San José State vs. Nevada
Saturday, September 27, 2014,
Spartan Stadium, San José, Calif.,
7:34 p.m. (PT), CBS Sports Network
San José State record: 1-2, 0-0 Mountain West. Most recently, the Spartans lost at Minnesota, 24-7, on September 20.
Nevada record: 2-1, 0-0 Mountain West. In their most recent game, the Wolf Pack lost at Arizona, 35-28, on September 13.
San José State-Nevada series: The Wolf Pack leads the series that spans three centuries and two millenia, 17-8-2. Nevada has wins in the last five meetings between these teams including a 38-16 victory in Reno on November 16, 2013. San José State's last win in the series was a 27-24 triumph in Spartan Stadium on November 24, 2007.
Conference openers: San Jose State seeks to begin conference play with a victory for the first time since the 2008 season when the Spartans won at Hawai'i, 20-17. The Mountain West opener with Nevada marks the fifth time San Jose State is opening conference action with the Wolf Pack. The previous three times were the Spartans' Western Athletic Conference openers in 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2011.
Helmet debut: For the first time since the 1972 season, San Jose State will wear a non-blue helmet. The Spartans plan to roll out new gold helmets for the first time in the Nevada game as part of an "all gold look" of gold helmet, gold jersey and gold pants.
Looking for point production: In each of its last two games, San José State was limited to one touchdown in losses at #5-ranked Auburn (59-13) and Minnesota (24-7). The Spartans had a streak of 12 consecutive quarters scoring at least one touchdown (the longest active streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision at the time) until the second quarter of the Auburn game on September 6.
Among the national leaders in fewest penalties: In games played through September 20, San José State is tied for fourth nationally for fewest number of penalties with 11. The Spartans played a penalty-free game at Minnesota - the third time in recent history San Jose State was not penalized in a game.
Pass defense does its job: In the Minnesota game, San Jose State's defense allowed one completion in seven pass attempts with a Forrest Hightower interception for seven yards. The seven passing yards allowed were the fewest since the October 10, 1992 win over Cal State Fullerton, 49-3, when the Titans failed to gain any passing yardage.
Turnover margin a factor recently: San José State's turnover margin coincides with the outcome in each game this season.
Three of the four takeaways in the Auburn and Minnesota games came at the San Jose State goal line to prevent a possible opponent touchdown. The other takeaway, a fumble recovery late in the fourth quarter of the Auburn game, left San Jose State with only 41 seconds before the game's conclusion to score points.