San Jose State’s Tyler Ervin put on one of the best displays in Spartan Stadium history last Saturday in the team’s dominant victory over the rival Fresno State Bulldogs. Ervin amassed 300 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on 42 carries and also caught 4 passes for 45 yards.
The impressive performance has earned himself national media attention along with the Mountain West’s Offensive Player of the Week award. It was the first time a Spartan has been recognized with the honor this year. The Mountain West determines the award weekly for offense, defense and special teams.
“It’s a blessing,” Ervin said after the game. “All those guys block for me, the tight ends, fullbacks, linemen - they get the job done. It’s just my job to run behind them and I just try to do that to the best of my ability. I give it to them, if I have to give the game ball to anybody.”
Ervin’s big night launched him near the top of all national rushing statistics. He places second in the nation in rushing yards with 641. Only Jordan Howard of Indiana has more, at 675. Ervin is also tied for first in the nation for the most rushing touchdowns at 9. Keenan Reynolds of Navy and Matthew Dayes of North Carolina State also have 9. Ervins 95 rushing attempts this season are the fourth most in the nation.
This week, Ervin and the SJSU offense will be tested in SEC country when they play at Auburn. The Tigers currently rank 108th in the nation when it comes to rush defense. They allow 216.5 yards per game on the ground so far.