This is how a BCS season dies.
Give up an opening-possession touchdown and botch the response by getting a PAT blocked.
Have a chance to pull ahead in a back-and-forth game with the ball to start the second half, but get caught off-guard by an onside kick.
See a record-setting quarterback throw his first interception after 305 passes, effectively snuffing the dream.
— Bryant-Jon Anteola, Fresno Bee, “Fresno State’s run at BCS derailed by San Jose State”
Well, at least Fresno State fans no longer have to fret about the BCS.
Trying to find a positive here, any positive, after the Bulldogsí hopes and dreams of a major bowl went kaput Friday in a barrage of pinpoint passes thrown by San Jose State quarterback David Fales.
Fresno State and Derek Carr tried to keep pace, but itís hard to win football games with one defense tied behind your back.
— Marek Warszawski, Fresno Bee, “Special Fresno State season reduced to a footnote”
More than 8,000 red-clad Fresno State football fans marked the long funeral procession from the San Joaquin Valley to Spartan Stadium, where a dream season that almost was went to die on a suddenly Black Friday.
No more undefeated record. No more top-20 national ranking.
And, most certainly, no need to book those Phoenix-bound air tickets for a major bowl game, not after the 16th-ranked Bulldogs’ hopes were crushed by a 62-52 loss to San Jose State in Friday’s regular-season finale.
Just like that, all was lost.
“It hurts tremendously,” coach Tim DeRuyter said, speaking for the extended Bulldogs family of diehard fans who sat in solemn silence for most of the second half.All Fresno State had to do was punch out the Spartans, a nondescript 5-6 team from the Mountain West Conference, and the Bulldogs would be 11-0 for the first time in school history.
— David White, Fresno Bee, “San Jose State dashes Bulldogs’ dream season”
Cries of “We shocked the world” were heard well after San Jose State stunned previously undefeated No. 16 Fresno State, 62-52, on Friday.
The Spartans did exactly that with a performance that crushed the BCS bowl hopes of the archrival Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1 Mountain West). And while the victory only clinches bowl eligibility and doesn’t guarantee a berth, SJSU (6-6, 5-3) has to be looking mighty attractive.
“We’re sending a message that we can go toe-to-toe with a lot of people,” Spartans coach Ron Caragher said. “We had our backs to the wall. We needed to win that game and our guys stepped up and got the win.”
— Jimmy Durkin, Mercury News, “San Jose State stuns Fresno State 62-52”
Attention holiday shoppers: You missed a dandy Friday afternoon sale on touchdowns, madness, shattered records, upset football and onside kicks. That is, unless you happened to be here at Spartan Stadium.
Chandler Jones was. He was playing wide receiver for San Jose State against 16th-ranked Fresno State. And during the first half, as each team’s quarterback was throwing six touchdown passes (yes, six touchdown passes), Jones was doing his own personal play-by-play broadcast.
“I was walking around going, ‘This is a show right now, this is crazy!'” Jones said.
Crazy good for San Jose State, as it turned out.
— Mark Purdy, Mercury News, “San Jose State likely bowl-bound after wild victory over Fresno State”
After watching two potent offenses march up and down the field with ease in the first half, San Jose State coach Ron Caragher knew he needed to do something bold to get an extra possession in the second.
An onside kick to open the half accomplished just that and helped the Spartans get bowl eligible with their first win over a ranked opponent in 13 years.
San Jose State converted that surprise play into a touchdown and David Fales did the rest by throwing for a school-record 547 yards and six scores in a 62-52 victory Friday over No. 16 Fresno State.
Saying Friday’s Fresno State-San Jose State game featured video-game numbers wouldn’t be quite accurate; video games don’t create the delicious absurdity that took place at Spartan Stadium.
The Bulldogs and Spartans combined for 1,382 yards and 114 points. San Jose State took control in the second half and prevailed 62-52, handing No. 16 Fresno State its first loss of the season.
The loss effectively ends the Bulldogs’ hopes of landing a BCS berth. The victory halts a three-game losing streak for the Spartans (6-6, 5-3 Mountain West) and makes them bowl-eligible.
— Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, “San Jose State knocks off Fresno State 62-52”
It was a wild west shootout at Spartan Stadium between two of the Mountain West Conference’s (MWC) top quarterbacks, but like a good western flick, only one cowboy rode off into the sunset.
So it wasn’t quite Billy Claiborne versus Doc Holliday at the O.K. Corral,
but the arm slinging battle between San Jose State’s David Fales and Fresno State’s Derek Carr was filled with just as much firepower.
The Spartans came away with the 62-52 win over the 19th ranked Bulldogs on Friday and became bowl eligible. They now wait with hopes of being invited to play one more game this season.
— Juan Reyes, Spartan Daily, “Spartans upset cross-state rival Fresno State”
Note: SJSU Athletics writeup for the game, which appears to be an early version of Josh Dubow’s AP story, is here. This blog’s followup to this game will be up early Sunday (sorry, other things going on.)