The Military Bowl, presented by Northrop Grumman, was an ugly, hard-fought, back-and-forth contest where the San Jose State Spartans eventually prevailed over the Bowling Green Falcons. If the Spartans have just one game ball to hand out, it should without question go to quarterback David Fales, who took his team to victory almost single-handedly.
Fales finished the day completing 33-of-43 passes for 395 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It was his second-highest yardage total this season and his tenth game with at least two touchdown passes. More impressive than his gaudy numbers, however, was the absolute lack of support Fales got from the rest of his offense, and the running game in particular.
De’Leon Eskridge led the team, gaining 32 yards on the ground on 13 carries with a touchdown that sealed the win late in the fourth quarter. However, as a team, the Spartans ran for negative-17 yards on the day. The Bowling Green defense completely took away an entire aspect of the Spartans’ offense, but Fales still found a way to prevail.
It wasn’t easy, though. Fales led the Spartans into the endzone first, jumping out to a 7-0 lead on their way to 10-6 halftime lead. Twice, however, Bowling Green rallied to take the lead in the second half. Both times, Fales put his team on his back and drove them down the field to take it right back.
Fales has been impressive all season long, coming into the game as the No. 7 leading passer in college football this season throwing for 3,798 yards and 31 touchdowns. None of his performances this season were as impressive as this one, though, as he refused to let the Spartans lose despite having no running game whatsoever.
Thanks to Fales, the Spartans finish the season 11-2 and will be nationally ranked at the end of a season for the first time since 1975. This will be their first 11-win season since 1940, which is remarkable considering this team was just 1-12 two seasons ago.
They have David Fales to thank for it, and they’ll be looking to him to lead them in 2013 as they try and repeat their impressive 2012 campaign next season.