San José State at Wyoming
Saturday, October 18, 2014
War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, Wyo.
2:00 p.m. (MT)/1:00 p.m. (PT), ESPN3
San José State record: 2-3, 1-1 Mountain West. Most recently, the Spartans ended a three-game losing streak with a 33-10 conference victory over UNLV on October 4.
Wyoming record: 3-3, 1-1 Mountain West. The Cowboys are in the midst of a two-game losing streak after a 38-28 conference loss at Hawai'i on October 11.
Aiming for a road win: San José State has its third opportunity of the season for a road win when it travels to Wyoming. The Spartans have non-conference road losses against Auburn and Minnesota. A year ago, San José State was 3-1 in conference road games winning at Hawai'i, Colorado State and UNLV.
Seeking a new routine: San José State seeks a road win following a bye week for the first time since a 1993 victory at New Mexico State. The Spartans are 0-11 in road games following a bye after losing at Minnesota, 24-7, on September 20.
Recent October success: Dating back to the 2012 season, San Jose State has a 6-1 win-loss record in its last seven October games. One of those wins was a 51-44 victory over Wyoming on October 26, 2013.
Top-20 nationally-ranked in seven defensive categories: San José State begins the week nationally-ranked in the top-20 in seven defensive categories. For the second week in a row, the Spartans are the national leaders in passing yards allowed and fewest passing touchdowns. Auburn was the first team to pass for a touchdown against the Spartans this season.
|Passing yards allowed||89.6/game||1st|
|Pass defense efficiency||87.4 rating||1st|
|Opponent passing touchdowns||1||1st|
|Opponent yds./passing attempt||4.67||2nd|
|Opponent 1st downs||85||2nd tied|
|Opponent yds./pass completion||9.14||3rd|
National leader in passing yards allowed: In games played through October 11, San José State is the national leader in passing yards allowed (89.6). The Spartans are the only Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team yielding less than 100 passing yards a game. In the last three games, San Jose State opponents combined to pass for 187 yards.
Pass defense doing its job: In the games against Minnesota (9/20) and Nevada (9/27), neither opponent gained 100 passing yards. Minnesota gained seven while Nevada passed for 64. Six schools (San José State, Stanford, Temple, Clemson, Wake Forest and New Mexico State) yielded less than 70 yards of passing twice or more times in the first seven weeks of the season. New Mexico State leads this group with three games allowing 70 or fewer passing yards in a game. San José State and Temple are two of the six teams to do it in back-to-back games.
One pass completion allowed - a 2014 FBS least: In games played through October 4, Minnesota's one pass completion in its win over San José State was the fewest by a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team this season. In the Spartans' last three games, opponents completed 41.5 percent of their passes.
Stingy defense lately: San José State heads into the Wyoming game ranked 18th nationally in total defense yielding 320.2 yards per game. In their last two outings, the Spartans limited Nevada to a season-low 256 yards of total offense and UNLV to its season low of 221 yards. UNLV gained its fewest yards in a game since a November 24, 2012 loss at Hawai'i when the Rebels gained 203 yards in a 48-10 loss. The last time San José State limited back-to-back opponents to less than 300 yards of total offense was in the 2012 wins at Idaho (288) and at New Mexico State (220). In the last three games, Spartan opponents scored 55 points (24 by Minnesota, 21 by Nevada, 10 by UNLV). The last time San José State yielded less than 55 pooints in three games was in games nine through 11 in 2012 against Idaho (13), New Mexico State (7) and BYU (14) for 34 points.
Total offense high: San José State's 542 yards of total offense in the UNLV game were a season high and the first time in 2014 the Spartans gained at least 500 yards. The previous team total offense season high was 446 yards against Nevada (9/27).
Spartans 11-3 when rushing for 150: San José State rushed for a season-high 277 yards in the October 4 UNLV win. It was the third time in 2014 the Spartans ran for at least 150 yards. In the opener, San José State gained 150 yards rushing in the North Dakota win. Since 2011, the Spartans are 11-3 in games in which they rushed for 150 or more yards.