San Jose State unable to seize the Valley Trophy after 31-13 loss to Fresno State

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By: Ana Kieu 

San Jose State’s season is a lost cause, but there was one thing on their minds on Saturday and that was to bring the Valley Trophy back to San Jose, Calif. with a win over Fresno State at the Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, Calif. 

The Spartans were hyped for the rivalry game. Both their war huddle and locker room displayed the fact that the team was unable to contain their excitement on facing the Bulldogs in a nationally televised game on ESPNU.

The Spartans’ road jerseys against the Bulldogs were absolutely beauties. The blue and gold font on white were timeless ensembles that won’t go out of style anytime soon.

The first quarter was pretty much slow on both ends of the field. San Jose State, however, forced a fumble that was recovered by Tre White. 

The Spartan defense played lights out, while the Spartan offense struggled in the second quarter. Yet, Asa Fuller kicked in a 32-yard field goal to get the Bulldogs on the board 3-0 with only 3 seconds left in the first half. The Bulldogs carried a mere 3-0 lead to the locker room at the end of the half.

Yes, there was hope for the Spartans, who could’ve bounced back to seize the Valley Trophy, but that wish never came true. 

Sure, Tyler Nevens jumped up and over for the Spartan first down, but that astonishing moment was nothing compared to the Bulldogs’ 2 touchdowns in 4:58 for a 17-0 lead at the end of the third quarter. Jordan Mims ran for a 1-yard touchdown with 5:30 left in the third and Marcus McMaryion threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to KeeSean Johnson with 32 seconds left in the third. Fuller kicked in the extra points for both Bulldogs touchdowns.

The Spartans got a head start early in the fourth quarter. Michael Carrillo threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to Malike Roberson to reduce the Bulldogs’ lead to 17-7 at the 14:47 mark of the fourth.

But the Bulldogs refused to back down. McMaryion threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Ronnie Rivers and Fuller kicked in the extra point to expand the Bulldogs’ lead to 24-7 at the 11:59 mark of the fourth. 

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Carrillo’s pass was intercepted for a Bulldogs touchdown. Arron Mosby returned the pass for a 95-yard touchdown and Fuller kicked in the extra point to make it 31-7 Bulldogs with 4:08 left in the fourth. 

The Spartans pulled within 18 to cut the Bulldogs’ deficit to 31-13 with 1:24 left in regulation. Carrillo threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Tre Walker and the Spartans went for the 2-point conversion but failed in their attempt.

The Spartans lost to the Bulldogs 31-13. With the loss, San Jose State hasn’t captured the Valley Trophy since Nov. 26, 2016 at Fresno State under former head coach Ron Caragher, who was fired at the end of the 2016 season. 

The Spartans wrap up the 2018 season with a 1-11 record following a slightly better 2-11 season under head coach Brent Brennan.

San Jose State to close out season at No. 23 Fresno State

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By: Ana Kieu

Here are two things you should know about San Jose State’s upcoming game at No. 23 Fresno State. First off, SJSU has its sights on the Valley Trophy. Second, Owen Roberts has a team-best 8.5 tackles for loss.

Here are some other things you should know about SJSU at No. 23 Fresno State.

Game No. 12
San Jose State at No. RV/No. 23 Fresno State    
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018
Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, Calif., 4:00 pm PT

SJSU’s record
1-10, 1-6 Mountain West. Most recently, the Spartans lost to Nevada, 21-12, on Nov. 17.

Fresno State’s record
9-2, 6-1 Mountain West. The  Bulldogs won for the eighth time in their last nine contests, defeating San Diego State, 23-14, on Nov. 17.

KLIV (1590 AM, San Jose) originates SJSU football broadcasts. Justin Allegri calls the play-by-play. Kevin Richardson provides commentary. The Fresno State broadcast begins at 3:30 pm PT with a pregame show.

ESPNU will provide play-by-play coverage of the SJSU-Fresno State game. Jay Alter calls the play-by-play. Ray Bentley offers analysis. The live telecast is scheduled for 4:00 pm PT.

Series history
Fresno State leads the series, 41-37-3. The two teams first played in 1921 and SJSU went home with a 14-2 victory. The Spartans’ have played more games against the Bulldogs (81) than any other opponent.

