Spartans Head To Nevada For Key Mountain West Game

Besides lifting the leg of BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum, defensive tackle Tony Popovich plans to give the Spartans a life against Nevada.
Nov. 8, 2015

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Game #10

San José State vs. Nevada

Saturday, November 8, 2015,

Mackay Stadium, Reno, Nev.,

1:00 p.m. (PT)

Campus Insiders/Mountain West Network

San José State record: 4-5, 3-2 Mountain West. The Spartans bid for their first two-game win streak of the season was thwarted by BYU, 17-16, on November 6.

Nevada record: 5-4, 3-2 Mountain West. The Wolf Pack are winners in three of their last four games after a 30-16 victory at Fresno State on November 5.

The Last Meeting
Nevada21
San Jose State10
September 27, 2014
Spartan Stadium
Defense Strong Again But Nevada Prevails, 21-10
The Spartans fall, 21-10, to Nevada despite advantages out-gaining the Wolf Pack, 446 to 256.

Series history: The Wolf Pack lead the three-century long series, 18-8-2. Nevada has a win in each of the last six meetings and 11 of the last 12 contests between these teams dating back to 2002. The Wolf Pack won last year's game, 21-10, in Spartan Stadium. San Jose State's last win in the series was a 27-24 decision in Spartan Stadium to conclude the 2007 season for both teams. The last time the Spartans won in Reno was a 49-30 triumph on October 21, 2000. The first football game between these teams was in 1899. Nevada earned a 6-0 win.

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 provides commentary. Air time for the KLIV broadcast is 12:30 p.m. (PT).

Broadcast: Campus Insiders and the Mountain West Network will stream the San José State-Nevada game. Ari Wolfe calls the play-by-play. Darius Walker serves as the game analyst. The Campus Insiders/Mountain West Network broadcast begins at 1:00 p.m. (PT).

.500 is the goal again: For the fourth time this season, San Jose State can reach the .500 with a victory. The Spartans defeated Fresno State, UNLV in overtime and New Mexico to be at .500 earlier in the season.

Seeking a Silver State sweep: With its October 10 overtime win at UNLV, San Jose State can claim its first sweep of UNLV and Nevada in a season. Since joining the Mountain West in 2013, the Spartans have a win over UNLV in 2013 and 2014 and a loss to Nevada in each of those two seasons. Prior to joining the Mountain West, the Spartans played both Nevada and UNLV in a season from 1992 through 1995 when each of the three schools were Big West Conference members.

Aiming for back-to-back road wins: San Jose State has the opportunity to record back-to-back road victories for the first time since the 2013 season with a win at Nevada. The Spartans' last road game was a 33-27 overtime win at UNLV on October 10. In 2013, San Jose State won consecutive road games at Colorado State and UNLV.

Team passing completion percentage:  San José State enters the Nevada game with a team passing completion percentage of 68.0 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. San José State quarterback Kenny Potter ranks 12th nationally and first in the Mountain West with a 68.4 percent pass completion rate.

National leader in fewest penalty yards: In games played through November 7, San Jose State is the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) leader for fewest penalty yards per game. The Spartans are averaging 30.0 yards in assessed penalties per game. San Jose State leads the Mountain West and is tied for fouth nationally in fewest penalties per game at 3.89 infractions per contest. Georgia Tech (3.56), Navy (3.63), and Ball State (3.80) are ahead the Spartans who are tied with Mississippi State.

Pick two turns into "pick sixes": For the first time since the 2008 season when San Jose State returned four interceptions for touchdowns, the 2015 Spartans now have two interception returns for scores. Cornerback Cleveland Wallace, III, scored on a 61-yard interception return in the November 6 game vs. BYU. Cornerback Jimmy Pruitt was the first Spartan this season to return an interception for a touchdown with his 28-yard return in the Fresno State victory on September 26.

Pass defense keeps high ranking: The Spartans enter the week of November 9, the national leader in fewest passing yards allowed per game (141.1) and 17th in passing efficiency defense (103.5 rating).

College football's busiest player: Tyler Ervin heads into the Nevada game with more opportunities (277) to handle the football either by rushing, receiving, punt return, kickoff return or interception return than any Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) player this season. Twice this season, he had the football more than 40 times. When the 177-pound senior ran for a school record 300 yards against Fresno State (9/26), he accumulated 345 yards of all-purpose running on 42 rushes and four pass receptions. In the New Mexico victory, he handled the ball 41 times (36 rushes, two pass receptions, three kickoff returns).