SJSU loses heartbreaker on the road against UNLV, 38-35

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By Ana Kieu

After a bye week, San Jose State football headed to the desert to take on the UNLV Rebels on Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium. SJSU had hoped to bounce back following a tough 42-40 loss at Hawaii on Saturday, Nov. 9. Sadly, that didn’t happen for the Spartans.

UNLV took an early 7-0 lead on a short touchdown run. SJSU’s Bailey Gaither made a nice grab and the Spartans were in the redzone for the eventual touchdown, courtesy of DeJon Packer, who plowed it in for the touchdown. However, the extra point was no good, so the Spartans settled for the 6 points to cut the Rebels’ lead to 7-6.

The Spartan offense made a great scoring drive, but it was soon silenced by UNLV. The Rebels turned a pair of deflected pass interceptions into touchdowns for a 21-6 lead midway through the second quarter.

SJSU trailed 21-6 at halftime. The Spartans looked to mount a second half rally, but came up just short in the end.

SJSU scored 22 points in the third quarter compared to UNLV’s 3 points. DeJon Packer chipped away at the Rebels’ lead using a 65-yard catch and run. The Spartans made it a 1 score game, thanks to a Packer touchdown and a 2-point conversion. The Spartans trailed 21-14 midway through the third. The Rebels tacked on a long field goal, keeping the Spartans down by 6 in the third.

SJSU had the ball, which led to Tre Webb making a huge play and wrestling the ball away from the Rebel receiver for a turnover. The play was under review and the call stood. Spartan ball at the 1st and 10 and the UNLV 23-yard line. The Spartans tacked on another touchdown when Jack Snyder pulled off the catch and score late in the third. Then, the Spartans took the lead over the Rebels.

UNLV, however, scored 14 points in the fourth quarter compared to SJSU’s 3 points. The Spartans trailed by 3 midway through the fourth, but persevered as Tre Walker made an incredible catch in the endzone to help the Spartans to another lead. Then, SJSU was back in front, 35-31, thanks to an amazing pitch and catch from Josh Love to Tre Walker. Walker had himself a day with 11 catches, 123 yards and 1 touchdown.

The defense got a stop late in the fourth, UNLV punted and SJSU looked to add to its lead with a little over four minutes left in the game. A huge gain allowed the Spartans to be in the Rebels’ redzone. The Spartans converted a third down inside the 10 as they trailed by 3. Then, a batted ball led to a UNLV interception so the Rebels kneeled out the clock and won 38-35.

SJSU wraps up the regular season at home versus arch-rival Fresno State on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 pm PST.

San Jose State heads to UNLV for final road game of the 2019 season

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By Ana Kieu

It’s game week for the San Jose State Spartans football and Spartan Nation is going to get their game faces on. The Spartans travel to Las Vegas to take on the UNLV Rebels. The Spartans also look to snap a two-game losing skid.

Here’s what you need to know about Saturday’s game.

GAME #11
San Jose State at UNLV
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.
Saturday, November 23, 2019, 1:00 pm PST
AT&T SportsNet

4-6, 1-5 Mountain West. Most recently, the Spartans lost at Hawaii, 42-40, on Nov. 9 in a Mountain West game. SJSU seeks to end its second two-game losing streak of the season.

2-8, 0-6 Mountain West. The Rebels lost to Hawaii, 21-7, on Nov. 16, in a conference contest. UNLV is in the midst of its second four-game losing streak this season.

KKSF (910 AM, Oakland), RealTalk 910, is the new flagship radio station for San Jose State Spartans football. Justin Allegri calls the play-by-play. Kevin Richardson provides commentary. The UNLV broadcast begins at 12:30 pm PST with a pregame show.

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

AT&T Sports Network will provide broadcast coverage beginning at 1:00 pm PST. Drew Goodman calls the play-by-play. Sed Bonner provides commentary. AT&T Sports Network is available on DirecTV Channel 684, and DISH Network Channel 414.

SJSU leads the series, 16-6-1. The Spartans have won eight of the last nine meetings between these teams, including a 50-37 decision in San Jose, Calif. in 2018. The home team has wins in each of the last three games including UNLV’s 41-13 victory on Sept. 30, 2017 at Sam Boyd Stadium.

This year’s meeting is the second time these teams are playing on a Nov. 23 date. In 1996, SJSU closed out the season and withstood a Rebels’ fourth-quarter rally for a 31-28 victory in Spartan Stadium. The game was the final one for the late John Ralston as a college football head coach.

