Bulldogs-Spartans Set for 77th All-Time Meeting

    Nov. 25, 2013

    No. 16/13 Fresno State (10-0, 7-0 MW) at San Jose State (5-6, 4-3 MW)
    Date Friday, Nov. 29, 2013
    Time 12:30 p.m. PT
    Location Spartan Stadium (30,456) - San Jose, Calif.
    TV CBS Sports Network | Play-by-Play: Dave Ryan; Analyst:: Adam Archuleta; Sideline: Evan Washburn
    Radio ESPN Radio (940 AM) | Gameday Live (9:30 a.m.), Pregame Show (11:30 a.m.)
    Play-by-Play:Paul Loeffler; Analyst: Cameron Worrell; Sideline:Ralph Wood

    ESPN Deportes (1600 AM) in Spanish | Play-by-Play: Erwin Higueros; Analyst: Jesse Beltran; Sideline: Octavio Duarte

    Game Notes Fresno State Game Notes | San Jose State Game Notes | MW Notes
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    2013 Stats Fresno State | San Jose State | MW Stats
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    Monday Press Conference Interviews
    Head Coach Tim DeRuyter
    Sr. QB Derek Carr

    No. 13 Fresno State looks to complete the regular season undefeated and untied for just the third time in school history as the Bulldogs travel up north to face long-time rival San Jose State in the regular season finale on Friday at 12:30 p.m. ... the game is being televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network with the broadcast team of Dave Ryan (play-by-play), Adam Archuleta (analyst) and Evan Washburn (sideline) ... fans can listen to the game on the official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs, 940 AM ESPN radio, with `Voice of the Bulldogs' Paul Loeffler, former Bulldog and NFL safety Cameron Worrell as the analyst and sideline reporter Ralph Wood ... Fresno State is 10-0 for just the third time in school history and has already clinched the West Division of the Mountain West ... the Bulldogs will play in the first-ever MW Championship game on Dec. 7 against the yet-to-be-determined winner of the Mountain Division ... after a one-year hiatus in the series due to changes in conference affiliations, Fresno State's longest running rivalry series continues on Friday when the Spartans and Bulldogs meet on the gridiron for the 77th time ... senior quarterback and Heisman candidate Derek Carr leads the nation in TD passes, TD's responsible for and passing yards per game ... his favorite target, Davante Adams who is a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, needs one more TD catch to become the 11th player in FBS history to catch 20 or more touchdowns in a season ... Ejiro Ederaine has recorded a sack in five-straight games and he is tied for fifth nationally with 1.0 sacks per game (10 total on the year) ... Fresno State ranks second in the nation in total offense, passing offense and is fifth in scoring, but its defense has only allowed 80 first-half points all season which has given the Bulldogs an average halftime lead of 17.5 points.

    Bulldog Headlines
    • Fresno State fell one spot to No. 16 in the BCS Standings this week.

    In The Polls
    Fresno State moved up three spots in the USA Today Coaches Poll to No. 13. Then despite being only one of five unbeaten teams in the FBS, and coming off a 69-28 win over New Mexico, the Bulldogs dropped one spot in the AP Poll to No. 16. Fresno State maintains a seven-spot lead on No. 20 Northern Illinois as the highest ranked non-AQ team in the country for the coaches poll.

    BCS Standings
    Despite a 41-point win, Fresno State dropped one spot in the BCS Standings to No. 16. Northern Illinois jumped the Bulldogs as the highest ranked non-AQ team in the standings. Fresno State held a strong lead in the two human polls over the Huskies, but the computers had NIU ranked No. 7 compared to No. 17 for Fresno State, allowing the Huskies to jump up to No. 14. To gain an automatic berth in a BCS game, Fresno State - from a non-AQ conference in the Mountain West - must be in the BCS final top 12 or in the top 16 and ahead of a champion from a AQ conference. The Bulldogs must also overtake a lead on NIU in the standings to receive an automatic berth into what would be the school's first-ever BCS bowl game.

    Fresno State vs. San Jose State - The Series
    After a one year hiatus in the series as a result in the school's change in conference affiliation, Fresno State and San Jose State are set to meet for the 77th time in the series that dates back to 1921. This is the longest running series Fresno State has with any other team. The Bulldogs currently lead the series 39-34-3 and have won 16 of the last 18 meetings going back to 1991, but SJSU won the most recent game in the series at Bulldog Stadium in 2011. That was the last game between the schools as WAC foes, and Saturday's game will be the first between the rivals as members of the Mountain West. The 'Dogs are 16-17-2 all-time when playing at San Jose State.

