It was a picture perfect night in Palo Alto, as both sets of fans got the day off right by tailgating with their fellow classmates and alumni. As expected, San Jose State’s fans came out in droves and seemed to be the rowdier bunch from the tailgate to the stadium.
Spartans offensive coordinator Jimmy Dougherty seemed like he implemented a whole new offense against the vaunted Stanford Cardinal defense. Not only did the Spartans focus more on the short passing game, they also ran some funky packages, one of which had both offensive tackles lined up as wide receivers.
Although David Fales threw the ball 46 times, he only had 216 yards passing and 29 completions. Fales seemed to only be focusing on the check down receiver throughout the game, which will explain his putrid passing yards. Fales favorite target last week Chandler Jones was shut down throughout the game.
“We had to nickel and dime them because they took away the big plays,” an exhausted Fales said after the game.
Even though Fales put up mediocre numbers, he did have as good of a game as you can expect from a quarterback who was running for his life. Stanford’s defensive line bullied San Jose State’s offensive lineman as Fales was sacked 4 times. At points of the game, Fales looked like a young Rich Gannon as he dinked and dunked his way down the field.
“David Fales is a phenomenal quarterback. There were at least 5 NFL throws that he made today,” proclaimed David Shaw.
Spartans fans should not fret over the loss to the great Stanford Cardinal. The Spartans will not face another team this season that is in the same league as their south bay rivals. Fales looked much more comfortable spreading the ball to different receivers than he did last week against Sacramento State.
San Jose State will have two weeks to prepare for their visit to Big 10 opponent Minnesota Gophers, who have put up 95 points in their two wins this season. Fales must put up huge numbers against the Gophers for San Jose state to have any chance to steal a win on the road in Minnesota.