Must Win For Spartans Hosting #16-Fresno State

Thomas Tucker hopes to follow up successfully on his two-TD performance against Navy.

Nov. 25, 2013

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Upcoming game: San José State vs. #16/#13 Fresno State Friday, November 29, 2013, Spartan Stadium, San José, Calif., 12:30 p.m. (PST) CBS Sports Network

San José State record: 5-6, 4-3 Mountain West. The Spartans have a three-game losing streak after Navy defeated San José State, 58-52 in the third overtime, on November 22.

#16/#13-Fresno State record: 10-0, 7-0 Mountain West. The Bulldogs have a 10-game winning streak after scoring a season-high in a 69-28 victory over New Mexico.

San José State-Fresno State series: Fresno State leads the series, 38-34-3. The Spartans won the most recent meeting between these teams, 27-24, in Fresno to conclude the 2011 season for both teams. Prior to 2011, the Bulldogs won the previous four meetings. San José State's last win over Fresno State in Spartan Stadium was a 24-14 victory to conclude the 2006 regular season. The Spartans have played the Bulldogs more than any other opponent despite not playing each other until 1921.

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 Fresno State broadcast begins at 12:00 p.m. (PST).

KSJS (90.5 FM, San José) also will broadcast the Fresno State game. Air time with a pregame show is 12:15 p.m.

Television: The San José State-Fresno State game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network. Dave Ryan calls the play-by-play. Adam Archuleta provides commentary. Evan Washburn works from the sidelines. The live telecast begins at 12:30 p.m. (PT).

Concluding a regular season: San José State has victories in its last two regular-season games. The Spartans defeated Louisiana Tech, 52-43, in Spartan Stadium in 2012 and won at Fresno State, 27-24, in 2011.

Facing nationally-ranked opponents: Fresno State is the second top-25 San José State is facing in the 2013 regular season. San José State lost at #5/#4-Stanford, 34-13, on September 7. The Spartans are winless in their last 21 games against a top-25 opponent. San José State's last win against a nationally ranked team was against undefeated and #9-ranked TCU, 27-24, on November 4, 2000 in Spartan Stadium.

Encountering nationally-ranked Fresno State: This year's meeting with Fresno State is the sixth time the Spartans faced a nationally-ranked Bulldogs team. The most recent was in 2005 when #21-Fresno State recorded a 45-7 victory. San José State is 2-3 in these games with both victories taking place in Spartan Stadium.

Concluding a regular season with Fresno State: San José State is 2-7 when the two teams face each other in the final regular season game for both teams. The most recent was the Spartans' 24-13 win in Spartan Stadium to conclude the 2006 regular season. Overall, San Jose State is 4-12 when playing Fresno State in its last regular-season game.

Facing an undefeated Fresno State team: This year's San José State-Fresno State game marks the sixth time the Spartans are facing a Fresno State team that is undefeated with at least six victories. The most recent was in 1989 (8-0). Other seasons were 1961 (8-0), 1960 (7-0), 1940 (6-0-1) and 1930 (6-0). San José State ended Fresno State's hopes for an undefeated season in 1940 (14-7). The Bulldogs remained unbeaten after topping the Spartans in 1930, 1960, 1961 and 1989.

Bowl eligibility and bowl hopes at stake: San José State needs one more win to gain bowl eligibility for the 2013 season.
• This year's game with Fresno State marks the fifth time the Spartans must defeat the Bulldogs to keep a season going. Other occurrences were in 2008 (Fresno State, 24-10), 2002 (Fresno State, 19-16), 1991 (@Fresno State, 31-30) and 1990 (San José State, 42-7).
• The Spartans won the Big West Conference championship with their 1990 triumph.
• Fresno State captured the Big West in 1991 and prevented San José State from finishing with seven victories and a winning record in 2002 and 2008.

Common coaches: Eight coaches, three of whom who would go on to be a head coach in the National Football League, have histories with San José State and Fresno State.
Darryl Rogers was Fresno State's head coach from 1966 through 1972 and in charge of San José State's program from 1973 through 1975. Rogers compiled a 43-32-1 win-loss record with the Bulldogs and a 22-9-3 mark with the Spartans.
Mike Martz was a San José State graduate assistant in 1975 and assistant coach at Fresno State in 1979.
Dennis Erickson was San José State's offensive coordinator from 1979 through 1981 and served Fresno State in the same capacity from 1976 through 1978.
John Godden (1984-85), Leon Burtnett (1975), Willy Robinson (1979 San José State graduate assistant), J.D. Williams (1999) and Keith Williams (2002-04) also coached for both schools.

2013 Seniors: San José State has 18 seniors available to play in their final home game. Wide receiver Noel Grigsby, linebacker Rob Fiscalini, III, tight end Max Millerand former offensive lineman Jake Peterson are four more seniors on the 2013 Spartans.

#6 Damon Ogburn, Jr., S #10 David Fales, QB #10 Harrison Waid, P #19 Kyle Nunn, WR #21 Bené Benwikere, CB #29 Chris Hill, CB #31 Keith Smith, LB #32 Jason Simpson, RB #38 Arthur Gilbreath, S #44 Tony Zizzo, RB #54 Reuben Hasani, OL #61 Amar Pal, OT #74 Ryan Jones, OG #75 Nicholas Kaspar, OG #79 Jon Meyer, OT #88 Travis Lorius, TE #89 Chandler Jones, WR #97 Anthony Larceval, DT