San Jose State’s football team kept its undefeated season alive on Friday night, erasing a 20-7 halftime deficit to take down Nevada. That being said, there was one of really unfortunate moment in this game for the Spartans.
Early in the first quarter of action, San Jose State kicker Matthew Mercurio completed whiffed on a 34-yard field goal attempt. It should’ve been a relatively easy conversion, but his attempt was leaning left from the get-go.
Mercurio’s missed field goal attempt was so bizarre due to the fact that he didn’t face any pressure from Nevada’s defensive line. The snap and hold was perfect too, so this was just a complete botch on his part.
If the field goal post was lined up five yards over to the left, Mercurio’s attempt would’ve been perfect.
Here’s the missed field goal from Mercurio:
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The good news for Mercurio is that he redeemed himself later in the game, connecting on a 27-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter.
Mercurio has been a productive kicker since joining the San Jose State football team in 2018. Last season, he made 20-of-24 field goal attempts and 94.9 percent of his extra point attempts.
San Jose State will need Mercurio at his best when it takes on Boise State in the Mountain West Championship Game.