Fresno ends the San Jose state season

San Jose – The Valley Cup fight wasn’t much of a competition as San Jose State tasted defeat one last time on Thanksgiving Day, 40-9, against rival Fresno State.

The Spartans (5-7, 3-5 Mountain West) failed to qualify for a ball game at the end of the regular season after their second consecutive defeat at CEFCU Stadium in front of 15,323 fans.

Last year’s Mountain West title and the perfect regular season should seem like a mirage after San Jose State finished a similar record for the 2019 pre-pandemic campaign.

The Spartans fell 23-9 at the break after settling on field goals from Matt Mercurio during three trips to the red zone and creating no momentum to attack. San Jose State QB Nick Starkle – 19 of 42 for 260 yards – and potential successor Nick Nash both lost touchdown in the first half as turnovers plagued the team until the end.

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