San Jose State coach Dick Tomey's focus last week was to get his seniors a win in their final home game.
This week, the tables have turned.
After a 13-10 win over New Mexico State, the Spartans' attention has turned to Tomey's final game, Saturday at Louisiana Tech.
The six-week long rally call to "just get a win" has morphed into "win one for Coach Tomey" for many in the 2-9 Spartans' locker room.
"We really want to send him out with a victory," senior defensive end Liam Smith said. "We all care about him so much. We want to rally together and do something special."
Tomey, in his 29th season as a head coach, said the experience of sending off so many senior classes over the years has given him a preview of what his final game will be like.
"A lot of guys don't understand how emotional the last game is until it's over, and then sometimes they're a lot more emotional than they thought they'd be," he said. "Maybe that will hit home for me at the end."
Tomey is at peace with his decision to retire, and looking forward to the next step of his life, but for now, "what's next is Louisiana Tech."
The Bulldogs (3-8, 2-5 Western Athletic Conference) won't make it easy for the Spartans to send Tomey out on a winning note. They come in with a five-game losing streak, but the stretch consists of near-upsets of No. 6 Boise State and No. 13 LSU and three WAC losses by two points or fewer.
It all adds up to another tough week for Tomey and a locker room that Smith says finally has "its swagger back."
"They've got terrific talent — it's mind-boggling that they sit (seventh) in the conference standings," Tomey said. "This will be an enormous challenge, but I'm looking forward to it.
"After that, I can take a deep breath."