College Hotline: San Jose State report card (grading the loss to Air Force)

For all we know, athletic director Gene Bleymaier has already decided to bring Ron Caragher back for Year Five, although such a firm decision at this point would be a tad perplexing.

It’s also possible that Bleymaier has reached an entirely different conclusion: That he’s making a change.

But if Caragher’s fate remains undecided — Door No. 3 — he did not do himself any favors Saturday night.

That was an epic display of game mismanagement, folks.

Result: Lost to Air Force 41-38

Grade: C-

Comment: At the very least, you run the ball into the line on second down, force Air Force to use another timeout, and then make a decision about third down.

What you don’t do is what the Spartans did: You don’t throw on second and third down.

Also: You don’t put the decision on your quarterback.

In his postgame explanation on the SJSU radio broadcast, Caragher said they gave QB Kenny Potter what amounted to a run-pass option on the rollout, based on how the defense responded.

One more thing you don’t do if you’re the head coach: Nudge blame onto anyone else, even to the slightest degree. You have to own that, and Caragher didn’t own it entirely.

The end result: SJSU used just 21 seconds on the possession, AFA preserved two timeouts, and the Spartans punted from their end zone.

It was shocking to watch.

Which brings us to the other major issue: The defensive collapse.

The Spartans allowed 200 yards and 10 points in the fourth quarter, and it would have been worse if not for the Falcons’ fumble at the 1 yardline.

SJSU has not figured out how to stop option running games in the Caragher era.

And it finds ways to lose games.

And it’s short on playmakers on both sides of the ball.

And its quarterback situation next season is uncertain.

And it’s losing ground relative to the …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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