San Jose State quarterback David Fales wishes he could have one pass back in Friday night's shootout loss to Navy. The Spartan quarterback had a great night by completing 42 of 56 passes for 440 yards and five touchdowns, and one turnover which came on his final pass play.
In the third overtime period the game was tied at 52 Fales targeted tight end Jordan Thiel in the back of the end zone, but Navy's Parrish Gaines stepped in front of the pass and intercepted Fales in the end zone. On Navy's first play on offense in the third overtime, quarterback scored the game-winning 25-yard touchdown run to win -- his seventh rushing score on the night and eighth overall in the game.
"We did a lot of good things, just that one play at the end," Fales told the media after the game. "I really thought it was going to be fine. That safety made a good play."
To get to any overtime period in this game was a feat upon itself. Nearing the end of regulation Navy was leading 32-31 and driving the ball down the field deep in to Spartans territory. The Midshipmen converted a key 4th-and-1 play to keep the drive alive and Navy eventually scored a touchdown on a Reynolds 20-yard scamper.
Trailing 38-30 the Spartans then hustled down the field in 14 plays which covered 75 yards to tie the game. On that final drive Fales completed 9 of 13 passes, plus converted the two-point conversion. San Jose State almost missed out on a chance to even tie the game. Fales completed a 10-yard pass to Thomas Tucker on 3rd-and-10 at the 12, and with the first down the cock stopped, but it stopped with just three seconds left. The entire offense hustled to the line to get a play off, and Fales found Kyle Nunn in the back of the end zone for an amazing catch.
On the two-point attempt Fales found Chandler Jones.
Tying the game would be for naught as the Spartans lost this one in overtime, and now their bowl chances are razor thing. Next week San Jose State hosts a likely 10-0 Fresno State team and the Spartans sitting at 5-6 must win that game to become bowl eligible.
The Spartans have now lost their last three games ever since getting their fifth win, and if not for a double-digit lead slip away against San Diego State they would be going bowling.
This team had high expectations this year by coming off a 11-2 season which included a Military Bowl win, and also returning Fales who was considered one of the best quarterbacks in the country was expected to lead them to a bowl game. Fales' season was exceptional but injuries, red zone issues and a lack of rushing defense at times proved to be too costly for the Spartans to overcome.
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