Fresno State won last year’s game, 27-10, ending SJSU’s two-game win streak in the series. The last Spartan win in the series was a 16-13 decision at Bulldog Stadium to close out the 2016 season.

SJSU and Fresno State still hold the NCAA record for most penalties in a game by two teams, 36 (24 by the Spartans and 12 by the Bulldogs), during the 1986 contest won by SJSU, 45-41. The Spartans’ 24 penalties for 199 yards also remains a FBS record for most penalties in a game by one team.

Valley Trophy
Since 2013, SjSU and Fresno State play for the Valley Trophy. SJSU is the metropolitan capital of the high-tech Silicon Valley. Fresno State is the largest city in the agriculturally-rich San Joaquin Valley. The two schools are separated by approximately 150 miles.

Returning to Fresno
SJSU offensive line coach Joe Bernardi played for Fresno State from 2006-2010 and was the Bulldogs’ tight ends coach in 2016.

Closing out a season
SJSU s 5-2 in its last seven regular-season finales. Three of those wins are against Fresno State–2011, 27-24, in Fresno; 2013, 62-52, in San Jose; and 2016, 16-13, in Fresno.

Top 20 in pass interceptions
SJSU has 13 interceptions for the season and is tied for 17th nationally in the category. The last time the Spartans had more than 13 interceptions in a season was in 2012 with 15 in a 13-game season. SJSU has a season-high three interceptions in its Washington State and UNLV games.

Tops in tight ends
Since the beginning of the season, Josh Oliver is the leading pass receiver among FBS tight ends. 36 of Oliver’s 54 receptions this season resulted in a SJSU first down. Oliver also is third in receiving yards by a listed tight end at 667 yards in games played through Nov. 17.

Time for credits
Linebacker Ethan Aguayo became the first Mountain West player this season to be credited with 20 tackles in a game with his Nov. 17 afternoon performance versus Nevada. Aguayo also added a 27-yard pass interception return that set up SJSU’s first touchdown of the game. His 20 tackles match the 12th best single-game total by a FBS player this season.

Spartan defense contains Nevada
SJSU kept Nevada scoreless longer than any 2018 opponent from the opening kickoff to the Wolf Pack’s first score of the game. Nevada’s first score was a two-yard run by quarterback Ty Gangi with 1:48 to go in the second quarter.

Earlier in the season, Nevada did not register its first points in its loss at Vanderbilt until the 5:41 mark of the second quarter.

Duel at High Noon on Saturday in San Jose: Nevada downs SJSU 21-12


By Charlie O. Mallonee

SAN JOSE — In order to avoid the poor air quality in Northern California being caused by the tragic “Camp Fire,” the start time for the Nevada Wolf Pack versus San Jose State Spartans game was moved up to 12 noon on Saturday. The earlier start time worked as the air quality was in the acceptable range to meet NCAA standards.

The Wolf Pack won the game 21-12 to earn their seventh victory of the 2018 season. The loss dropped the Spartans’ record to 1-10 on the season.

Here is “the wrap” from today’s game

Spartans head coach Brent Brennan had much to say after the game

Ethan Aguayo was the star of the game for the Spartans

Let’s look at the SJSU numbers

Nevada put up some BIG stats on Saturday

What’s next on the schedule for Nevada and SJSU?

Legendary Basketball Coach Tarkanian has died.

by Jerry Feitelberg

Legendary Basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian died Wednesday at the age of 84. Tarkanian entered the hospital Monday and his son Danny said "He fought and fought. Coach Tark, my father, the greatest man I have ever known, passed today, to take his place in heaven. I will miss him every day of my life."

Jerry Tarkanian was the second Hall of Fame coach to die in the last ten days. Dean Smith of North Carolina died last week. Tarkanian was a fantastically successful basketball coach for
over 40 years. He was not a great basketball player in his days at Fresno State but was a great leader. He had a great personality who had a great work ethic and enthusiasm for the game and was chosen as captain even though he was a backup guard. After graduation Jerry coached at the high school level before going on to coach Riverside City College from 1963 to 1964 where his team won three state titles and a record of 145-22. In 1966, he moved over to Pasadena City College and had a record of 67-4 while winning one state title.

