Sunday, December 2, 2012
By Brandon Chatmon and Chantel Jennings
San Jose State Spartans (10-2) vs. Bowling Green Falcons (8-4)
Dec. 27, 3 p.m., Washington, D.C. (ESPN)
San Jose State take by SoonerNation's Brandon Chatmon: SJSU has been one of the biggest surprises of the season, going 10-2 with losses at Stanford and Utah State. The Spartans opened eyes with their 20-17 season-opening loss to the Cardinal and won six straight games to end the season.
The Spartans bring a lethal passing attack to Washington, D.C., led by receiver Noel Grigsby, who finished with 73 receptions for 1,173 yards and nine touchdowns. He had back-to-back 100-yard games in wins over BYU and Louisiana Tech to end the regular season.
Worried about SJSU on the East Coast? The Spartans have a road win in all four time zones this season, including a 12-0 shutout of Navy in Annapolis, Md., on Sept. 29. It’s been a record-setting season for SJSU, which finished the regular season ranked No. 24 in the coaches and AP polls.
Bowling Green take by WolverineNation's Chantel Jennings: Bowling Green wasn’t the most effective offensive team in the MAC this season. The Falcons finished 10th in scoring offense and 11th in total offense and were led by a quarterback that somehow accounted for nearly 2,500 yards in the air despite a 56 percent completion mark and 12 interceptions.
But the Falcons got it done on defense.
They finished seventh in the FBS in total defense (289.7 yards per game) and ninth in the FBS in scoring defense (15.8 points per game). The mid-major quietly worked its way through the MAC, finishing second in the East Division.
Defensive tackle Chris Jones led the way for BGSU, recording 19 tackles for a loss and he accounted for a conference-high 12.5 sacks. The senior was named the MAC’s defensive player of the year, the fourth player in program history to be given the award.