Spartans Back In Mountain West Action At UNLV

Tight end Billy Freeman has 16 receptions in the last three games.
Oct. 4, 2015

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Game # 6

Upcoming game: San José State at UNLV Saturday, October 10, 2015, Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev., 6:00 p.m. (PT) Mountain West Network/Campus Insiders

San José State record: 2-3, 1-1 Mountain West. Most recently, the Spartans lost at Auburn, 35-21, on October 3.

UNLV record: 2-3, 1-0 Mountain West. The Rebels made it two wins in a row by opening up Mountain West action with a 23-17 victory at Nevada on October 3.

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 offered commentary. Air time for the KLIV broadcast is 5:30 p.m. (PT).

The Last Meeting
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October 4, 2014
Spartan Stadium
Balanced Offense and Defense Lead to a 33-10 Win
Spartans totaled a season-high 542 yards of total offense and its defense held UNLV to just 221 as the Spartans won their first Mountain West game of 2014.

San José State has four network affiliates.

KION (1460 AM/101.1 FM, Salinas) KFIV (1360 AM, Modesto) KWSX (1280 AM, Stockton) ESPN Desportes (860 AM, San Francisco)

Broadcast: The Mountain West Network and Campus Insiders will originate the San José State-UNLV game. Ray Crawford calls the play-by-play. Sed Bonner serves as the game analyst. The live stream begins at 6:00 p.m. (PT). Campus Insiders is available at campusinsiders.com, themw.com and sjsuspartans.com.

Series history: The Spartans lead the series, 13-5-1. San José State has wins in the last five meetings between these teams including a 33-10 triumph in Spartan Stadium a year ago. The Spartans are 6-3 in games played at Sam Boyd Stadium. UNLV's last win in the series was a 23-10 victory at home on October 29, 1994.

Another 2-1 Mountain West record possible:  In each of San José State's first two seasons as a Mountain West member, the Spartans were 2-1 after three conference games. San José State can make it 2-1 in Mountain West action for the third season in a row.

Fewest yards allowed vs. a SEC opponent:  In San José State's 35-21 loss at Auburn on October 3, San José State yielded 342 yards to the Tigers - the fewest in a game by a Southeastern Conference (SEC) opponent against the Spartans. San José State heads into the UNLV game ranked tied for 35th among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools yielding 333.0 yards per game.

Over 400 total offense yards vs. a SEC opponent:  In San José State's 35-21 loss at Auburn on October 3, the Spartans' rushed for more than 180 yards and accumulated more than 400 yards of total offense against a Southeastern Conference (SEC) opponent for the second time in six games against a SEC team.

473 rushing yards the last two games:  San José State has 473 rushing yards in its last two games after gaining 182 at Auburn on October 3 and a season-high 291 vs. Fresno State on September 26. The Spartans' 58 carries were the most by the program in a game since a 44-10 victory over Louisiana Tech on October 28, 2006 when the team had 58 rushing attempts. The last time San José State rushed for as many yards in two consecutive games was in 2013 when the Spartans gained 472 yards in wins over Wyoming and at UNLV. That San José State team rushed for 160 against Wyoming and 312 at UNLV.

Most rushing touchdowns in a season in three seasons: After five games, San José State has 13 rushing touchdowns. This year's Spartans already surpassed the team's 11 rushing touchdowns in 2014 and 12 by San José State in 2013. In 2012, San José State rushed for 17 touchdowns in 13 games. The last time a Spartan team scored 20 or more touchdowns in a season by running the ball was in 2004 with 22 rushing touchdowns.

Team passing completion percentage:  San José State enters the UNLV game with a team passing completion percentage of 69.4 percent - tops in the Mountain West. In the New Hampshire (9/3) and Fresno State (9/26) wins, the Spartans completed 85.7 percent and 86.9 percent of their passes, respectively, and did not throw an interception in either game.

Pass defense keeps high ranking: The Spartans enter the week of October 5, second nationally in fewest passing yards allowed per game (97.2) and eighth in passing efficiency defense (92.0 rating). Opponents are completing 49.0 percent of their passes against San José State - the second best mark among Mountain West teams.

Net punting #2 in the nation: After two consecutive weeks as the national leader, San José State heads into the UNLV second nationally among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools in net punting with a 46.1 yards average. Of the Spartans' 18 punts in the first five games, only five were returned for 49 yards. Sophomore Michael Carrizosa has a 52.2 yards per punt average and is first in individual punting.

Outstanding 2015 for Tyler Ervin: Tyler Ervin ranks among the most productive Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players this season. After five games he is second nationally in rushing yards (801), rushing yards per game (160.2), all-purpose running yards per game (227.6) and is tied for second nationally in rushing touchdowns (10) and touchdowns scored (11). Ervin is fifth in scoring at 13.2 points per game. He scored at least one touchdown in each of the team's first five games this season. The last San José State player to score at least one touchdown in six or more consecutive games was Sheldon Canley, who scored a touchdown in each of the last seven games in the 1990 season.