Over the weekend, our San Jose Spartans ( @sanjosestatefb ) took on Air Force at CEFCU stadium for their 4th game of the season. The Spartans this season are (1-2) looking to bounce back from last week’s loss. So far this season, Air Force has had an impressive start, coming into this game undefeated with a 3-0 record. The atmosphere before the match was electric for a Friday night game for Latinx Community Night and Military Appreciation Night! The San Jose State Marching band led the Spartans team onto the field!
To kick things off in the first quarter of the game, SJSU started off the game with a quick drive downfield, scoring the first touchdown of the game with a 10-yard run from quarterback Chevan Cordeiro, leading the Spartans to a 6-0 start as they missed the extra points score. Air Force would try to bounce back with a touchdown for themselves, but the Spartan’s defense would hold them to just scoring a field goal towards the end of the first quarter.
2nd quarter, both offenses had a solid ground attack that neither defense could handle as both teams’ starting running backs found themselves with two touchdowns each. First Air Force’s own Emmanuel Michel had himself a 17-yard run to take the score to 10-6. The Spartans responded with back-to-back touchdown drives of their own, both scored by Kairee Robinson, who scored first by breaking tackles to score on a 29-yard run. His second touchdown of the quarter was on the 1-yard line, with the help of the offensive line, was able to push him to take the score 10-20 after those two touchdown drives. Air Force responded before halftime with a touchdown of their own, where Emmanuel Michel found his second touchdown of the night on a 4-yard carry, taking the game to 17-20 going into halftime.
After halftime, Air Force started with the ball to begin their drive downfield. They found so much success running the ball that they ran a nearly 9-minute drive to start the half and cap it off with a touchdown. Air Force’s John Lee Eldridge ran it in from the 5-yard line, taking the score to 24-20 over the Spartans. The rest of the 3rd quarter was a defensive battle as both teams could not capitalize on a scoring drive.
Going into the 4th quarter, Air Force maintained their 24-20 lead over the Spartans. Air Force continued their ground game by running the ball incredibly well against the Spartan’s defense to start the quarter. With another nearly 9-minute drive, Air Force scored another touchdown by Emmanuel Michel scoring from the 1-yard line, taking the score to 31-20 after the extra point score. The Spartans tried to respond quickly, even going for it on a 4th and 1 call, but Air Force defense was ultimately able to end that drive and turn the ball over on downs. Air Force capitalized on this turnover on downs with an incredible hurtling touchdown by John Lee Eldridge, his second of the night, taking the score to 38-20 late into the 4th quarter. The Spartans couldn’t get any offensive momentum, throwing a costly interception in the last few minutes of the game.
The final score of the game was Spartans 20-45 Air Force. Offensively, San Jose State Spartans has 239 through the air on 24 for 35 attempts and 115 yards rushing on 17 attempts. The Spartan’s own Kairee Robinson had a night with 2 touchdowns and 82 yards on 7 attempts. Chevan Cordeiro threw for 239 yards on 24-35 attempts with 1 rushing touchdown. Defensively, the Spartans had 97 tackles with 3 tackles for loss. Offensively, Air Force dominated the ground game with 400 yards rushing on 73 attempts, with only 28 yards passing on 2 attempts. San Jose Spartans will look to bounce back from this loss as they play away this weekend against (2-2) Boise State!
If you ever want to listen to the live game broadcast, you can listen to San Jose Spartans home games at KSJS 90.5FM! All photos are credited to Evan Weiss ( @chevan.pov )