Stanford Cardinal football podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Cardinal and Pitt meet for the first time since 1932; Costello had a great season with 3435 yards passing

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On the Stanford Cardinal football podcast with Jerry:

#1 Jerry, it’s the first time that the Stanford Cardinal (8-4) will face the Pitt (7-6) for the first time since 1932 in Pittsburgh. The Cardinal faced Pitt three times In 1928, the Cardinal beat Pitt in the Rose Bowl 7-6.

#2 Talk about the season that Stanford quarterback KJ Costello had. He threw for 263 completions for 3435 yards and 29 touchdowns.

#3 Pitt lost their latest game Saturday to Clemson 42-10 in the ACC Championship.

#4 Stanford running back Bryce Love, who was injured most of the season, had six in the touchdowns. Stanford’s other running back Cameron Scarlett had six touchdowns.

#5 So it’s Pitt and Stanford for the Sun Bowl. Jerry tells us how he sees this contest on New Year’s Eve.

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San Jose State podcast with Ana Kieu: Football receives early Christmas present; Men’s basketball can’t afford to lose any more games

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On the San Jose State podcast with Ana: 

1. San Jose State football received an early Christmas present of a $2 million gift commitment, thanks to SJSU alumnus John Hopkirk and his wife Anne Murphy. 

2. The San Jose State football coaching staff has been holding meetings with high school football players, mostly from the state of California. 

3. San Jose State men’s basketball enters Thursday’s game vs. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats with six straight losses. How important is this game and what do the Spartans need to do to pick up a win? 

Ana does the San Jose State podcasts each week for 

San Jose State football is on the right path

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By: Ana Kieu

It’s Monday, and while there aren’t a lot of things going on at San Jose State, I’m still going to give you a rundown of what has happened this past weekend.

First off, we’d like to wish our Jewish followers a Happy Hanukkah. Chag Sameach!

Second, the Spartans managed a comeback at Fresno State against the Bulldogs, but their hopes of tying the Valley Trophy game to force overtime fell short as they lost 31-13 in enemy territory. But, if you take a look at the positives, you can see that Spartans head coach Brent Brennan and his team have made progress on and off the field. Yes, I know my initial prediction of five wins before the start of the 2018 season was far-fetched, but it’s possible for the Spartans to pick up five wins in the 2019 season. The Spartans just have to watch the tape and learn from their mistakes that cost them quite a few wins they could’ve gotten this past season.

Third, the Spartans lost to the visiting Wolf Pack 21-12 on Senior Day on Nov. 17. But that was another productive game for the Spartans, who welcomed a special guest that warm, sunny Saturday afternoon. The kickoff was originally scheduled for 3:00 pm, but it was pushed back to 12:00 pm due to the poor air quality from the Camp Fire in Butte County. However, the loss and the smoke never affected Robert, a 14-year-old Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma patient since June. Robert has been fighting since his diagnosis of the difficult disease this summer. Robert enjoyed the game and got the chance to meet the Spartans players and cheerleaders–both of whom made his day.

Last but not least, Riverside City College quarterback Stoney Waters had a great meeting with San Jose State quarterbacks coach Ryan Gunderson and offensive coordinator Kevin McGiven. Waters took to Twitter on Monday to let the Twitterverse know that he was blessed to announce that he received an offer from the Spartans. We’ll see what happens next, but Waters would be an excellent addition to the quarterback position at SJSU.

Ducks and Spartans to meet in the Redbox Bowl at Levi’s Stadium

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By Jeremy Kahn

With the College Football Season turning into bowl season, there will be a great matchup between teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12 Conferences, respectively.

This is the first playing of what is now called the Redbox Bowl, but it is 17th overall bowl game in the Bay Area and it will feature the Michigan State Spartans of the Big 10 Conference versus the Oregon Ducks of the Pac-12 Conference.

