San Jose Wins over Bowling Green in 2012 Military Bowl

San Jose State quarterback David Fales passes for a Military Bowl record 395 yards and two touchdowns in 29-20 win over Bowling Green.

David Fales rewrote many of the passing entries in his first season at San Jose State University. The junior kept it going in the 2012 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman.

Fales, the most accurate passer in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season, completed 33 of 43 passes for two touchdowns and a Military Bowl-record 395 yards, as the No. 24-ranked Spartans knocked off Bowling Green State University, 29-20, before 17,835 at RFK Stadium yesterday afternoon.

Fales led the Spartans to 10 points in the final five minutes of a game that featured four second-half lead changes.

“Our receivers were making great plays. De’Leon [Eskridge] is catching with one hand and there’s just a lot of great plays out there,” Fales said. “I think it just attests to this team and we’re really resilient.”

It was a fitting end to a breakthrough season for San Jose State. The Spartans finished 11-2, their winningest season since going 11-1 in 1940. 

“This whole season we’ve been a great second-half team and we were a great second-half team today,” said San Jose State Interim Head Coach Kent Baer, who guided the team in the Military Bowl after former coach Mike MacIntyre was hired by Colorado earlier this month.

“It seems like our kids really do a great job of listening at halftime and the coaches do an unbelievable job from the press box and the sideline about some of the adjustments we make, but it’s our players who have done it.”

Said Bowling Green Head Coach Dave Clawson, “We had a great week in Washington. We want to thank the entire Military Bowl staff. Everything they did was first class."   

To their credit, Bowling Green rallied an early fourth quarter effort with a 34-yard run on third down by senior John Pettigrew who scored on the next play from one yard out to put Bowling Green back in front, 20-19, with 10:26 to play.

However, after Bowling Green took over, San Jose State’s defensive end Travis Johnson, the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, added to his conference record with his 32nd career sack, which forced Bowling Green quarterback Matt Schilz to fumble. San Jose State junior Keith Smith recovered it at the Falcons’ 23.   Five plays later, Eskridge, a senior, scored his 11th rushing touchdown of the season to cap the scoring with 2:34 to play.
San Jose ended 2012 on a seven-game winning streak, its longest run since winning eight straight in 1987.

Credit: MB PR.