Now, it was time to move on to Divison One college basketball. Jerry was hired to take over the moribund Long Beac State program. Long Beach had a losing record of 192-240 record under five coaches in the seventeen years prior to his arrival. Jerry turned the program into a winning one immediately. From 1968 to 1973 his record was 122-20 and the team won four conference titles in his five years there. Jerry moved on to the University of Nevada Las Vegas from 1973 to 1992 and he amassed a record of 509-105 and his team, the Running Rebels, won the NCAA championship in 1990. Jerry returned to has alma mater, Fresno State and coached there until his retirement in 2002. The Bulldogs reached the NCAA Tournament twice and had six straight 20-win seasons.
Jerry’s teams loved to play pressure defense and used the fast break to pulverize their opponents. Jerry was fun to watch while coaching as he had a habit of chewing on a wet towel during games.

Some other numbers of interest are the following. He had a winning percentage of .804 which is fourth best all-time. In addition, he had 778 career victories and tutored 42 players that were drafted by the NBA including 12 first-round selections.

While these numbers are tremendous, one has to ask -what kind of person was Jerry Tarkanian?
While he was a great coach and mentor, he was a compassionate man who believed that everyone in life deserved a second chance and he brought in a lot of young men that came from troubled backgrounds to play on his teams. Tarkanian wrote" My upbringing was why I related so well to kids from tough backgrounds or single-family homes. I was always at home with city kids. I understood what it was like to be raised by one parent, to grow up poor, and to have to move around and scrape to get things."

Jerry was approached by the Los Angeles Lakers to take over the helm in 1977, but he did not take the job. Jerry did take a job coaching the San Antonio Spurs in 1992, but his tenure there was short-lived as he was out after coaching just 20 games.

Jerry finished his career at Fresno Sate and was elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2013. The honor was long overdue, but many people felt that it was his battles with the NCAA that cost him the chance to enter the Hall at an earlier date.

Tarkanian had a long and successful life and the world of basketball is in mourning today for one of it’s most colorful characters. Rest in Peace, Jerry.

Stanford Pummels Bulldogs On The Road

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By Joe Lami

The Stanford Cardinal returned to action after their holiday break on Saturday with a successful trip to Fresno.  The number four-ranked Cardinal were victorious by the score of 86-54.

Fresno State came into the matchup with a record of 6-4, with three wins in the last four.  Saturday marks the second straight loss for the Bulldogs, as they were defeated last weekend by the Dons of San Francisco 76-47.

Fresno State kept it close in the first half and actually held the lead at two different points in the game.  The Bulldogs kept within two baskets with the score being 22-18 until around the nine-minute mark, and that’s when the Cardinal were able to take over.  Stanford started a two-minute 11-0 run with eight to go.  Fresno State would eventually stop it with 5:42 to go in the first half, but not before the Stanford lead would be stretched to 33-20.  Baskets were then being traded back and forth before the half would end with the Cardinal leading 43-31.

The second half would see the Cardinal scoring 43 points as well.  This time, however, they were able to hold the Bulldogs to only 23 points.  Stanford had an incredible start to the second half, as they were able to outscore the Bulldogs 16-2 to give them the big 69-33 lead.  The Cardinal would not look back as they would coast for the win.

Chiney Ogwumike had yet another outstanding performance as she led the Cardinal in scoring, with 20 points.  The All-American Senior added ten rebounds to record the double-double.  Taylor Greenfield was right behind Ogwumike, scoring 18, a season high and tying her career high.  Amber Orrange had 15 for the Cardinal and added six assists.  Mikaela Ruef had an outstanding game, as she contributed in everyway, recording eight assists, seven rebounds, five points and adding a block and a steal.

Alex Sheedy, who recorded the double-double, with 15 points and 11 rebounds, led the Bulldogs.  Guard, Taylor Thompson also saw double digits in scoring with 14 of her own.

Fresno State ends their non-conference play with loss, as their record drops to 6-5.  The Bulldogs are scheduled to start up Mountain West action on New Year’s Day, where they will travel to Las Vegas to take on the 3-9 Rebels.

With the win the Stanford Cardinal up their record to 11-1, as they end non-conference play.  They will return to action after the New Year to start conference play, as they will host the Oregon Ducks on January 3.