In the previous six meetings between the Spartans and Ducks, the series is tied at three wins apiece. This past August, the two perennial powerhouses of their respective conferences agreed to a home-and-home series that will take place in 2029 and 2030.

“The Redbox Bowl is thrilled to welcome two storied college football brands with shared history like Oregon and Michigan State to play in front of a primetime national audience at Levi’s Stadium,” said Ryan Oppelt, executive director of the Redbox Bowl. “The Ducks and Spartans have large alumni contingents in the Bay Area so we couldn’t ask for a better way to kick off an incredible week of post-season football in the Bay Area that will culminate with the CFP National Championship on January 7th.”

The Spartans won the last meeting between the teams, as they defeated the Ducks 31-28 at Spartan Stadium on September 12, 2015.

This will be the 28th bowl game appearance for the Spartans, and the 11th under current head coach Mark Dantonio, the most by any coach in school history. The Spartans set a school record by playing in nine consecutive bowl games from 2009-2017.

During the streak, the Spartans won a school record four consecutive bowl games, including a win over the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2011 Outback Bowl, the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl over the Texas Christian Horned Frogs, the 2014 Rose Bowl over the Stanford Cardinal and the 2015 Cotton Bowl over the Baylor Bears.

All-time, the Spartans are 12-15 entering the Redbox Bowl and 5-5 under Dantonio, including a win over the Washington State Cougars in the 2017 Holiday Bowl.

This is the first full season in Eugene for current Head Coach Mario Cristobal, but bowl games are nothing new for the Ducks, as this is the 13th bowl game for the Ducks in the past 14 seasons. Cristobal was the interim coach for the Ducks in the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl after the firing of former Head Coach Mark Helfrich.

Overall, this is the 32nd appearance for the Ducks and 13-18 overall and this is the 12th appearance for the Ducks in bowl games played in the State of California.

Three takeaways from Stanford’s 23-13 win over Cal in the 121st Big Game

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By: Ana Kieu

The Stanford Cardinal won their ninth straight Big Game at Memorial Stadium against the California Golden Bears on Saturday. With the win, Stanford (8-4, 6-3 Pac-12) not only preserved bragging rights, but also kept the Axe away from Cal (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12). Congratulations to the 2018 Cardinal squad!

Now, let’s take a look at three takeaways from Stanford’s 23-13 win over Cal in the 121st Big Game.

Early bird gets the worm
Okay, the game wasn’t scheduled at 10:00 am or earlier than that, but its kickoff was set for noon, which was close enough.

Anyhow, Stanford jumped out to an early lead on their first two drives of the game to grab a 10-0 lead on running back Cameron Scarlett’s first score and held on against Cal to extend the longest winning streak in the Big Game, which was established in 1892.

The Cardinal took an early lead and never looked back. That’s the way the game should be played, especially against a rival or archrival.

The other PA 
No, we’re referring to the initials of Stanford cornerback Paulson Adebo, who’s a redshirt freshman.

Adebo may not be a household name in the Cardinal’s world. Well, at least not yet. But please keep in mind that Adebo tied the school record with 22 passes defended on the season–in both pass break ups and interceptions.

Vaughn Bryant also held that record with 22 passes defended with 18 pass break ups and four interceptions.

Almost perfect
Stanford kicker and punter Jet Toner has made 14-of-15 field goals this season. Toner currently owns the highest field goal percentage in school history in a single season with .929 and in a career with 34-of-40 and .850.

Toner ain’t perfect, but he’s almost perfect and that’s nearly the same thing, right? When there’s a healthy Toner, there’s likely going to be a higher chance of a Cardinal win in the end.

Stanford beats Cal 23-13 for ninth straight Big Game win

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By: Ana Kieu 

BERKELEY, Calif. — After a disappointing postponement due to the poor air quality from the Camp Fire in Butte County, the Stanford Cardinal paid a much-anticipated visit to Memorial Stadium to take on the California Golden Bears in the 121st Big Game on Saturday afternoon.