SJSU is playing its 12th game in Sam Boyd Stadium. The Spartans have a 7-4 win-loss record in the stadium.

Two of the program’s 10 overtime games have been in Sam Boyd Stadium, both of them single-overtime victories. SJSU’s first overtime game in school history was a 55-48 win on Nov. 22, 1997. On Oct. 10, 2015, the Spartans edged the Rebels, 33-27 for their most recent overtime win. SJSU has a 3-7 record in overtime contests.

SJSU can pick up its third road win this season at UNLV. Earlier this season, the Spartans won on the road at Arkansas (31-24) in the Central Time Zone and Army (34-29) in the Eastern Time Zone.

The last time SJSU won three road games in a season was in 2013 when the Spartans were victorious at Hawaii (37-27), at Colorado State (34-27), and at UNLV (34-24).

SJSU scored 42 points in its Nov. 2 home game vs. Boise State and 40 points in its Nov. 9 road encounter at Hawaii. The last time the Spartans scored 40 or more points in three or more consecutive games was at the end of the 1990 season when that team did it in four consecutive contests piling up 190 points.

SJSU has scored 30 or more points in seven of its 10 games this season compared to four a year ago. The last time the Spartans scored 30 or more points seven times in a season was in 2013.

The last time SJSU scored 30 or more points eight times in a season was in 2012 when the Spartans did it eight times en route to an 11-2 win-loss record and a Military Bowl victory.

After 10 games, SJSU has scored 68 points off of opponent turnovers compared to the opponent’s seven. The last three of the Spartan points came in the 42-40 loss at Hawaii on Nov. 9. The first opponent points off a Spartan turnover came in the Oct. 12 Nevada victory on an interception return for a touchdown.

Wide receiver Bailey Gaither became the first SJSU player in school history to catch a touchdown pass in six consecutive games with his 40-yard scoring reception in the Hawaii game on Nov. 9.

The previous record was five consecutive games with a touchdown catch. Current SJSU graduate assistant and former wide receiver Chandler Jones was the first to do it in 2013.

The Nov. 2 Boise State game and the Nov. 9 contest at Hawaii each had two Spartans with 100-yard receiving games.

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Prior to the Nov. 2 game, the Oct. 29, 2016 UNLV win was the last time two Spartans had 100 or more receiving yards in the same game. Wide receivers Tim Crawley caught eight passes for 114 yards and Tre Hartley had five receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns.

Running back DeJon Packer is the Spartans’ only player to score more than one touchdown in a game this season. He rushed for two touchdowns in the Nevada, Boise State and Hawaii games. Packer’s nine rushing touchdowns in a season are the most since running back Tyler Ervin, now with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, ran for 13 touchdowns in 2015.

Baumann becomes record-setter, but San Jose State falls to UNLV 71-64 for 15th loss in a row

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By: Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose State men’s basketball has nothing left to play for except for pride and Saturday’s matinee versus the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels was a rather competitive Mountain West matchup inside the Event Center. SJSU had lost 14 in a row, while UNLV searched for its second straight win on the road.

The Spartans’ starting five consisted of the favorable likes of Noah Baumann, Seneca Knight, Ashtin Chastain, Michael Steadman and Zach Chappell. SJSU hosted Fight for Literary day, which encouraged fans to pledge and possibly donate for the literary of local schoolchildren in the South Bay.

The Rebels jumped out to a fast start as Cheikh Mbacke Diong made a layup and Joel Ntambwe hit a 3-pointer to make it a 5-0 game, but the Spartans got on the board, thanks to Baumann’s layup in the paint and jumper to make it a 1-point game. Knight’s layup gave the Spartans a 1-point lead 6-5 at the 16:54 mark of the first half.

The game turned into a back-and-forth affair between these two teams. UNLV entered the driver’s seat, but SJSU gave the road team a hard time on Walt McPherson court. Steadman made two jumpers–one regular and the other in the paint–and Chappell knocked down a jumper to put the Spartans ahead 22-18 with 7:38 left in the first.

The Spartans continued to pour in the points. Steadman added a jumper in the paint, while Knight came alive with a layup, jumper and lone free throw. Also, Christian Anigwe threw down a dunk with 10 seconds left on the clock to help the Spartans to a 31-28 lead to close out the first.

