SAN JOSE, Calif. - San José State football (6-5, 5-2 Mountain West) heads to UNLV (9-2, 6-1 Mountain West) as the Spartans look for their fifth straight win and a share of the Mountain West regular season title Saturday at 12:00 p.m. on KTRB 860 AM and the Mountain West Network.
- The Spartans are looking for a chance to head to their second Mountain West Championship game and second championship game in SJSU history.
- If SJSU wins, there is a three-way tie at 6-2 between UNLV, SJSU and the winner of the AF/BSU game. The three-team round-robin comparison wouldn't break either tie, which means it would defer to the computers and take the two highest ranked teams of the three.
- It is the first time in SJSU history they have become bowl eligible after starting a season 1-5 and the five game winning streak is the longest for SJSU since 2020.
- The Spartans haven't played in a game with a noon kick since Oct. 26, 2019 at Army.
- With the Spartans becoming bowl eligible, it could be the first time the Spartans have ever gone to three bowl games in four seasons and Head Coach Brent Brennan would be the first head coach in SJSU history to lead the Spartans to three bowl games.
- Brennan has 33 career wins at SJSU which is good for sixth all-time at SJSU and his 25 wins over the last four years is the best for the Spartans since 2012-15 when they had 26 wins.
- When the Spartans beat Fresno State (11/11), it was the first Spartan win over a nationally-ranked opponent since November 29, 2013 when they defeated No. 16 Fresno State 62-52 and the win was the largest margin of victory over Fresno State since 1990 when the Spartans defeated the Bulldogs 42-7.
- Against Hawai'i (10/28) it was the first shutout win for the Spartans since Aug. 29, 2013 when they defeated Sacramento State 24-0 in their season opener. It was also the first FBS shutout and road shutout since the Spartans defeated Navy 12-0 on Sept. 29, 2012 and this was the first time Hawai'i had been shut out since 2017 and the first time they've been shut out at home since 1998.
- The Spartans have outscored their opponents 195-76 over the five game win streak including 108-25 in the second half.
- The Spartans have lost only eight turnovers this season which is good for eighth in the nation and tops in the Mountain West. Their +12 turnover margin is good for third in the country and first in the MW.
- The Spartans have two or more takeaways in each of their last four games and seven games overall this season. Their 20 takeaways rank 14th nationally and third in the Mountain West.
- The Spartans special teams have two blocked punts including one for a touchdown, have a punt return touchdown and have recovered three onside kicks this season, plus have two fumble recoveries on kickoffs this season. According to ESPN, the Spartans have the number five special teams unit in the country at 70.0 efficiency.
- The first four FBS teams the Spartans played this season are a combined 33-12 (USC 7-5, OSU 8-3, Toledo 10-1, Air Force 8-3).
- SJSU had rushed for 200 plus yards in four straight games for the first time since 2000 prior to SDSU (11/18). The Spartans have five games this season with at least 200 yards rushing for the first time since 2000 as well.
- The Spartans have run for 150 or more yards in every game during the win streak and seven times overall this season.
- The Spartans have hit at least 100 yards rushing in nine games this season which is the most since they did it 10 times in 2017.
- It is the first time since 2006 where the Spartans have beaten Fresno State and San Diego State in the same season.
- SJSU ran for 313 yards against No. 25 Fresno St. (11/11) which was the most against an FBS opponent since Oct. 24, 2015 when they rushed for 317 yards against New Mexico.
- The Spartans rushed for 259 yards at UNM (10/14) and 251 yards against Utah State (10/21) and it's the first time since 2006 the Spartans had back-to-back 250 plus rushing yard games.
- Senior Kairee Robinson ran for a career-high 200 yards against No. 25 Fresno St. (11/11) plus added two touchdowns on the way to his second Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week award this season (10/16, 11/13).
- Robinson is averaging 6.80 yards per carry this season which is tops in the MW and seventh in the country. Robinson has a career 2,478 rushing yards which is fifth all-time in SJSU history and had a streak of four straight 100 plus yard games plus has five total this season. Whitaker also had eight 100 yard games overall that season which is also an SJSU record.
