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  1. TRudethaDude

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    Thank you for taking the time to find us at the Merc. College football started off last week and that means it's time for San Jose State football. Surprisingly there has been a lot of hype around this program as of late. The coach formerly known as Thomas Rudy esquire suddenly changed his name to T Bone officially in an Ochocinco like moment. That alone had the fan base buzzing and then Tate Forcier decided to take his talents to the Bay Area. By the time the first season under T Bone was done the Spartans had a new contract offer waiting, moved to the MWC, and signed the #10 rated QB in the nation Kevin Butler.

    With all of this hype the first game of the season got underway. SJSU played host to Navy. The Spartans came out fired up in front of the 3,000+ fans that were in attendance. After going three and out on their opening drive they forced a fumble on a botched option (one of about four botched options) and ran it back 76 yards for the score 7-0 Spartans!!! Navy tied this game up in the 2nd quarter 7-7 on a short pass from inside the redzone. At this point EA tried to intervene and injured my starting RB who was on fire until next week with a strained shoulder. This could not derail the Spartan motivation as they moved down the field and punched the ball in with a 1 yard plunge by backup RB and player of the game Ben Thompson. Thompson led the team in rushing with 101 yards on 17 carries and the one TD. 14-7 Spartans at the half.

    On the first play of the second half Tate Forcier got injured for the rest of the game and it became even more apparent that EA was trying to do another screw job. Joke's on you losers over at EA because Kevin Butler came in and took command of not only the offense, but the game. On the first pass of his collegiate career Butler hooked up with Kyle Nunn on his only catch of the game and it went for a 39 yard TD score!!! The Spartans got the ball back and again drove down the field en route to a 19 yard TD pass to the TE Ryan Otten. At the end of the 3rd quarter the Spartans had control of the game up 28-7. Of course EA would have the cpu come back and almost make us lose as they rallied for two straight TD's and even had the ball with a chance to tie the game up, but the defense held tight and the Spartans took a knee to secure their first win of the season as they are now 1-0.

    Freshman QB Kevin Butler went 4 of 6 for 85 yards and 2TD passes with 0ints

    Senior RB Kevin Freeman had 9 carries for 58 yards before leaving with his injury

    Senior TE Ryan Otten led the way with 4 catches for 87 yards and 1TD
     
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  2. vatechhokie01

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    way to go TBone! nice!...

    especially like how you believed this to be big enough to garner its very own thread, lol
     
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  3. Goose

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    and your name is not Tbone, it's the Ravishing One!!! ;) Use it at the bar and you'll be picking up chicks in no time.
     
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    Love this t bone. Seriously guys small write-ups go along ways
     
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  5. TRudethaDude

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    Thanks guys. See what happens when you have nothing but time on your hands?!?!?!?!? I'm going to keep this thread going weekly from now on.
     
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    After coming off of last week's season opening win SJSU had it's conference opener against Air Force on the road. This game went a lot different then last week as AF jumped all over the Spartans with an early 21-3 lead. SJSU appeared to be doomed until Tate Forcier connected on an 83 yard TD to the TE Otten (his second in as many weeks). Then just before the half Forcier went in on a 4 yard QB sneak and the score was 21-17 at half.

    In the second half the defense by both teams took over. Actually there was no scoring in the third quarter at all. The only news of importance was the fact that Tate Forcier went down yet again with an injury midway through the third. Forcier was having a solid game until the injury occurred going 11 of 16 for 253 yards 1TD/1INT. Unlike last week when he had a strained shoulder, this week Forcier was hurt for the long haul. He will be out for 10 weeks with a torn pectoral.

    So in comes the freshman phenom Kevin Butler. While Butler didn't enjoy his time in the pocket as much as he did last game he was still effective at moving the chains. He went 6 of 8 for 84 yards 0TD/0INT. He was sacked 3 times in a short period of time, but coach T Bone was impressed by his willingness to hold on to the ball and not make the big mistake trying to force it in a tight spot. With back to back drives in the 4th leading to FG's the Spartans defense was again on the field trying to hold on to a victory. AF drove down the field and converted two key 3rd downs and was just about in FG range when disaster struck. The QB was stripped of the ball after trying to scramble for a first down that would have put them in game winning FG position with just over a minute left. The Spartans pounced on the ball and in the process went 2-0 early on this season including 1-0 conference record.