Baumann opened up the second half in one of the most exciting ways possible. Baumann hit a 3 to not only extend the Spartans’ lead to 34-28, but also to set a new school record with a 3 in 22 consecutive games. The Spartans followed up with Knight’s 3, Steadman’s jumper in the paint and Chappell’s layup. The latter allowed the Spartans to regain the lead 41-39 at the 16-minute mark of the half.

The Rebels regained the lead 46-41 at the 12:07 mark of the half. Mbacke Diong made a pair of layups along with a lone free throw plus a jumper. However, Steadman ended the Rebels’ 7-0 run with a jumper at the 11:27 mark of the half. Steadman then made a layup on the fastbreak to make it a 1-point game.

The Spartans attracted attention to themselves as Ivey hit a 3 on the fastbreak and then drew a questionable penalty for fouling, which was arguably uncalled for by the officials. Still, SJSU regained the lead 48-46, so there wasn’t much to complain about. Well, at least until the Rebels tied the game 46-46 on a pair of free throws by Noah Robotham and snatched a 1-point lead 49-48 on Kris Clyburn’s lone free throw on the fastbreak.

Fast forward to the final minutes (and seconds) of the game where the Spartans pulled within five, thanks to Anigwe’s pair of free throws with 53 seconds left on the clock. Ivey made a pair of free throws in response to Amauri Hardy’s pair of free throws, but Robothom heated things up by making three straight free throws on the fastbreak in a 12-second span. Sure, Anigwe made a free throw on the fastbreak, but that wasn’t enough as San Jose State dropped its 15th in a row by a final score of 71-64.

SJSU hosts the Colorado State Rams on Wednesday, February 20th at 7:00 pm PT.

San Jose State returns home to host UNLV in Saturday matinee

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By: Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The 2018-19 San Jose State men’s basketball season has been a lost cause for quite a while now, so the team has been playing for pride because they have nothing to play for until the end of the season against the rival Fresno State Bulldogs at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. on March 9th. But, until then, San Jose State has to endure seven more games and possibly seven straight losses as much as I don’t want to say the latter.

SJSU last played against the New Mexico Lobos at the Pit in Albuquerque, N.M. Wednesday and got ran over by a final score of 92-60. SJSU (3-20, 0-11 MW) lost its 14th consecutive game, while UNM (11-13, 5-7 MW) rebounded following a 91-62 blowout by the hands of the No. 7 Nevada Wolf Pack on February 9th. Moreover, UNM took out their anger on SJSU and that was an understatement as they pretty much had the conference game from start to finish. SJSU, however, put on a strong offensive show to open the first half, so let’s give them credit where it’s due, okay?

Anyways, I’m not ruling out the fact that SJSU can somehow pull off an upset over UNLV, but there’s a sad reality that all of us must realize and that’s how the Spartans struggle to close out the games as they tend to suffer second half scoring woes for some reason or more than a few reasons if you’re a glass half empty type of person…or a full blown troll who has too much time on his or her hands.

But I can confirm that Noah Baumann is like a boss as his most recent performance allowed him to lead the Spartans with 10 points. Not only that, Baumann hit two 3-pointers and extended his consecutive games with a 3-pointer streak to 21 games to tie SJSU’s record set in the 2009-10 season by Robert Owens. I’d also like to add that Ashtin Chastain has been having himself a game after what seemed like a long scoring drought that partially occurred due to injuries in the past year or so. Chastain recorded a team-high 11 rebounds along with seven points in the Spartans’ loss to the Lobos in Albuquerque. It was just that Lobos won the rebound battle 44-39 as the Spartans actually finished with just 11 turnovers. The Lobos were simply the better team as a whole and they weren’t anywhere near the likes of Nevada, Utah State, Fresno State, San Diego and UNLV.

SJSU will likely get blown out by UNLV. My prediction stands at 95-55, but hey, anything can happen, so let’s see if the basketball Gods will work wonders or not.

In case you missed it, SJSU had a productive Friday morning. The Spartans read out loud to the elementary school students at Horace Mann Elementary in San Jose. Moreover, Caleb Simmons, a 6-foot-6, 195 pounds guard from Desert Vista High in Phoenix, Ariz., talked to the students about positivity, perseverance, and prosperity. It’s good that Simmons did that and I hope those young kids learned a thing or two because today’s kids are supposed to be the future in the advancement of this country.

If you want to pledge to support Fight for Literacy before tomorrow night’s game, click on the “Pledge Here” link to the embedded tweet below. It’s a notable cause that will do good for the local students in the South Bay.

