SJSU sends Nevada "Pack"ing 27-24

The Wolf Pack visited the Spartans in their home finale, and went home the loser. SJSU wide receiver, Kevin Jurovic, played like a warrior, and was pounded by the UNR defense. He left the game on many occasions after a shoulder stinger, but came back into the game like a battled veteran to assist his team to victory. UNR could not make a chip shot field goal to finalize their bowl hopes.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Thunder Field Report)-- The Spartans played for pride, and the Wolf Pack tried to keep its bowl hopes alive.

The Wolf Pack visited San Jose in the Spartans' home finale at Spartan Stadium, and went home the loser.

Much to the chagrin of Wolf Pack fans, coaches, and their pesky team.

Coach, Dick Tomey, had never beaten Nevada, losing two years ago at San Jose and last year at Nevada, but this time is was a 27-24 win after UNR's kicker botched an easy field goal off the upright.

Tomey paced the sidelines, a coach focused on beating UNR, and was very happy post game to not only win the game, but to send his Seniors off with a win under their belts.

SJSU wide receiver, Kevin Jurovic, played like a warrior, and was pounded by the UNR defense. He left the game on many occasions after a shoulder stinger, but came back into the game like a battled veteran to assist his team to victory.

The Pack fans traveled poorly, and with so much on the line (a potential bowl birth), one would have thought that at least 5,000 fans would have made the trip to the beautiful South Bay.

Nevada Wolf Pack fans are one of the worst traveling fan bases west of the Mississippi, and it was "shocking" to see such an embarrassing visitor section in Spartan Stadium for such a crucial game for those who represent and root for the worlds "biggest little city".

It was the last time the Spartan seniors got to play on their home field this year, and the Spartans have now won 13 of their last 15 on the grass at Spartan Stadium. The only losses were to Boise State and Hawaii in that time, and the Spartans have played very well in their own digs.

Adam Tafralis passed for 342 yards and two touchdowns to rally San Jose State to a season ending win for himself and the other Seniors on the team.

Nevada had a chance to tie the game and force overtime, but Brett Jaekle's 37-yard field goal kick hit the left upright preserving the win for San Jose (5-7, 4-4 WAC) in its season-finale and setting off a celebration on the field.

Tafralis completed 29 of 46 passes and led San Jose State to scores on its first three possessions of the second half, as the Spartans outscored Nevada 17-0.

Tafralis also broke the school record for career completions with 603!

The Wolf Pack, (5-6, 3-4 WAC), lost its second straight and likely it's bowl hopes at the expense of San Jose State.

Tafralis completed a string of five throws during an 80-yard scoring drive in the third quarter, ending it with a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end, Brian Elledge. Jared Strubeck's second field goal pulled San Jose to a 24-20 deficit.

Kevin Jurovich finished with eight catches for 91 yards, and also nailed the Spartans' single-season reception record with 85 snares.

Thank you to all of this years Seniors, and to those players that stepped up their game to fill in for those that were injured this year.

SJSU ends it's season with a win, and on Thanksgiving weekend.

The fans of SJSU are grateful for this years outstanding performances, and we look forward to rooting you on to more victories next year.


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