    Tate Forcier will most likely get a second opinion on his injury at Stanford hospital of all places. Make sure to follow our press release coming in the next few days. If he is unable to return it will have been his last snap of his collegiate career and the start of another in Butler. Regardless of who is back there taking the snaps it appears there is something special about this team and we will just have to wait and see how things play out.
     
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    Ouch, one of those you win, you lose kinda games. 10 weeks is going to be long.
     
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  8. mmullen8

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    Are injuries actually working now? If they are, maybe a no redshirt on that QB was the way to go
     
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  9. TRudethaDude

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    Yeah seriously. Maybe me and my chick breaking up was a blessing in disguise. Let's be honest this is the top priority in all of our lives! If injuries aren't working we will play the non throwing arm card in a heartbeat.
     
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    Tic Tac Toe 3 in a row!!! SJSU has officially put themselves on the map as a target! The team just completed an upset victory over the Colorado St. Rams. At this point in the season everybody on this team has bit in to coach T Bone's philosophy. Freshman QB Kevin Butler is the real deal and has NFL talent. Unfortunately our print machine went down last night (I was tired after the game) so we were unable to capture our full game summary, but rest assured the Spartans will have many more memorable moments in the coming weeks.
     
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    I was going to do the SDSU summary, but screw that we've got the Boise St. one!
     
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    For weeks now we've been telling you about this team and it's character. Well in comes the ultimate character test #6 Boise St. From the opening drive of the game you could see the determination on the faces of the Spartans. Opening drive consisted of a good mix of run/pass and culminates with a Spartan FG 3-0. Boise answered right back with a 71yard TD pass on a broken coverage and it was 7-3. After a quick 3 and out Boise got the ball back and went up 10-3 on a 34 yard FG. That would end the 1st quarter.

    Not to be outdone, Kevin Butler led the Spartans on a scoring drive hitting Chandler Jones in the corner of the end zone from 15 yards out. The score was once again tied and the newly packed Spartan stadium was full of electricity early in the 2nd quarter! Now that the teams showed they could score the defenses decided to show they had a few stops in them. In fact, it wasn't until just under the 2 minute mark that Boise wound up punching the ball in again for the lead at 17-10. On 3rd and 14 the Butler to Jones connection landed in a big way connecting on a 70 yard post route that had the score 17-17 going in to the half.

    During the third quarter both teams couldn't muster up much offense. The only score of the half was a Spartan 34 yards FG to give the Spartans the 20-17 advantage heading into the final quarter of play. All year long the Spartans have tried to play a balanced attack and just be in the game when all the chips were on the line so this was nothing new to them. Kevin Butler playing beyond his years had 2 interceptions in the first half, but settled down and played near perfect football when everything mattered. Nothing proves that more than the fourth quarter of play...

    In the fourth quarter the Spartans stopped Boise and got the ball back determined to close the game out. The Spartans who only converted 2-9 on third downs had their second one during their final scoring drive. It was one big run after another keeping them in 3rd and short and once again Chandler Jones connecting with Butler down to the Boise 27 yard line with just under 4 minutes left. On the very next play backup RB and projected starter next season, Ben Thompson burst right up the middle for a 27 yard TD scamper! Spartan municipal stadium was rocking and this game looked like it was finally over. Too bad 20 seconds later Boise again took advantage of a broken coverage and scored on a 44 yard strike to make the score 27-24. Only 20 seconds elapsed and there was still 3:17 left to play. On the second play of the ensuing Spartan drive the unimaginable happened when QB Kevin Butler went out with a BRUISED HAND! Needless to say the Spartans drive failed and Boise had a chance to get right back in this one. While they would drive into near FG range, they wouldn't pay attention to sophomore DT Travis Raciti as he came storming up the middle and almost decapitated Boise QB getting his only tackle/sack of the game and forced a fumble in the process!!! The Spartans ran for about two or three first downs and held on to secure the 27-24 upset victory and moved to 5-0 on the season with a 4-0 conference record! Up next is a showdown and rematch with the Wyoming Cowboys. This is without a doubt the game of the year so far in the MWC conferene and the Spartans couldn't be more excited to have the game at home. Seacrest out.
     
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    UNLV 48 SJSU 0
     
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  14. TRudethaDude

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    You see that belt around my avatar? Yeah that's right it is the MWC belt!
     
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    Before I start this I would like to say thanks to Mr. Luchini for an absolutely thrilling and challenging game. It's not often my heart is beating fast playing games these days and you brought that out. Total sim game and I'd feel the same way in a loss. Same story available in the non yellow version under game summaries.