San Jose State gets run over by UNLV 94-56

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By: Ana Kieu

San Jose State men’s basketball had hoped for the Thomas & Mack Center, home of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, to see a Spartan win Saturday night. After all, Thomas & Mack has seen a lot of excellent events throughout the years.

Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau went with a starting lineup featuring Brae Ivey, Noah Baumann, Zach Chappell, Michael Steadman and Oumar Barry.

Last time out, Baumann knocked down a program record tying seven 3-pointers. Fast forward to Saturday when SJSU started a two-game road trip, starting at UNLV.

SJSU won the tip and the game went underway in Las Vegas. The Spartans trailed 10-4 at the first media timeout. Things faltered from there, as the Rebels went on a 11-0 run and the Spartans fell into a larger deficit, 21-6, at the second media timeout.

It was all Rebels in the first half. Nickalas Blair found Jonathan Tchamwa in transition for the dunk. Bryce Hamilton got the steal, save and score for a notable heads up play. Trey Woodbury hit a corner 3 to extend the Rebels’ lead to 21. The Spartans shot just 31% compared to the Rebels’ 53%. Prioleau was visibly upset and the Spartans shrugged off to the locker room with a 46-25 deficit at the half.

The Spartans’ turnovers and overall offense proved to be a continual problem in the second half. SJSU trailed 68-35 at the 11:58 mark.

Should we be surprised? Not really. The Rebels continued to play high-caliber basketball. Joel Ntambwe knocked down a triple. Hamilton followed up with a step-back jumpshot for 3.

Prioleau used every player on the Spartans’ bench in hopes of a scoring streak, but the Spartans’ offense was unable to score at an average or higher level. SJSU trailed by thirty, 77-47, with 7:21 left.

The Rebels put the game out of reach and expanded its lead to 85-49 with 4:49 seconds left. All the Spartans could do was wrap things up and gear up for their next opponent.

The Spartans never took the lead and used their final timeout with 50 seconds left. The Rebels hit at a sky-high rate, ran their offense and dribbled the game out. SJSU lost 94-56 for their eighth straight loss.

SJSU dropped to 3-14, 0-5 MW, while UNLV improved to 10-7, 4-1 MW.

SJSU heads to Laramie, Wyo. to take the Wyoming Cowboys Wednesday, January 23 at 6:00 pm PT.

San Jose State to take on UNLV in Las Vegas Saturday

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By: Ana Kieu

San Jose State men’s basketball will play the front end of a two-game road swing Saturday as they take on UNLV at the Thomas and Mack Center Saturday. The game will be televised by AT&T SportsNet. Jenny Cavnar and Dave Bollwinkel will have the call. Fans can also tune in to KLIV 1590 AM to hear Justin Allegri’s radio call.

Here’s what you need to know about Saturday’s conference matchup.

Game #17
San Jose State (3-13, 0-4) at UNLV (9-7, 3-1)
Saturday, Jan. 19, 4:30 pm PT
Thomas and Mack Center (18,000)
Las Vegas, Nev.

Live Stats
Fans can view live stats of all SJSU men’s basketball games, home and away, by accessing the “Live Stats”feature at Click on the link on the men’s basketball schedule page to follow the action.

What Would a Win Mean?
The Spartans are looking to for their third win in the last five attempts against UNLV. SJSU won back-to-back games in 2017 before falling in both games last season. A win on Saturday would also be the Spartans’ third road win all-time in the series.

Baumann the Boss
Sophomore Noah Baumann is shooting lights out from beyond the arc this season. Like, so good that he leads the NCAA D1 in 3-point percentage at 54.7%. The next closest is Dartmouth’s Brendan Barry (51.9%). Baumann also ranks in the top-10 in the MW in 3-pointers per game (2.6)

Baumann is coming off one of the most impressive performances of his career as he scored a career-high 29 points in the loss to Utah State. He tied the school record with seven 3s (7-of-10) and set career highs in 3-point attempts and FG attempts.

Baumann now holds the top two scoring performances by a Spartan this season with 29 vs. Utah State and 23 vs. Northern Arizona. The sophomore is averaging 11.8 points in conference play, which leads the team and is shooting 50% from 3-point range in conference games.

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.

Raining 3’s
The Spartans are coming off a season-high 12 made 3-pointers against USU, led by Baumann’s seven and Zach Chappell’s three. They finished shooting 50% for the game, which is the third time SJSU has shot at least 50% this season (53.3% vs. CSU-Bakersfield and 50% at Cal).

