ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- San Jose State's first successful trip to the East Coast delivered plenty of memories.
The 12-0 victory over Navy on Saturday --- the first win the Eastern time zone in school history --- fulfilled the primary purpose of the trip. But the Spartans found time to soak in the flavor of the area.
SJSU did a 90-minute tour of the national monuments in Washington, D.C., on Friday and even managed to make that time productive in preparing for the game.
"We got out on the lawn at the Washington Monument and did a walk-through," Spartans coach Mike MacIntyre said. "They'll have pictures of that for the rest of their lives. It was a phenomenal weekend for a young man in college and I'm glad our university backed us on that."
MacIntyre credited athletic director Gene Bleymaier and deputy athletic director Marie Tuite with allowing them to fly out on Thursday, a day earlier than normal for an away game. Bleymaier, Tuite and university president Mohammad Qayoumi all attended the game.
"They paid for us to come out here a day early and that made all the difference in the world," MacIntyre.
A miscalculation of weight on the plane pushed back the team's Thursday departure for a couple hours and forced them to stop in Kansas to refuel. They arrived around midnight on Thursday.
It didn't prevent them from doing Friday's tour of the capital, which turned into a wonderful experience.
"That was really a great phenomenal day," MacIntyre said. "When they walked down the Vietnam Memorial and the World War II Memorial, you could hear a pin drop."
SJSU offensive lineman David Quessenberry, who had visited the monuments once before when he was younger, raved about the trip.
"I know a lot of guys on the team have never been there," Quessenberry said of Washington, D.C. "It was just a real great thing that Coach Mac brought us out there to see some of our nation's history. I'm really glad we went."
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