Thursday, December 27, 2012

San Jose State: 2012 Military Bowl Champions


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- San Jose State quarterback David Fales set a Military Bowl record with 395 yards passing and the Spartans earned their first 11-win season since 1940 with a 29-20 victory over Bowling Green on Thursday at RFK Stadium.
Freshman Austin Lopez kicked a go-ahead field goal with 4:43 remaining. Senior defensive end Travis Johnson sealed the victory by capping his brilliant San Jose State career with a sack that forced a fumble recovered by teammate Keith Smith.
That turnover gave the Spartans the ball with 4:22 left and SJSU punched in a 1-yard touchdown by De'Leon Eskridge with 2:34 left.
Travis Raciti knocked down a fourth-down pass by Bowling Green's Matt Schilz on the Falcons' final
Fales finished the game 33 of 43 and finished the season with a school-record shattering 4,193 yards.
Fales gave the Spartans a 19-13 lead with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Chandler Jones in the third quarter.
San Jose State was trailing 13-10 after Bowling Green returned a Fales fumble to the 8-yard line and scored a play later.
But the Spartans got a big spark from their special teams, with clutch performer Bene Benwikere blocking a punt the Falcons' Brian Schmiedebusch. The ball sailed toward the end zone where SJSU tried to recover for a touchdown. It instead went for a safety that made it 13-12 and helped turn the game in the Spartans' favor.
The 11 wins for San Jose State are the most in its history as a major college program, which dates back to 1950. The Spartans improved to 6-3 all-time in bowls and close the season with a seven-game winning streak.


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