The Cardinal entered the game with an eight-game win streak in hopes of making it nine in a row. Both Stanford and Cal fans in attendance were fired up, dancing to hit songs such as “Tell Me When To Go” by E-40. The in-stadium DJ picked the perfect rapper to blast as E-40 is a Vallejo, Calif. native and Bay Area sports fan.

The Cardinal also welcomed free agent tight end and Stanford alum Coby Fleener as their honorary captain for the game. Fleener most recently played for the New Orleans Saints from 2016-17 after spending three years with the Indianapolis Colts from 2012-15. Fleener was a second-round pick of the Colts in the 2012 NFL Draft. 

The Cardinal opened the scoring as Jet Toner kicked in a 26-yard field goal to give his team a 3-0 lead with 9:15 left in the first quarter. 

K.J. Costello threw a pass to Cameron Scarlett for a 46-yard passing touchdown and Toner kicked in the extra point. The Cardinal made it a 10-0 game with 4:37 left in the first. 

The Cardinal was up 10-0 at the end of the first. 

The Bears, however, avoided a shutout, thanks to Greg Thomas’ 40-yard field goal. Stanford’s lead was reduced to 10-3 at the 10:14 mark of the second quarter. 

Thomas kicked in a 24-yard field goal to bring the Bears within six, cutting Stanford’s lead to 10-6 with 4:58 left in the second. 

Toner kicked in a 19-yard field goal to expand Stanford’s lead to 13-6 with just one second left in the second. The Cardinal brought a 13-6 lead to the locker room to end the first half. 

The PA announcer announced an attendance of 57,858 in the third quarter. 
The Cal fans made it very loud and clear that Memorial Stadium was Bears territory, but the Cardinal held onto a 13-6 lead at the end of the third. That helped the Cardinal fans feel better about their team. 

And the Cardinal fans had another reason to not fret about the possibility of a Bears comeback in the fourth quarter. Toner kicked in a 21-yard field goal to extend Stanford’s lead to 16-6 with 3:43 left in the fourth. 

As if the confidence level wasn’t already high enough, Stanford added a touchdown just 1:16 later. Scarlett rushed for a 3-yard rushing touchdown and Toner kicked in the extra point to expand Stanford’s lead to 23-6.

Cal took its third and final timeout with 48 seconds left in the fourth. Guess what happened next? Cal scored to pull within 10, cutting Stanford’s lead to 23-13 with 10 seconds left. Chase Garbers threw a pass to Jordan Duncan for an 11-yard passing touchdown and Thomas kicked in the extra point.

The Bears’ down-to-the-wire effort didn’t work today. The Cardinal won 23-13 to extend their Big Game win streak to nine games. 

San Jose State, Spartan football receives $2 million gift from SJSU alumnus

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By: Ana Kieu 

SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose State Spartans football had nothing much to cheer about. Well, that all changed Wednesday, as San Jose State University is pleased to announce that it has received a $2 million gift commitment from alumnus John Hopkirk and his wife Anne Murphy. Their gift will support a critical resource for the Spartan football program–a new state-of-the-art football operations center on the east side of CEFCU Stadium, Home of the Spartans.

“John and Anne have been long-time Spartan supporters and their gift to the football operations center demonstrates their love for San Jose State University,” said athletics director Marie Tuite. “They understand and support the priority of investing in football to provide Coach Brennan and his staff the tools they need to build a championship program.  In addition, John and Anne understand the value and impact their gift will have on changing the lives of the student-athletes we serve. We are so grateful for their generosity.”

The football operations center will include locker rooms, offices, a student-athlete lounge, an auditorium and premium seating options on the 50-yard line. The project will rebuild the stadium’s east side. The gift will add to improvements underway throughout South Campus, including the recently completed soccer, tennis, golf, and softball facilities.