 SJSU ranks sixth in the MW in 3-point percentage (34.5%) in all games and second in the MW in league play (37.2%).

Winning the Boards
SJSU’s matchup with UNLV features a pair of very good rebounding teams. The Rebels rank second in the MW in rebounding margin (+8.2) while SJSU ranks fourth (+2.9). UNLV also leads the conference in offensive boards at 15.7 per game, with SJSU just behind at 11.1.

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 12.3 points per game and ranks fifth in the MW with 8.5 rebounds per game. Steadman has six double-doubles on the season, ranking third in the MW and has scored in double figures in 13-of-16 games. He also has eight games with double-digit rebounds.

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 seven 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 two shots and was 7-of-10 at the free throw line to help the Spartans to a victory.

Barry followed up with another double-double against Stanford (15 points, 10 rebounds). After playing 38 career games without recording a double-double, he recorded two in as many 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. He also scored 16 points in the loss to Boise State, his seventh game in double figures on the season.

Series History With UNLV
UNLV holds the overall series record 37-6 and is 19-2 in home games. The Spartans have played the Rebels very competively the last five seasons, winning both games in 2017 and losing both in 2018 by a combined 15 points, including a 76-82 overtime loss on January 3.

The Rebels are led by third-year head coach Marvin Menzies.

Oakland Raiders podcast with Joe Hawkes Beamon: Coliseum says there will be no coming back for Raiders in 2019; Players have nothing but respect for former GM McKenzie file photo: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (left) and Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis (right) have a laugh. The Raiders will be leaving Oakland despite the city of Oakland’s lawsuit suing the Raiders

On the Raiders podcast with Joe:

#1 With the lawsuit by the city of Oakland against the Oakland Raiders, could it mean that the Raiders will need to seek the team’s relocation site in either Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, UNLV in Vegas or Qualcomm in San Diego or will the Raiders and the city settle on the Coliseum?

#2 Oakland Coliseum Authority executive director Scott McKibben said there no will be proposal. “There’s no longer a lease extension in play, lawsuit or no lawsuit” McKibben said.

#3 Taking a look at some of the Raiders’ choices to play in the 2019 season: Oakland Coliseum, Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Sam Boyd Stadium at UNLV, Stanford, Cal, SJSU or San Diego.

#4 Raider players have voiced their respect for former general manager Reggie McKenzie. The players agree that McKenzie had built a team that had the potential to go far in the postseason. This season, much of that team that McKenzie had built had been dismantled.

#5 Will the move of the Raiders in 2019 and the firing of McKenzie impact the team going into Cincinnati for this Sunday’s game?

Joe Hawkes Beamon does the Raiders podcast each week at

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?

Three takeaways from San Jose State’s first win of the season

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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.

No longer winless: San Jose State overcame adversity with 50-37 win over UNLV

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By: Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Next stop for San Jose State? Home sweet home. In the Spartans’ case, however, they weren’t just tweeting out “#BeatUNLV” but were also filled with feelings of terror. To be fair, UNLV was one of SJSU’s assumed victories, but SJSU previously lost to Colorado State 42-30, despite putting up 30 unanswered points in the second half. That being said, SJSU not only had to put their foot on the pedal, but also keep it down…and that was exactly what they did on Saturday.

The Spartans wore customized helmet decals with the initials “AJ” in honor of the late SJSU cheerleader Anjela Jose, who died in a single car accident on October 14, and held a moment of silence for Jose prior to the kickoff inside CEFCU Stadium. After that, fireworks lit up the clear blue sky and the Spartans took the field.

Josh Love was the starting quarterback for the Spartans. The kickoff shocked a lot of fans in attendance as a UNLV returner called for a fair catch, caught it and ran through the defense for a long return. As a result, the officials whistled it dead and spotted the ball back at the 15.

“I’m a fighter and I always try to put in my input” Love said. “I’ll continue to fight for this team…We’re going to continue to fight for this team.”

Unfortunately, UNLV got on the board first to open the scoring 7-0 with 7:39 left in the first quarter. Max Gilliam scored a 6-yard rushing touchdown for his first rushing touchdown of the season and Evan Pantels kicked in the extra point for the Rebels.

But SJSU quickly evened the score 7-7 just 1:23 later as Tyler Nevens scored a 4-yard rushing touchdown and Bryce Crawford kicked in the extra point for the Spartans. Nevens’ game-tying score came just moments after Love threw to Thai Cottrell, who recorded a 60-yard reception for a career-long reception.

