Football goes for five in a row at Nevada

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Next game:
San Jose State vs. Nevada, Saturday, October 21, 2006, Mackay Stadium, 4:00 p.m. (PDT)

San Jose State record: 4-1, 1-0 WAC. The Spartans have their first four-game winning streak since 1991 after defeating Cal Poly (17-7), Stanford (35-34), San Diego State (31-10) and Utah State (21-14).

Nevada record: 3-3, 0-2 WAC. The Wolf Pack returns to action after a week off. Nevada lost at Hawaii (41-34) on October 7.

San Jose State head coach Dick Tomey: In his second season with the Spartans. Has a 7-9 win-loss record at San Jose State. Overall, Tomey is in his 26th season as a major college head coach and has a record of 165-119-7. Along with Paul “Bear” Bryant (Kentucky and Alabama) and George Welsh (Virginia and Navy), he is one of three men who is the winningest football head coach at multiple schools. He still ranks in top-10 for coaching victories both in WAC and the Pacific-10 Conferences. Tomey is 0-1 as a head coach against Nevada.

Nevada head coach Chris Ault: In his 22nd season with the Wolf Pack. Has a major college coaching record of 180-76-1, all with the Wolf Pack. He is 4-1 as a head coach against San Jose State.

Radio Coverage: KLIV (1590 AM, San Jose) originates San Jose State University football broadcasts. Mike Chisholm calls the play-by-play. Neil Parry offers commentary. Air time for the Nevada game is 3:30 p.m. (PDT). The broadcasts also are available on a subscription basis on and Yahoo!Broadcast.

Television Coverage: ESPN on ABC-TV will televise the San Jose State-Nevada game to a West Coast regional audience covering 18 percent of the country. Dan Fouts calls the play-by-play. Tim Brant provides commentary. Jack Arute is the sideline reporter. The ESPN on ABC-TV coverage begins at 4:00 p.m. (PDT). The game also will be available nationally on ESPN Game Plan with the same announce team and cablecast time.

Spartans on ABC-TV:
San Jose State has a record of 4-5 in regionally televised ABC-TV broadcasts. The last time a Spartan team won when ABC-TV was present was the 1981 game at Fresno State. A complete list of ABC-TV games is below.

1975 - Stanford 36, San Jose State 34
1975 - San Jose State 31, San Diego State 7
1977 - San Diego State 34, San Jose State 31
1979 - Cal 13, San Jose State 10
1980 - San Jose State 31, Washington State 26
1981 - San Jose State 27, Cal 24
1981 - San Jose State 65, Fresno State 33

1996 - San Diego State 49, San Jose State 20
2005 - Nevada 30, San Jose State 23

San Jose State-Nevada series: Nevada leads the series,
11-7-2. The Wolf Pack has won the last four meetings between these teams including a 30-23 decision last year in San Jose in an ABC-TV regionally-televised game. The Spartans’ last win in the series was a 64-45 outcome in 2001 when current San Jose State quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo set a then-NCAA Division I-A record for passing efficiency with a 298.02 rating completing 21-of-26 passes for 476 yards and five touchdowns. The last time a San Jose State team won in Reno was in 2000, 49-30.

Looking for a road victory: San Jose State seeks its first road victory in 15 games dating back to the 2003 season. The last time the Spartans won a road game was in a 69-41 triumph over UTEP in El Paso on November 8, 2003.

Going for five consecutive wins: San Jose State is in position for its first five-game winning streak and its first 5-1 record since the 1987 season when it faces Nevada. In 1987, the Spartans closed out the regular season with an eight-game winning streak before losing to Eastern Michigan in the California Bowl.

Comebacks a part of success:
During San Jose State’s four-game winning streak, the Spartans have comeback twice from significant deficits for the victory.
Against Stanford, San Jose State trailed by 20 points twice in the second quarter before winning, 35-34. Against Utah State, the Spartans were behind by 14 points in the second quarter before pulling out a 21-14 decision. In both comeback wins, San Jose State held its opponent scoreless in the second half.

Five-game points allowed: For the first time since 1990, San Jose State has allowed 100 points or fewer points after five games. The 2006 Spartans have yielded 100 points. The 1990 team had 80 points scored against it after five games.
In the 15 seasons between 1990 and 2006, San Jose State allowed an average of 140 points in its first four games alone. In each of those 15 seasons, an opponent scored at least 40 points in one of those games. The current Spartan team gave up a season-high 35 points in the 35-29 loss at Washington.

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