- Robinson is second in the country with 16 rushing touchdowns.
- Robinson has a rushing touchdown in every game he's played in this season (10, second longest streak in country) and his 16 rushing touchdowns are an SJSU single-season record. Robinson tied the SJSU record for most games with a rushing touchdown in a season with 10 by Kenny Jackson (1987).
- Robinson also has 34 career touchdowns which is only behind Deoncé Whitaker (1998-2001) who had 36 (33 rushing, two receiving, one kick return) for the SJSU record.
- Robinson has 18 total touchdowns this season which is a season high and he is one behind Johnny Johnson, Jr. (1988) who owns the SJSU single-season record.
- Robinson has 3,185 career yards from scrimmage which is good for sixth in SJSU history. Whitaker owns the SJSU record with 3,740 yards and Robinson has 29 career rushing touchdowns which is also behind Whitaker's 33 career rushing touchdowns.
- Robinson also has rushed for a touchdown in 20 career games and is behind Whitaker who did it in 21.
- As of 11/13, Robinson was ranked No. 1 for running backs with 100 carries with a 93.1 rushing grade according to Pro Football Focus.
- Senior Chevan Cordeiro has thrown 17 touchdowns this season and is fifth on the all-time Mountain West Conference list with 85 career touchdown passes. BYU's Max Hall owns the MW record after throwing for 94 touchdowns from 2007-09.
- Cordeiro is two touchdowns from tying Fresno's Derek Carr for fourth all-time in Mountain West history.
- Cordeiro's 17 touchdown passes is good for sixth in the Mountain West.
- Cordeiro is the all-time Mountain West leader for touchdowns responsible for with 110 and the all-time MW leader for most plays.
- Cordeiro has 13,283 career yards gained which is good for second in Mountain West history and is only behind Brett Rypien who had 13,494 career yards at Boise State.
- Cordeiro has 936 career completions which is good for third in Mountain West history and is behind Ryan Lindley for second who had 961 career completions.
- Cordeiro has only thrown four interceptions this season which is good for fifth in the nation and first in the Mountain West.
- Cordeiro went 117 passing attempts without throwing an interception this season. Cordeiro made 170 passing attempts last season before throwing his first pick.
- Cordeiro has thrown for 11,727 career yards which is good for third all-time in Mountain West history and is eighth in players currently playing. He is behind Ryan Lindley for second place who threw for 12,690 yards.
- The Spartans have the 12th best pass defense in the nation and second best pass defense in the MW averaging just 177.4 yards per game.
- This season is the first time the Spartans have ever hosted two ranked teams in the same season and the first since 2018 they have played three in the same season.
- This is the first time since 2006 where the Spartans have beat Fresno State and San Diego State in the same season.
- Robinson and Quali Conley (133 yards) each had 100 plus yards rushing against UNM (10/14) and it was the first time two SJSU running backs each had 100 yards rushing in a game since Robinson and Tyler Nevens completed the feat against Hawaii on December 5, 2020.
- Junior Bryun Parham had a career-high two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble, plus added 12 tackles at BSU (10/7). Parham is eighth in the MW with 86 tackles. He is also fourth in the MW and 17th in the country in fumbles recovered (2).
- Sophomore Jay'Vion Cole has eight pass deflections this season. Cole has three interceptions this season to lead the Spartans which is good for 37th in the country and fifth in the conference.
- The Spartans had two players who played their 56th career game against Fresno State (11/11) in Jaime Navarro and Tre Jenkins which is a new SJSU games played record.
SJSU ALUMNI TAILGATE!
What better way to celebrate the weekend than with fellow Spartans, SJSU Football, and Las Vegas. The game kicks-off at noon, so join us for an early tailgate party with morning fare and drink!
Saturday, November 25, 2023
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Kick-off for the game is Noon
NEXT GAME: TBD
- Tuesday: Practice 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
- Brent Brennan Weekly Press Conference: 1:00 p.m. (SAC)
- Wednesday: Practice 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
- Thursday: Practice 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
- Friday: No media availability