steadman has made a big impact this season as a leader on and off the court. The 6’10″ forward is averaging a team-high 13.4 points per game and ranks fourth in the MW with 9.2 rebounds per game. He also ranks 42nd nationally in rebounds per game and 39th in defensive rebounds per game. He has 5 double-doubles on the season, ranking third in the MW and has scored in double figures in 11-of-12 games, including 10 straight.

Staff shakeup
Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau made some changes to his staff in the offseason as he brought in former NC State All-American Julius Hodge as an assistant coach and promoted director of operations Ryan Cooper to assistant coach.

Oh my, Oumar! 
Senior center Oumar Barry is playing his best basketball as a Spartan as of late. Against Bethune-Cookman, he finished with a then-career-high 13 points and 7 rebounds. He followed that up with his most dominating performance at SJSU as he recorded his first career double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, his first-career game with double digit rebounds. Barry also blocked 2 shots and was 7-of-10 at the free throw line to help the Spartans to a win.

Barry followed up with another double-double against Stanford (15 points, 10 rebound). After playing 38 career games without recording a double-double, he now has 2 in the last 4 games.

Barry then scored a career-high 18 points before fouling out with 4:36 to play at Cal and led the team with 11 points at Saint Mary’s. In his last 5 games, he leads the team with 14.8 points per game and is averaging 7.6 rebounds.

Longstanding rivalry
The longstanding rivalry between Fresno State and San Jose State will see the 172nd game of the series played on Wednesday. The series dates back to Dec. 18, 1916 in a 58-32 Spartan victory. Since then, SJSU has posted a 53-31 record in home games.

The Bulldogs enter the game currently third in the MW standings at 9-3. Their last game was a 64-60 loss to Utah Valley, which snapped a 7-game win streak, among the longest in the nation at the time. A pair of Bulldogs are averaging 18 points per game in Braxton Huggins and Deshon Taylor, ranking in the top-6 in the MW scoring standings. Fresno State is led by first year head coach Justin Hutson.

Cal Bears basketball podcast with Michael Duca and Morris Phillips: McNeil and Kelly lead the way in Cal’s 88-80 win over SJSU photo: The Cal Bears Darius McNiel (1) led Cal in scoring with 22 points against the San Jose State Spartans at Haas Pavilion Friday night in Berkeley

On the Cal Bears basketball podcast with Michael and Morris:

In a Christmas-break clash between two local rebuilding programs, the California Golden Bears and San Jose State Spartans met at Haas Pavilion Friday evening in front of a small but enthusiastic crowd. Cal prevailed, 88-80. Darius McNeil (season-high 22 points) and Andre Kelly (21 points and 10 rebounds, both career highs) led Cal, while Oumar Barry had a career-high 18 points, one of four Spartans in double figures.

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Cal Bears basketball podcast with Morris Phillips: It’s unsettling as Cal can make you crazy in close game wins

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On the Cal basketball podcast with Morris:

#1 Talk about that unsettled feeling after 48 hours even after getting a buzzer beater win past Cal Poly on Saturday night at Haas Pavilion 67-66.

#2 Cal head coach Wyking Jones said that the shots weren’t falling, but said that he’s happy with the team and that’s most important.

#3 Cal was able to wipe out a ten-point run against Cal Poly. The Mustangs were able to play catch up, and at one point, the game was tied 65-65.

#4 Donavon Fields had 26 points for Cal Poly and was one of the players that kept the Mustangs in the game.

#5 It’s off to Fresno for some Mountain West basketball on Wednesday night. Can the Bears win their third game in a row?

Morris Phillips is a beat writer for Cal Bears basketball at

Three takeaways from San Jose State’s 31-13 loss at Fresno State

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By: Ana Kieu 

After a dismal 2-11 season in 2017, the football shenanigans at San Jose State actually worsened to a depressing 1-11 season in 2018. Needless to say, San Jose State finished this season with a 31-13 loss at Fresno State and failed to capture the Valley Trophy for the second year in a row.

Here are my three takeaways from San Jose State’s loss at Fresno State. 

Stranger things 
What stood out to me was that Spartan linebacker Jesse Osuna was called for 2 unsportsmanlike penalties–one in the third quarter and the other in the fourth quarter. Yet, Osuna somehow managed to play another down for the Spartans. 

And, on the very next play, a Bulldog running back fumbled and Osuna recovered the ball. That was a rather odd sequence and there was a chance that none of the media knew why Osuna was still on the field. 

Osuna led the Spartans in tackles with 14 in the second half. 

Light that defense up 

Spartan wide receiver Tre Walker continued to light that defense up when he scored his first touchdown of the game–a 4-yarder off a pass from quarterback Michael Carrillo. 

Walker finished the game with 11 receiving yards, 116 yards and 1 touchdown. The Spartans weren’t red-hot, but Walker proved to be the real deal for the rebuilding Spartan team. 

Unlikely moment 

Spartan cornerback Nehemiah Shelton did something that probably no one saw coming. Shelton broke up a pass intended for Bulldog wide receiver KeeSean Jackson in the back of the end zone late in the second quarter. As a result, Shelton’s pass breakup forced a Bulldog field goal for a 3-0 lead to close out the first half of the game. 

Although it wasn’t a pretty sight that the Bulldogs got on the board first, you can’t deny that Shelton’s pass breakup was a really tough thing to do against a top 3 wide receiver in the nation.