Proud Spartans
John Hopkirk worked his way through school at SJSU while pursuing a degree in business accounting. Hopkirk’s love for Spartan athletics took off after he graduated and began his professional career as a certified public accountant. As an avid supporter of SJSU football and basketball, Hopkirk believes he may be the only fan who has seen every SJSU men’s post-season basketball game since he first enrolled at SJSU in the late 1960s.  

In 1987, John met his wife, Anne Murphy, a University of San Francisco graduate. Anne has embraced John’s passion for SJSU athletics and the couple has traveled all over the country to watch the Spartans play.

“I have been following Spartan football for over 50 years. It has brought me much joy, and we have made many great friends through our common love of Spartan football,” said Hopkirk. “I received a great education from San Jose State, and Anne and I thought we needed to give back to the university to show our appreciation. I hope our gift inspires others to do the same.

“San Jose State must have the facilities in place to attract the best and brightest student-athletes,” Hopkirk continued. “Hopefully our donation will enhance Spartan football’s chance to be a championship program andresult in many more talented student-athletes proudly earning their diplomas from San Jose State University.”

“This critical project will have a major impact on Spartan football and our entire athletics program, as well as the game-day experience for our students and all who attend our games,” stated Paul Lanning, vice president for university advancement and CEO of the Tower Foundation. “Building a modern football operations center that revitalizes CEFCU Stadium is our most urgent fundraising priorities, and we’re thrilled to see two of our greatest fans make such a generous commitment to this project.”

“I am so grateful for John and Anne’s tremendous commitment and generosity to support and build a championship football program at San Jose State,” added head football coach Brent Brennan. “Their gift provides us with a critical recruiting tool, enhances the student-athlete experience and helps SJSU compete in the Mountain West. I can’t thank John and Anne enough for their commitment to the program.”

To learn how you can support the football operations center, please visit or contact Joshua Thiel, deputy athletics director for Athletics Advancement, at (408) 924-1697 or via email at

About San Jose State University
The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, SJSU provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study–offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 35,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, SJSU continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60% of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

San Jose State podcast with Ana Kieu: Bring out the Crying Jordans for the football and men’s basketball teams

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On the San Jose State podcast with Ana: 

1. Saturday was just not a good day for San Jose State Athletics as the football team let Fresno State win the Valley Trophy for the second straight year after a 31-13 loss and the men’s basketball team lost to Santa Clara 71-63 for their fifth straight loss. 

2. The Spartans men’s basketball team hosted the Indiana State Sycamores last night inside the Event Center. What are your three takeaways from the game?

3. What are your thoughts on the Mountain West football teams in the playoffs?

Ana does the San Jose State podcasts each week for

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Cardinal aim to keep Big Game win streak going; Game resumes after postponement on Nov. 17th

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On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Jerry:

#1 The long anticipated Big Game with Stanford (7-4) Cal (7-4) has finally arrived after the originally scheduled date Nov. 17th was canceled due to the Camp Fires smoke that impacted Berkeley’s air quality. This Saturday’s Big Game kicks off at 12 noon.

#2 Sophomore tight end Colby Parkinson is second in the nation with seven touchdowns amongst tight ends.

#3 The Cardinal have clinched for it’s tenth straight bowl appearance. The last time Stanford had a 10-bowl streak dating back to 1933-35 with three straight Rose Bowls and an 11-year run in 1968-78.

#4 The Cardinal have won eight consecutive Big Games as they go for their ninth Saturday.

#5 Senior wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside tied a Stanford record that ranks third with 14 touchdown catches.

Jerry does the Cardinal podcasts every Thursday at

Seven San Jose State Spartans named to All-Mountain West football team

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By: Ana Kieu

Look, this San Jose State Spartans’ season was far from glamorous, but Spartan nation had something to rejoice about Wednesday, as 7 Spartans were named to the All-Mountain West football team in Colorado Springs, Colo.

