San José State Spartans Fall To Eastern Michigan Eagles in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Barely a week after the 35th anniversary of when San Jose State and Eastern Michigan had their only prior meeting in the 1987 California Bowl, the Spartans and Eagles squared off in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho this afternoon.

The San Jose State Spartans (7-5) got off to a great start, taking a 13-0 lead, but the PAT was blocked and the Eastern Michigan Eagles (9-4) returned it for a touchdown to make it a 13-2 game and that started a 33-0 run for EMU.

Eastern Michigan ended up winning the game 41-27.

Eastern Michigan now has two bowl wins in program history, and both have come against San Jose State 35 years apart. The Spartans fall to 7-5 (.583) all-time in Bowl Games.

I’m proud of SJSU for making it to bowl games in two of the last three seasons, but getting blown out by MAC teams isn’t fun. In 2020, Ball State opened the game on a 34-0 run to essentially win and today Eastern Michigan went on that 33-0 run to essentially win.

SJSU quarterback Chevan Cordeiro struggled today. He completed 26-of-44 passes for 366 yards, throwing three touchdowns but also threw two bad interceptions.

The good news is Cordeiro will be returning to SJSU for the 2023 season, so hopefully he’ll improve in year two in the program.

Kairee Robinson finished with 56 rushing yards on 14 carries and had three receptions for 17 yards.

The Spartans defense looked great to start, but then shriveled up and fell apart.

Disappointing finish to the season.

Brent Brennan and staff have about 12 hours before the National Signing Day action begins on Wednesday.

There’s only 249 more days until we get to see the Spartans in action again when they play on the road at USC on August 26th in the 2023 season opener.

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