The Spartans and Rebels were tied 7-7 at the end of the first. SJSU had a season-high 179 total yards in that span.

The Spartans took a 14-7 lead at the 12:28 mark of the second quarter. The Josh effect was in full effect as Love threw to Josh Oliver, who scored a 2-yard passing touchdown for his third touchdown of the season. Crawford kicked in the extra point for the Spartans.

“Everything on the offensive end showed up,” Oliver said. “I think part of our success was the o-line. They played really hard. They played really good.”

The Spartans got ahead 17-7, thanks to a 50-yard field goal from Crawford with 6:25 left in the second. However, 11 seconds instilled a fear inside SJSU when UNLV pulled within 3 points after Gilliam connected with Tyleek Collins for a 75-yard passing touchdown and Pantels kicked in the extra point for the Rebels.

The Spartans’ excitement decreased as soon as the Rebels snatched a 21-17 lead with 1:36 left in the second. Collins scored the second of back-to-back touchdowns–a 4-yard rushing touchdown–and Pantels kicked in the extra point.

But the Spartans weren’t ready to back down just yet. Love threw a touchdown pass to Tre Walker, who scored a 37-yard passing touchdown. Crawford kicked in the extra point for the Spartans, who went back on top 24-21 with just 34 seconds left in the second.

The Spartans carried a 24-21 lead to the locker room at halftime.

The Spartans extended its lead 31-21 at the 10:48 mark of the third quarter. Love connected with Brett Foley, who scored a 1-yard passing touchdown. Crawford kicked in the extra point for the Spartans.

The Spartans continued to wreck havoc when Love threw a touchdown pass to Tre Hartley, who scored a 9-yard passing touchdown. Crawford kicked in the extra point for the Spartans, who expanded its lead 38-21 with 4:17 left in the third.

The Rebels pulled within 10 points when Collins scored a 46-yard passing touchdown, and Pantels kicked in the extra point. Simultaneously, the Spartans’ penalty for offside was declined.

Crawford attempted a 36-yard field goal–his second field goal of the game–to put the Spartans up 41-28 with just 15 seconds left in the third.

The Spartans held a commanding 41-28 lead at the end of the third.

The Spartans proceeded to rise up for the most part. Dakari Monroe picked up a 50-yard interception touchdown, but Crawford missed the extra point. Still, SJSU got a 47-28 lead at the 13:44 mark of the fourth quarter.

“We could’ve played better,” Monroe said. “We had a lot of yards, but I think the biggest thing for us…we made the big plays when they were needed and that’s always needed.”

The Rebels intimidated the Spartans when Pantels kicked a 23-yard field goal to reduce its deficit 47-31 at the 10:46 mark of the fourth. SJSU responded with a 23-yard field goal by Crawford just 3:35 later. SJSU led UNLV 50-31 with 7:11 left in the fourth.

The Rebels put a scare into the Spartans late in the fourth. Gilliam threw a touchdown pass to Collins, who scored a 4-yard passing touchdown to slice its deficit 50-37 with 2:26 left. UNLV attempted a 2-point conversion, but it failed.

The Spartans defeated the Rebels 50-37.

“It was an awesome night for our team,” head coach Brent Brennan said. “It has obviously been a tough couple of months and I’m just so proud of them because they never stopped working.”

Spartans’ possible starters
Offense: Tre Walker, Jackson Snyder, Troy Kowalski, Kyle Hoppe, Jake Colman, Deano Motes, Josh Oliver, Josh Love, Tyler Nevens, Thai Cottrell and Tre Hartley.

Defense: Bryson Bridges, Boogie Roberts, Sailosi Latu, Jesse Osuna, Jamal Scott, Ethan Aguayo, Alii Matau, Dakari Monroe, Zamore Zigler, Tre Webb and Jonathan Lenard, Jr.

If you’re into beer, you can get your tickets for the Spartans’ upcoming Beer Fest in their game versus the Nevada Wolf Pack on November 17 at 2:00 pm PT. You can click this link and use the promo code “BEERFEST” or call/text (408) 924-7589.

If you’re getting fired up about San Jose State basketball, there’s less than two weeks before the boys in Blue and Gold ball it out on the court. The Spartans host the Life Pacific College Warriors on November 7th at 7:00 pm PT.

Up Next
The Spartans travel to Laramie, Wyo. to take on the Wyoming Cowboys next Saturday at 11:00 am PT.