Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

San Jose State’s offense stalls as Spartans fall at Fresno State

FRESNO ––Coming into Saturday night’s game, the San Jose State Spartans’ offense were dominating opponents over its last three games. But against Fresno State in front of a soldout crowd 41,031 at Valley Children’s Stadium, the Spartans offense failed to show up when it mattered the most, resulting in a 17-10 loss.

The Spartans, who had won three straight games, dropped to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in Mountain West. The Spartans remain in first place in the conference’s West Division after UNLV’s 42-7 loss to Air Force.

“I feel awful and disappointed,” SJSU coach Brent Brennan said. “I let our team down. I let our school down. We didn’t play our best football tonight. It’s disappointing.”

SJSU went 3 for 14 on third-down plays, only produced 37 rushing yards and the offensive line didn’t give quarterback Chevan Cordeiro any room to breathe throughout the night.

Corderio, who had back-to-back Mountain West offensive player of the week honors, threw for 294 yards, but only completed 22 of 45 passes and threw his first interception of the season. Corderio was sacked four times by Fresno State defensive end David Perales.

The Spartans were without wide receiver Charles Ross, Justin Lockhart was playing injured and offensive lineman Jaime Navarro went down early with an injury that took him out of the game.

“They (Fresno State) brought it, we didn’t,” Cordeiro said. “There’s a lot of upsets. That’s what comes to football. We just have to watch film and learn from it.”

Fresno State quarterback Logan Fife, who was filling in for starter Jake Haener, had the game-winning play on a seven-yard touchdown pass to Nikko Remigio in the third quarter.

San Jose State took the lead in the second quarter on a 24-yard field goal from Taren Schive, but it was short-lived as a six-yard run by Jordan Mims put Fresno State up 7-3 with 1:57 left in the first helped.

With 52 seconds left before halftime, Junior Fehoko caused and returned a fumble that eventually set up a 32-yard touchdown pass from Cordeiro to Elijah Cooks, who reached 2,000 career yards from scrimmage, to give SJSU the 10-7 lead heading into halftime.

The touchdown pass caused someone in the Fresno State coaches’ booth to break a press box window.

Fresno State reclaimed the lead on Fife’s pass with 1:09 left in the third quarter.

SJSU could’ve cut its deficit to one point, but Schive missed a 32-yard field goal attempt. Abraham Montaño extended Fresno State’s lead with a 28-yard field goal.

It could’ve been worse for the Spartans, but the defense, unlike their offense, still showed up.

Bryun Parham and Nehemiah Shelton both had interceptions and Kyle Harmon had nine tackles, which bumped him up to fifth all-time in career tackles in SJSU history. The Bulldogs only converted 3 of 12 third down conversions.

“We really feel like we have brotherhood, and there ain’t nothing we can’t do on defense,” Harmon said.

San Jose State will be back on the road next Saturday when it travels to Las Cruces to play New Mexico State.

“We got six games left to play,” Brennan said. “We have an incredible opportunity to stay in the conference race, to have a great season right and all that matters is this next game on the road in New Mexico which will be a tough game.”

Oakland Raiders’ Davante Adams, right, a former Fresno State player, has his jersey number retired at halftime of Fresno State’s NCAA college football game against San Jose State in Fresno, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian) San Jose State linebacker Elijah Wood celebrates a Fresno State turnover during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fresno, Calif., Saturday, Oct.  15, 2022. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)San Jose State linebacker Elijah Wood celebrates a Fresno State turnover during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fresno, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian) San Jose State wide receiver Elijah Cooks nearly hauls in a touchdown pass as Fresno State defensive back Cale Sanders Jr. defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fresno, Calif., Saturday, Oct.  15, 2022. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)San Jose State wide receiver Elijah Cooks nearly hauls in a touchdown pass as Fresno State defensive back Cale Sanders Jr. defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fresno, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)

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