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By Ana Kieu
It’s game week for the San Jose State Spartans football and Spartan Nation is going to get their game faces on. The Spartans travel to Las Vegas to take on the UNLV Rebels. The Spartans also look to snap a two-game losing skid.
Here’s what you need to know about Saturday’s game.
San Jose State at UNLV
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.
Saturday, November 23, 2019, 1:00 pm PST
SAN JOSE STATE RECORD
4-6, 1-5 Mountain West. Most recently, the Spartans lost at Hawaii, 42-40, on Nov. 9 in a Mountain West game. SJSU seeks to end its second two-game losing streak of the season.
2-8, 0-6 Mountain West. The Rebels lost to Hawaii, 21-7, on Nov. 16, in a conference contest. UNLV is in the midst of its second four-game losing streak this season.
KKSF (910 AM, Oakland), RealTalk 910, is the new flagship radio station for San Jose State Spartans football. Justin Allegri calls the play-by-play. Kevin Richardson provides commentary. The UNLV broadcast begins at 12:30 pm PST with a pregame show.
Network affiliates are KION (1460 AM/101.1 FM, Salinas), KFIV (1360 AM, Modesto), KWSX (1280 AM, Stockton).
AT&T Sports Network will provide broadcast coverage beginning at 1:00 pm PST. Drew Goodman calls the play-by-play. Sed Bonner provides commentary. AT&T Sports Network is available on DirecTV Channel 684, and DISH Network Channel 414.
SJSU leads the series, 16-6-1. The Spartans have won eight of the last nine meetings between these teams, including a 50-37 decision in San Jose, Calif. in 2018. The home team has wins in each of the last three games including UNLV’s 41-13 victory on Sept. 30, 2017 at Sam Boyd Stadium.
This year’s meeting is the second time these teams are playing on a Nov. 23 date. In 1996, SJSU closed out the season and withstood a Rebels’ fourth-quarter rally for a 31-28 victory in Spartan Stadium. The game was the final one for the late John Ralston as a college football head coach.
SAM BOYD STADIUM
SJSU is playing its 12th game in Sam Boyd Stadium. The Spartans have a 7-4 win-loss record in the stadium.
Two of the program’s 10 overtime games have been in Sam Boyd Stadium, both of them single-overtime victories. SJSU’s first overtime game in school history was a 55-48 win on Nov. 22, 1997. On Oct. 10, 2015, the Spartans edged the Rebels, 33-27 for their most recent overtime win. SJSU has a 3-7 record in overtime contests.
THREE ROAD WINS, MAYBE?
SJSU can pick up its third road win this season at UNLV. Earlier this season, the Spartans won on the road at Arkansas (31-24) in the Central Time Zone and Army (34-29) in the Eastern Time Zone.
The last time SJSU won three road games in a season was in 2013 when the Spartans were victorious at Hawaii (37-27), at Colorado State (34-27), and at UNLV (34-24).
BACK-TO-BACK 40-POINT GAMES
SJSU scored 42 points in its Nov. 2 home game vs. Boise State and 40 points in its Nov. 9 road encounter at Hawaii. The last time the Spartans scored 40 or more points in three or more consecutive games was at the end of the 1990 season when that team did it in four consecutive contests piling up 190 points.
30-POINT GAMES IN 2019
SJSU has scored 30 or more points in seven of its 10 games this season compared to four a year ago. The last time the Spartans scored 30 or more points seven times in a season was in 2013.
The last time SJSU scored 30 or more points eight times in a season was in 2012 when the Spartans did it eight times en route to an 11-2 win-loss record and a Military Bowl victory.
POINTS OFF OF TURNOVERS
After 10 games, SJSU has scored 68 points off of opponent turnovers compared to the opponent’s seven. The last three of the Spartan points came in the 42-40 loss at Hawaii on Nov. 9. The first opponent points off a Spartan turnover came in the Oct. 12 Nevada victory on an interception return for a touchdown.
Wide receiver Bailey Gaither became the first SJSU player in school history to catch a touchdown pass in six consecutive games with his 40-yard scoring reception in the Hawaii game on Nov. 9.
The previous record was five consecutive games with a touchdown catch. Current SJSU graduate assistant and former wide receiver Chandler Jones was the first to do it in 2013.
TWO-GAME STREAK WITH TWO 100-YARD RECEIVERS
The Nov. 2 Boise State game and the Nov. 9 contest at Hawaii each had two Spartans with 100-yard receiving games.
Prior to the Nov. 2 game, the Oct. 29, 2016 UNLV win was the last time two Spartans had 100 or more receiving yards in the same game. Wide receivers Tim Crawley caught eight passes for 114 yards and Tre Hartley had five receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
Running back DeJon Packer is the Spartans’ only player to score more than one touchdown in a game this season. He rushed for two touchdowns in the Nevada, Boise State and Hawaii games. Packer’s nine rushing touchdowns in a season are the most since running back Tyler Ervin, now with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, ran for 13 touchdowns in 2015.