Spartans Take Winning Ways To Colorado State

Simon Connette intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble in the Hawai'i win.

Oct. 7, 2013

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Upcoming game: San José State at Colorado State,
                            Saturday, October 12, 2013,
                            Hughes Stadium, Fort Collins, Colo.,
                            1:30 p.m. (MDT)/12:30 p.m. (PDT)
                            CBS Sports Network

San José State record: 2-3, 1-1 Mountain West. The Spartans won their first Mountain West game and ended a three-game losing streak with a 37-27 win at Hawaii on October 5.

Colorado State record: 2-3, 0-0 Mountain West. The Rams return to action after a bye week. Most recently, Colorado State defeated UTEP, 59-42, on September 28.

Play-by-Play Radio Coverage: KLIV (1590 AM, San José) originates San José State football broadcasts. Justin Allegri is the play-by-play voice. Kevin Richardson offers commentary. The network affiliate is KION (1460 AM/101.1 FM, Salinas). The Colorado State broadcast begins at 12:00 p.m. (PDT).

Television: The San José State-Colorado State game will be televised nationally by the CBS Sports Network. Brad Johansen calls the play-by-play. Randy Cross provides analysis. Rashan Ali works from the sidelines. Air time is 12:30 p.m. (PDT)/1:30 p.m. (MDT).

San José State-Colorado State series: The series is tied, 3-3. The Spartans are winners in the last two games between these teams including a 40-20 triumph in Spartan Stadium a year ago. San Jose State is 1-2 in games played at Colorado State following a 38-31 win in Hughes Stadium in 2011.

Consecutive road wins a goal:  San Jose State has its first opportunity this season to win back-to-back road games in an eight-day span with the Colorado State game. A Spartan win would give San Jose State its third occurrence of winning road games on successive weekends since 2012.

Youthful look in Hawai'i victory: When San Jose State's preseason camp began in early August, it was a team with 22 seniors and 11 all-conference players back from an 11-2 win-loss record, a Military Bowl win and a national ranking. Seventeen of the 22 seniors were listed in the preseason depth depth chart.

At Hawai'i, 14 players with freshman status contributed to the 37-27 win. Six (RB Tim Crawley, WR Tyler Winston, TE Billy Freeman, OLBs Eugene Taylor and Isaiah Irving and LB Christian Tago) were in the starting lineup. Freeman, running back Jarrod Lawson and Winston accounted for three of San Jose State's four touchdowns. Lawson, Crawley and Thomas Tucker combined to rush 45 times for 230 yards and a touchdown. This season, 17 freshmen played in at least one game. Besides the six that started in the Hawai'i game, tight end Andrew Vollert and linebacker Moses Saucedo were starters in the Sacramento State season opener.

Season highs in Hawai'i win: San Jose State produced season bests in points scored, total offense, rushing yardage and takeaways in its 37-27 at Hawai'i. The Spartans rushed for 216 of its 534 yards of total offense. San Jose State came up with three interceptions and recovered one Hawai'i fumble. In its previous three games combined, San Jose State had only one fumble recovery by its defense at Stanford.

Two school records at Hawai'i: Wide receiver Chandler Jones and cornerback Dasheon Frierson entered the San Jose State recordbook during the Hawaii game. Jones' 19th career touchdown reception came on a 61-yard pass play. He moved out of a tie for first place with Edell Shepherd who had 18 during the 2000 and 2001 seasons. Frierson established a new single-game mark for most pass break-ups. He came up with his first interception and broke up for four passes including a two-point conversion try in the fourth quarter to keep San Jose State's lead in double digits. The previous single-game school record was four held by several players including Bene Benwikere whom Frierson replaced in the starting lineup at Hawaii.

Offense moving the ball:  In its last three games, San José State is averaging 485.7 yards per game offensively to raise its season average to 415.0. The progression began with 486 yards at Minnesota (9/21) and followed up with 437 yards against Utah State (9/27).

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