    The measuring stick in Cathedral's MWC has been Wyoming dating back to our EA error filled dynasty. This all changed last night in San Jose, California. The Spartans and Cowboys locked horns in nothing short of an all out defensive struggle. The opening drive of the game was SJSU chipping away a few yards at a time until the connected on a 51 yard FG. SJSU opted to run a draw play on 3rd and long just to make sure they could get into FG position and start the game on a positive. In fact, the quarter ended 3-0 and the Spartans made a stop to get the ball back going in to the second quarter.

    The 2nd quarter started eerily similar to the first as SJSU drove down the field and had their drive stall in Wyoming territory ending up with a 41 yard FG. At this point the momentum started to shift. Wyoming drove down the field with a variety of pass and run plays and had their first scoring drive culminate with a rushing TD from 13 yards out. In the blink of an eye the Spartan crowd was silenced and the lead was now Wyoming's. SJSU clearly rattled wound up punting the ball right back to the Cowboys who again drove down the field and kicked a FG with :02 secs left in the half to take the 10-6 lead.

    At the start of the 3rd quarter Wyoming got the ball and was looking to take control of the game. It was on a key 3rd and short that SJSU got a stop forcing a 4th & 1 and got the ball back on a punt. Unfortunately Wyoming played defense and got the ball right back. The two teams continued the defense until one team scored in a big way. SJSU came on a blitz during a PA pass by Wyoming and didn't bite. The outcome was a QB sack and forced fumble that the Spartans cashed in for a defensive TD!!! That was the only score of the 3rd quarter for either team and the stage was set for a 4th quarter showdown with the Spartans up 13-10.

    It was a bunch more defense for both teams in the final quarter. In fact, the score stayed the same until we got just under the 3 minute mark. SJSU makes a huge 3rd down stop which was one of the big stories of the game. They forced a 4th & inches (much respect for kicking a FG in this situation as I'm sure you could have gotten the first down) and the Cowboys settled for a FG to tie the game up with 2:54 on the clock. On comes Kevin Butler and his Spartans. This kid is the undeniable leader of this program at this point. SJSU converts on multiple 3rd down conversions, both pass and run. A key 14 yard run really put this game away as the Spartans ran one more play and drilled a 36 yard FG as time expired to win the game and take control of the MWC!!! Final score 16-13 in an absolute thriller!
     
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    With the Spartans suffering two straight questionable losses (DUI status and simmed game) the Spartan fans were calling for Tate Forcier. Forcier is due back next week from a torn pectoral muscle and has been out since the second game of the season. Well folks you can put that dream to bed. Kevin Butler was down this whole game and never gave up. Completing on 16-40 for almost 400 yards and 4 td's to only 1 int, Kevin solidified himself as the #1 qb with a thrilling come from behind victory over #23 Ole Miss! With :30 seconds left in the first half the score was just made 14-0 Ole Miss and SJSU appeared to be outmatched. That is when Butler connected with Kyle Nunn on a 79 yard TD pass that changed the whole complexion of this game. Although the second half started with an Ole Miss TD it was too late as SJSU now believed they could take out this tough top 25 team. Butler connected with Grigsby on a 16 yard TD pass to cap off the third quarter scoring and it was 21-14 Ole Miss headed to the fourth.

    The fourth quarter had to be played perfect as Ole Miss went up by 10 with 4:51 left in the game. This was a 22 yarder after the first of two key SJSU defensive stands. After a couple of big 3rd down conversions Butler again connected with Kyle Nunn from 33 yards out and the crowd was going bananas as it was now 24-21 with just over 3 minutes left to play. Ole Miss converted on a few key 3rd downs themselves to get the ball into FG range. With just over a minute left and a 3rd and 6 situation the Spartans D let them have 5 and 3/4 yards to force a 4th and inches. Ole Miss elected to kick the FG and the score was 27-21 with 1:15 left in the game and SJSU had no timeouts. Butler has come through time and time again during moments like this. On a key 2nd down and 13 he connected with Grigsby down the sidelines on a 40 yard play. The Spartans had the ball inside the 40 of Ole Miss and really started to ooze with confidence. With :15 seconds left in regulation Butler threw his 4th TD of the day to Chandler Jones on an all out blitz from Ole Miss. SJSU wins another thriller 28-27 and awaits their final two conference games looking to win a share of the MWC title!
     
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