Spartans Hosting Colorado State In Key Mountain West Matchup

Tight ends Andrew Vollert (80) and Billy Freeman combined to catch eight passes in the Navy game.
Oct. 27, 2014

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Upcoming game: San José State vs. Colorado State Saturday, November 1, 2014 Spartan Stadium, San José, Calif. 4:00 p.m. (PT), CBS Sports Network

San José State record: 3-4, 2-1 Mountain West. The Spartans' two-game winning streak ended with a 41-31 loss at Navy on October 25.

Colorado State record: 7-1, 3-1 Mountain West. The Rams extended their winning streak to six in a row after hosting a 45-31 win over Wyoming in the 105th Border War. Colorado State's six-game winning streak is the longest among conference teams heading into games on November 1.

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 Colorado State broadcast begins at 3:30 p.m. (PT).

Television: The San José State-Navy game will be televised live by the CBS Sports Network. John Sadak calls the play-by-play. Randy Cross is the analyst. Melanie Collins reports from the sidelines. The telecast begins at 4:00 p.m. (PT).

San José State-Colorado State series: The Spartans lead the series, 4-3. San José State has wins in the last three meetings between these teams including a 34-27 triumph at Colorado State last year. The Rams' last win in the series was a 55-20 victory on October 11, 1996 in Spartan Stadium - the only time in three visits to San Jose Colorado State left with the victory.

Frontrunners in the Mountain West: San José State and Colorado State are among the top two teams in their respective divisions within the Mountain West. The Spartans enter the weekend's play in second place with a 2-1 record and 0.5 games behind San Diego State in the West Division. San José State presently is in control of its destiny for a West Division championship and a berth in the Mountain West Championship game on Saturday, December 6. Colorado State is tied with Boise State for first in the Mountain Division with a 3-1 mark. The Rams lost at Boise State, 37-24, on September 6.

Former Spartans returning to Spartan Stadium: Three Colorado State assistant coaches once were members of the San José State coaching staff. Colorado State offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin is the most notable. Baldwin was a Spartan assistant coach for four seasons (1980-83) and the San José State head coach for four seasons (1997-2000). Baldwin was the only Spartan head coach to direct the program to a winning season from 1993 through 2005 when San José State posted a 7-5 win-loss record in 2000. As a head coach, he had an 18-27 win-loss record. Colorado State co-defensive coordinator Al Simmons was a graduate assistant in charge of the cornerbacks during the 2005 season. Special teams coordinator Jeff Hammerschmidt had a similar role with the Spartans in 2007. Both Simmons and Hammerschmidt were hired by Dick Tomey.

Defensive highlights: San José State heads into the Colorado State game ranked 22nd nationally in total defense yielding 336.7 yards per game. In their first three Mountain West games, the Spartans limited Nevada (256), UNLV (221) and Wyoming (277) to their season low total offense figures. 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.

Gray moves into top-five: Joe Gray is one of five Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterbacks to complete at least 70 percent of his passes in games played through October 25.

Game Sponsor:  The San Jose Water Company is the game sponsor for the Colorado State contest.

Game Promotions:  The first 10,000 fans also will receive a Sports Chalet mystery card for discounts at the sporting goods chain.

Game Presentation:  Forty-three San Jose State student-athletes from 2013-14 will be recognized as recipients of a Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award for maintaining a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.50 and being an active member of an intercollegiate team. Wide receiver Tim Crawley is the first Spartan football player to earn the academic award.