SJSU tight end Josh Oliver and defensive back Dakari Monroe were named first-team All-Mountain West football players for this season in a vote by the conference’s 12 head coaches.

In addition, defensive lineman Bryson Bridges was a second-team pick. Linebacker Ethan Aguayo, return specialist Thai Cottrell, punter Bryce Crawford and defensive lineman Boogie Roberts were honorable mention selections.

The 7 Spartans named to the All-Mountain West teams were 3 more than the 4 players honored in 2017.

Oliver, a senior from Paso Robles, Calif., was one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the FBS. He was the first tight end to catch 50 passes this season and finished with personal bests of 56 receptions, a team-best, for 709 yards and four touchdowns. Oliver’s 709 yards and 4 receiving touchdowns were second best on the team.

3 times, Oliver was recognized nationally through the John Mackey Tight End of the Week awards program. He was an honorable mention choice after the UC Davis (Aug. 30) and UNLV (Oct. 27) games and the National Tight End of the Week for matching his career-best of 8 catches for a personal high of 158 yards and a touchdown, Monroe, a senior from San Jose, Calif., was the team leader in interceptions for the second consecutive year with 4. He returned 1 of his 2 interceptions in the UNLV win for a 50-yard return for a touchdown. Throughout the season, Monroe was ranked nationally in the top 20 and often in the top 10 either for interceptions or passes defended. At the end of the regular season, he was tied for sixth nationally with his 19 passes defended in 12 games.

The versatile Monroe also was one of the team’s most effective special teams players. He had a knack of downing team punts inside the 10-yard line. In the last two games versus Nevada and against Fresno State, he downed a punt at the 1-yard line in each game.

Bridges, a senior from Temecula, Calif., was credited with more tackles than any Mountain West defensive lineman. His 69 tackles were sixth best on the team and a personal best in his four seasons in a San Jose State uniform. Bridges was credited with a single-game high of 15 stops in the Oct. 13 Army West Point game at Levi’s Stadium.

Oliver, Monroe and Bridges were three of the team’s four captains. Roberts, the fourth co-captain, was in the group of honorable mention award winners. The senior from Los Angeles, was second on the team with 8.5 tackles for loss and had 48 total tackles. He led the team with two forced fumbles and shared the team lead with four quarterback hurries.

Roberts was 1 of 4 Spartans to force a fumble and recover a fumble in the same game from his nose tackle position. At Hawaii, Roberts picked up a Rainbow Warriors’ fumble and returned it 9 yards. The following week versus Colorado State, he was credited with SJSU’s first safety in 5 years when he tackled Rams’ quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels in the end zone.

Since joining the Mountain West in 2013, the 2018 season marks the first time 2 SJSU defensive linemen were recognized as all-conference players in the same season. Overall, Bridges and Roberts are the second and third Spartan defensive linemen to be named an All-Conference Player in the program’s 6 seasons in the conference.

Aguayo, a junior from Mission Viejo, Calif., led the Spartans in total tackles with 106. He recorded his single-game personal best of 20 tackles in the Nov. 17 game versus Nevada. 5 more times during the season, he was credited with 10 or more stops.

Cottrell, a senior from Oceanside, Calif., presently ranks 19th in kickoff returns with his 25.8 yards per return average. He returned kickoffs for 96 yards at Oregon and 72 versus Hawaii early in the season.

Cottrell also was the Spartans’ primary punt returner. He returned 11 punts for a 9.4 yards per return average. Cottrell was ranked 12th nationally for combined return yardage at 670 yards.

Crawford, a senior from Frisco, Texas, handled all the kicking chores through the first 5 games of the season. He took over the punting duties when 2018 spring practice began and kept the job throughout the season. His 44.3 yards per punt average ranks 16th nationally for individual punting.

Based on available information, Crawford’s believed to be the first SJSU kicker to be named All-Conference in kicking and punting. Crawford was an Honorable Mention All-Mountain West pick as a placekicker in 2017.