Spartans Host Utah State To Begin Mountain West Action

Sept. 17, 2017

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Upcoming game: San José State vs. Utah State

Saturday, September 23, 2017

CEFCU Stadium

San José, Calif., 4:30 p.m. (PT)


For tickets: Visit, or call (408) 924-SJTX. Ticket prices start at $15.00 per ticket. San Jose State students are admitted free with a valid student ID.

San José State record: 1-3, 0-0 Mountain West. The Spartans lost at RV/#24-Utah, 54-16, on September 16.

Utah State record: 1-2, 0-0 Mountain West. The Aggies lost at Wake Forest, 46-10, on September 16.

Play-by-Play Radio Coverage: KLIV (1590 AM, San José) originates San José State football broadcasts. Justin Allegri calls the play-by-play. Kevin Richardson provides commentary. The Utah State broadcast begins at 4:00 p.m. (PT) with a pregame show.

San José State has two network affiliates.

KION (1460 AM/101.1 FM, Salinas)

ESPN Desportes (910 AM, San Francisco)

Television: Facebook will provide play-by-play coverage of the San Jose State-Utah State game. Dan Hellie will call the play-by-play. Daniel Jeremiah will provide commentary. The telecast/live stream begins at 4:30 p.m. (PT).

Series history: San Jose State leads the series, 20-16-1. The Aggies have wins in the last six meetings including a 41-7 decision in Logan during the 2014 season. The Spartans' last victory in the series was a 30-7 triumph in San Jose during the 2008 season. These teams have faced each other as conference members of the Mountain West, Western Athletic Conference, Big West and the Pacific Coast Athletic Association.

Mountain West openers: Since joining the Mountain West in 2013, San Jose State is 0-4 in conference-opening games. The upcoming Utah State marks the second time in five seasons the two teams are facing each other in a Mountain West opener in CEFCU Stadium. In 2013, Utah State was a 40-12 winner over San Jose State.

Utah State as a conference opener: For the fifth time, Utah State is a conference-opening opponent for San Jose State. Besides the 2013 Mountain West opener, the Spartans defeated the Aggies in 2006 and 2007 to open Western Athletic Conference action with a 1-0 record. In 1979, San Jose State and Utah State opened the season as Pacific Coast Athletic Association members and played to a 48-48 tie which was the highest scoring tie game in NCAA history for 12 years until BYU and San Diego State played to a 52-52 tie in 1991.

Utah State-San Jose State connections: New San Jose State University linebackers coach Bojay Filimoeatu played his college football at Utah State during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Former San Jose State head coaches Dave Baldwin (1997-2000), John Ralston (1993-96) and Terry Shea (1990-91) coached at Utah State. Former Spartan defensive coordinator Kent Baer and offensive line coach Bill Laveroni also coached at both schools.

San Jose State participating in Extra Yards For Teachers Program: San Jose State is one of the many Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools participating in the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation's Extra Yard for Teachers Week honoring the contributions teachers make in the lives of children of all ages. The San Jose State football team will wear an Extra Yard For Teachers helmet decal provided by the CFP for the Utah State game.

First to 50: Linebacker Frank Ginda is the first Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) player this season to be credited with at least 50 tackles. Ginda has 57 tackles in four games after a game-high 15 at Utah on September 16. He heads into the Utah State game the national leader in total tackles per game at 14.25.

50-yard field goals at San Jose State: Junior Bryce Crawford became the tenth San Jose State kicker to convert a field goal of 50 or more yards when he kicked a 51-yard field goal at Utah on September 16.

• The 51-yard field goal is Crawford's career long and matches the fifth longest field goal by a Spartan.
• The 51-yard field goal is the 13th time any San Jose State kicker made a field of 50 or more yards. Crawford's 51-yard field goal was the first field goal of 50 or more yards since Austin Lopez kicked a 50-yard field goal at Wyoming in the 2014 season.
• Crawford's 51-yard field goal matches the ninth longest field goal by a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) kicker this season.

Gaither in the top-10: Sophomore Bailey Gaither is one of 15 players tied for fifth nationally with four receiving touchdowns. Gaither has at least one TD catch in every game this season except in the 56-0 loss at Texas. He had two in the opener vs. #19-USF and one each against Cal Poly and at Utah.

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