Stanford led 27-7 in the second quarter. Another loss for San Jose State appeared imminent, perhaps even in ugly fashion in front of nearly 30,000 fans at Spartan Stadium.
But a few hours later, fans flooded the field, celebrating one of the most important victories in program history, as San Jose State defeated Stanford 35-34.
It was huge. I've never seen our fans like they came out today. I really appreciate them for coming out and showing us love today," Davis said. "The fans lifted me up (after the game) and that felt good. That hadn?t happened to me before, but there?s a first time for everything.
The announced attendance of 29,321 was the third-largest in school history.
We have some loyals here in San Jose," said Tafralis. "It was great to see the students do what they did (storm the field). It showed some school pride. It's something they will talk about on Monday.
It meant a lot for our guys. To see that turnout was terrific. I tried to get our guys to calm down," San Jose coach Dick Tomey said of the crowd.
"I knew that on occasion, the crowd would be something that would maybe get them too amped up. But I knew the desire to win and make plays in the fourth quarter, would be there.
"We just needed to keep believing. That's the most important ingredient in winning.
This was an amazing football game. I'm not sure if I've ever been involved with one where I felt better. We did everything in the first half to help (Stanford). We did some dumb, uncharacteristic things, where they didn't even hit us. We just gave them up. We needed to take the ball away, and we took it away. We needed to continue to make plays on offense, and gain a winning kind of kicking game. The whole thing turned around.
"The hitting was ferocious and the effort was superb. We had many, many heroes today. It was a gratifying effort by our guys. To shut them out for a half of football, especially when we had three, four, five freshmen playing at a time.
GAME BALL GOES TO: RB Yonus Davis -- The junior rushed for a career-high 184 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries as San Jose State ran all over Stanford for 342 yards in its stunning 35-34 victory.
I'm feeling good about this win right now. It's something I've been looking forward to since my freshman year," Davis said. "We got kind of blown out that year (31-10 loss at Stanford on September 6, 2003). I started the game and I was mad because it was my first year, and my ball security wasn't where it should be and I lost the ball. I'm happy to be able to show them (Stanford) a new Yonus Davis. I gave it everything I had.
KEEP AN EYE ON: QB Adam Tafralis -- The senior has been nothing short of spectacular against two Pac-10 programs, and while San Jose State coach Dick Tomey seems to favor left-handed junior college transfer Sean Flynn, it's hard to imagine he could bench Tafralis at this point. A week after lighting up Washington, Tafralis moved the offense along without a hitch, completing 14 of 16 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown.
QUOTE TO NOTE: It feels bigger than any I've been involved in coaching. We've been down a long road for the last 18 months. I've gotten to know these guys, and this one really felt good. Not to take anything away from any of my previous wins, but I can?t remember one that felt better. This was a significant thing, but we've got work to do --San Jose State coach Dick Tomey on defeating Stanford
LOOKING GOOD: This offense has the potential to rival any in the WAC this season, including Hawaii and Boise State. After passing almost at will against Washington last week, the Spartans showcased another aspect of the attack against Stanford with 342 rushing yards.
We couldn?t establish the running game last week (at Washington)," San Jose State TB Yonus Davis said. "We looked at film this week and the coaches said, This is what we want to do. The offensive line, Patrick (Perry), James (T. Callier), the rest of the running backs, everybody was just busting their butts, trying to get that victory. We stepped up and just kept fighting. It was smash mouth football. We're trying to build it around here.
LB Demetrius Jones finished with eight tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. The latter clinched the game for the Spartans, coming late in the fourth quarter. Jones is emerging as the unit's top playmaker.
The defense -- It's easy to skim past this point considering the final score, but San Jose State shut Stanford out in the second half.
STILL NEEDS WORK: The pass defense was woeful. Stanford QB Trent Edwards threw for four touchdowns in the first half.
ROSTER REPORT: Starting MLB Matt Castelo, arguably the team's top defender, missed most of the second half with an ankle injury.
DE Shane Lapka also missed most of the second half with an ankle injury.
There was no immediate long-term prognosis on either Castelo or Lapka.
RB Yonus Davis left the game several times with various bumps and bruises but he should be fine with San Jose having a bye this week.
Davis claimed to have a concussion during the field celebration according to on site SpartanThunder.com editors, however.
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