After all, the Spartans certainly didn't show any signs of overconfidence en route to winning four of their first five games.
However, if the Spartans had illusions of making the leap from 3-8 overall and 2-6 in the WAC to competing with the conference's elite, this game brought them back to earth.
"It's very disappointing," San Jose State quarterback Adam Tafralis told the San Jose Mercury News. "It should serve as a big reality check that the 4-1 didn't mean anything because we can get knocked out if we don't show up to play. We're not that good to just come out and win."
While San Jose State played solid defensively, it couldn't muster anything offensively, especially through the air. It passed for just 77 yards.
"If we're going to be a good team, we have to learn from this," San Jose State coach Dick Tomey said.
San Jose State is home against Louisiana Tech on Saturday in an absolutely must-win if the Spartans are going to challenge for a winning record in the conference. San Jose State is 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the WAC.
GAME BALL GOES TO: LB Matt Castelo -- After making 20 tackles the previous game, Castelo was just as impressive, with 14 solo stops and 16 tackles overall. He also forced a fumble.
KEEP AN EYE ON: QB Myles Eden -- Replaced starter Adam Tafralis in the fourth quarter and rushed for 25 yards on three carries and completed 1 of 3 passes for nine yards. It's unlikely San Jose State coach Dick Tomey will make a change Saturday against Louisiana Tech.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We got taught a lesson by a much better team. We stepped up the competition, and obviously we weren't ready. They were tougher, smarter and more disciplined. We were thoroughly outcoached and outplayed." -- San Jose State coach Dick Tomey on his team's 23-7 loss to Nevada.
LOOKING GOOD: Not much to take from this one, outside of that San Jose State hasn't quite made the leap to the conference's elite teams. Some nice individual performances, though, especially on special teams.
P Waylon Prather -- A lock for conference special teams player of the week, Prather averaged 48.0 yards on six punts, including a 72-yard blast. Also, four of his six kicks pinned Nevada inside its 20-yard line.
TB Yonus Davis -- Produced his second 100-yard game of the season despite just 11 carries. His numbers were aided by a 48-yard run.
CB Dwight Lowery -- The nation's leader in interceptions added No. 8, which he returned 37 yards.
STILL NEEDS WORK: The offense was non-existent, especially the passing attack.
QB Adam Tafralis -- Not much to add outside the numbers: 8 of 19 for 68 yards and an interception. "It's 100 percent on me. The offensive line did their job. It's my fault," Tafralis said.
K Jared Strubeck -- Missed a 42-yard field goal attempt midway through the second quarter.
WR John Broussard -- Three grabs for a paltry 12 yards is pretty rough for a starting wideout. And he lost a fumble, too.
ROSTER REPORT: DE Mohamed Marah, a freshman, injured his left ankle and was taken off the field on a motorized cart. He didn't return and was seen on the sidelines in the second half on crutches.
QB Sean Flynn, the starter coming out of spring camp, didn't make the trip and is expected to petition the NCAA for a medical redshirt if his hamstring injury keeps him sidelined the remainder of the season.
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