San Jose State to close out season at No. 23 Fresno State

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By: Ana Kieu

Here are two things you should know about San Jose State’s upcoming game at No. 23 Fresno State. First off, SJSU has its sights on the Valley Trophy. Second, Owen Roberts has a team-best 8.5 tackles for loss.

Here are some other things you should know about SJSU at No. 23 Fresno State.

Game No. 12
San Jose State at No. RV/No. 23 Fresno State    
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018
Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, Calif., 4:00 pm PT

SJSU’s record
1-10, 1-6 Mountain West. Most recently, the Spartans lost to Nevada, 21-12, on Nov. 17.

Fresno State’s record
9-2, 6-1 Mountain West. The  Bulldogs won for the eighth time in their last nine contests, defeating San Diego State, 23-14, on Nov. 17.

KLIV (1590 AM, San Jose) originates SJSU football broadcasts. Justin Allegri calls the play-by-play. Kevin Richardson provides commentary. The Fresno State broadcast begins at 3:30 pm PT with a pregame show.

ESPNU will provide play-by-play coverage of the SJSU-Fresno State game. Jay Alter calls the play-by-play. Ray Bentley offers analysis. The live telecast is scheduled for 4:00 pm PT.

Series history
Fresno State leads the series, 41-37-3. The two teams first played in 1921 and SJSU went home with a 14-2 victory. The Spartans’ have played more games against the Bulldogs (81) than any other opponent.

Fresno State won last year’s game, 27-10, ending SJSU’s two-game win streak in the series. The last Spartan win in the series was a 16-13 decision at Bulldog Stadium to close out the 2016 season.

SJSU and Fresno State still hold the NCAA record for most penalties in a game by two teams, 36 (24 by the Spartans and 12 by the Bulldogs), during the 1986 contest won by SJSU, 45-41. The Spartans’ 24 penalties for 199 yards also remains a FBS record for most penalties in a game by one team.

Valley Trophy
Since 2013, SjSU and Fresno State play for the Valley Trophy. SJSU is the metropolitan capital of the high-tech Silicon Valley. Fresno State is the largest city in the agriculturally-rich San Joaquin Valley. The two schools are separated by approximately 150 miles.

Returning to Fresno
SJSU offensive line coach Joe Bernardi played for Fresno State from 2006-2010 and was the Bulldogs’ tight ends coach in 2016.

Closing out a season
SJSU s 5-2 in its last seven regular-season finales. Three of those wins are against Fresno State–2011, 27-24, in Fresno; 2013, 62-52, in San Jose; and 2016, 16-13, in Fresno.

Top 20 in pass interceptions
SJSU has 13 interceptions for the season and is tied for 17th nationally in the category. The last time the Spartans had more than 13 interceptions in a season was in 2012 with 15 in a 13-game season. SJSU has a season-high three interceptions in its Washington State and UNLV games.

Tops in tight ends
Since the beginning of the season, Josh Oliver is the leading pass receiver among FBS tight ends. 36 of Oliver’s 54 receptions this season resulted in a SJSU first down. Oliver also is third in receiving yards by a listed tight end at 667 yards in games played through Nov. 17.

Time for credits
Linebacker Ethan Aguayo became the first Mountain West player this season to be credited with 20 tackles in a game with his Nov. 17 afternoon performance versus Nevada. Aguayo also added a 27-yard pass interception return that set up SJSU’s first touchdown of the game. His 20 tackles match the 12th best single-game total by a FBS player this season.

Spartan defense contains Nevada
SJSU kept Nevada scoreless longer than any 2018 opponent from the opening kickoff to the Wolf Pack’s first score of the game. Nevada’s first score was a two-yard run by quarterback Ty Gangi with 1:48 to go in the second quarter.

Earlier in the season, Nevada did not register its first points in its loss at Vanderbilt until the 5:41 mark of the second quarter.

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