T and T (Tyson Thompson) racked up 203 rushing yards and carried the Spartans to an early 14-7 lead saturday night in "paradise". But Hawaii's 24-point second quarter turned out to be too much for Thompson to man-handle all on his own.
Thompson's effectiveness running the ball eventually ended in the third quarter of the 46-28 loss.
It was just too much for one player to handle all on his own. And as Coach Hill stood on the Hawaii sidelines, with the demise of the program sitting firmly in the palms of his hands, one can only wonder what was going thru his mind.
And more now than at any point of his pathetic tenure at once gloryfull San Jose State, it is obvious that he will not bring this program to the stature of the likes of WAC foes Boise State or Fresno State.
Fitz Hill was quoted in the local Star Bulletin as stating the following post game commentary:
"We wanted to match them (the Warriors) after they took a lead, so we didn't want to abandon the pass," said San Jose State coach Fitz Hill, when asked why he didn't pound the ball more with Thompson and fellow running backs Lance Martin and Lamar Ferguson. "Yeah, we were up 14-7, but when you come over here, history tells you that you've got to score 35 or 40 points or you're not going to get it done."
Hawaii held Thompson to 2 yards on six carries in the third quarter and it looked as if San Jose State were done for the night, trailing 34-14 early in the fourth.
In the first quarter, it was a different story!
The Spartans, who failed to get a touchdown in their last game, drove 78 yards and scored on their first series on a 3-yard pass from Dale Rogers to Rufus Skillern to take a 7-0 lead.
San Jose State then went up 14-7 when kicker Jeff Carr ran in a 6-yard score on a fake field goal attempt. He took a pitch from holder Beau Pierce, ran to the left side and dove on the pylon for the Spartan TD.
The hosting Warriors then scored 17 straight points in the final 5:04 of the first half, which left Fitz Hill in a situation he knows all too well.
It all started when Hawaii's Jason Ferguson, returned a kickoff 66 yards to the Spartans' 34, setting up West Keliikipi's 1-yard plunge to tie the game at 14.
The Warriors' Komine, caught a 46-yard touchdown toss over the middle from Timmy Chang to give the Warriors their first lead of the game, 21-14.
Chang, who threw just one interception in the previous five games, had two passes picked off in the first half, leading to the Spartans' first 14 points.
You gotta give kudos to the SJS secondary, as the talent is obviously back in those particular positions.
One cannot but to feel extremely bad for those players, as the way this season has gone to date.
Hawaii racked up 449 yards on offense and never punted all night. San Jose State had 397 yards, including 315 on the ground.
T and T was also quoted with the following comments post game:
"They had the momentum because of their offense and that momentum boosted up their defense," Thompson said. "It's a tough loss, and it's tough when you don't produce (enough)."
SJS running back,Tyson Thompson, had 23 carries for a career-high 203 yards for the Spartans (2-4, 1-2). He also broke an 85-yard scoring run late in the game.
Spartan QB, Dale Rodgers, had this comment, which makes you wonder if he is questioning Fitz Hills play calling for "passing" versus "running" the ball in this particular game against Hawaii.
"If you have a 200-yard rusher, you expect to win the game," Rogers said.
Thompson said this in regards to his big time 85 yard jaunt to the end zone:
"It was basically wide open," he said. "It was the offensive line doing a great job. We worked on that play for the past two weeks. It wasn't any special play, but rather something we do day in and day out and it paid off because of the blockers."
With games left on the schedule with programs that are kicking some ass, or at least have a much better team than SJS (notably UTEP, Nevada, Boise, and those hated mutts of Fresno), Fitz Hill will have the Spartans in the cellar of the WAC standings.
Spartan fans should enjoy the way the WAC standings look now, because it may be quite some time before you see the Spartans that high up, and this late in the season for some time to come.
Can you still say "Go State"?