December 3, 2021

San Jose State welcomes back Bay Area Thanksgiving Day football tradition with ‘heated’ rivalry game against Fresno State

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — Turkey sandwiches, pumpkin pie and football – does it get any extra Thanksgiving than that?

A Thanksgiving tradition was reborn for the primary time since 1956 and thirteenth time general, the San Jose State Spartans introduced football to the Bay on Turkey Day.

It is one thing gamers and coaches are grateful for: an opportunity to be at residence with their SJSU Household.

“I’m thankful for my family, I’m thankful for my health,” SJSU Football Assistant Coach Alonzo Carter stated. “I’m thankful for the fans. I’m thankful for everybody that made this possible and, most importantly, I’m thankful to be here. Today is my birthday, so hopefully my gift will be us winning today. I’m thankful for the Spartan Nation and I just want to say Spartan up!”

Standing in the way in which of delivering Coach Zo that birthday present was the Fresno State Bulldogs.

The Fresno State – San Jose State rivalry is without doubt one of the greatest in California, and the Valley Trophy was on the road.

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“Not only is it a rivalry game and there’s a trophy on the line, but you have Fresno State trying to make a championship and San Jose State trying to make a bowl game and become bowl eligible,” SJSU Director of Athletics Jeff Konya stated. “So, there’s a lot on the line for both teams. It’s a rivalry, heated, a lot of people and it’s Thanksgiving. Great mix.”

On prime of all of that, right this moment’s game wraps up the common season as SJSU battled with their seniors of their closing game at residence.

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2020 noticed empty stands, however one Spartan Nation got here out in drive to help the hometown staff. There was no higher technique to spend Thanksgiving for the followers, together with the legendary Krazy George.

“This year was great,” Krazy George stated. “Last year, nobody was here because we had COVID. But not this year, we’re back.”

Fresno State acquired the victory, however everybody was grateful for nice football on Thanksgiving and a full yr of SJSU football.