    Scouting San Jose State
    The Spartans enter their regular season finale with a 5-6 record and needing a victory to gain bowl eligibility. San Jose State has lost three-straight, and fell last week in triple overtime at home to Navy. SJSU is scoring 29.7 points per game and gaining 471.2 yards of total offense, the majority of that coming through the air. Spartan quarterback David Fales is throwing for 331.1 yards per game and has 27 touchdown passes, but has been picked off 13 times. Defensively, the Spartans have allowed 33.5 points per game this year and 442.3 yards. Linebacker Keith Smith leads the nation in tackles with 149 or 13.5 per game. SJSU is minus-4 in the turnover department, having turned the ball over 20 times and only gaining 16 take-aways (11 interceptions, 5 fumble recoveries).

    Looking to Complete Perfect Regular Season
    Fresno State has won 10 games for the first time since 2001 and just the eighth time in school history. Now, the Bulldogs with one regular season game remaining, look to complete the regular season undefeated. Only two teams in Fresno State history have finished the regular season undefeated and untied - the 1930 squad that went 8-0 and the 1961 team that was 9-0 in the regular season and finished 10-0 after defeating Bowling Green in the Mercy Bowl. With a win over San Jose State, the Bulldogs will tie the program record for wins in a season.

    The Bulldogs are also one of five unbeaten teams in the FBS this year. Joining the 'Dogs in the unbeaten ranks is Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Northern Illinois who are all 11-0.

    Keeping the Streaks Alive
    Fresno State has several streaks going for it entering this weekend's game against New Mexico. The 'Dogs have won 15-straight regular season games, which is the third longest streak in the nation. Fresno State has also won 12-straight games in Mountain West play. This is the longest regular season winning streak for the Bulldogs since winning 16-straight over the 1988 and 1989 seasons. Fresno State has also won 12-straight home games, which is the longest streak since winning 17 consecutive games at Bulldog Stadium from 1998-01.

    'Dogs Set School & Mountain West Record for Yards Gained
    Fresno State put up 822 yards on 83 plays in last week's 69-28 win over New Mexico. That surpassed the old school record of 757 yards of offense that was done in 1991, also against UNM. The outing also broke Air Force's Mountain West record of 792 yards that the Falcons put up on Sept. 24, 2011 against Tennessee State. For Fresno State, it was its third game in school history with over 700 yards of offense and two of those games have come this season. Fresno State had 731 yards of offense at Idaho on Oct. 5. Since that game at Idaho, the Bulldogs have averaged 630.3 yards and 48.7 points in their last six games.

    Fast-Break Offense
    Fresno State's up-tempo spread offense is one of the top units in the nation. The Bulldogs rank No. 2 in the FBS in total offense (573.9 ypg), passing (399.9 ypg) and average number of plays per game (87.4). The 'Dogs are also fifth in scoring, averaging 46.8 points per game. The Bulldogs have scored at least 35 points in every game this season and under head coach Tim DeRuyter, are a perfect 18-0 when scoring over 30 points in a game. The 'Dogs are on pace to shatter the school record for highest yards gained per game, which was set in 1991 at 537.1. In all, Fresno State has gained 5,739 yards on offense this year, which is 1,283 yards shy of the record for total yardage that was set in 2001 when that squad gained 7.022 yards in 14 games.

    What Carr Can Do Friday
    • Needs 52 yards passing to become the 13th player in FBS history to pass for 4,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. He would be the first Bulldog ever to do so.
    • Needs 158 yards passing to break the MW single-season record for yards in a season that he set last year.
    • Is 12 pass attempts away from breaking the MW record for the most in a season and 32 away from breaking the Fresno State record.
    • Needs 17 more completions for 1,000 in his career, which would make him the 19th FBS quarterback to complete over 1,000 passes in a career.
    • Needs to attempt 53 more passes without throwing an interception to break the school record for most consecutive passes without a pick. Trent Dilfer over the 1992 and 1993 seasons set that record with 318. Carr's current streak is at 266, which is the longest active streak in the FBS.

    Why Derek Carr is the Best
    • He is responsible for 37 more touchdowns than he is turnovers this season, which leads all FBS players by three.
    • Has an FBS-leading 39 touchdown passes against only four interceptions in 502 pass attempts.
    • Has a current streak of 266 consecutive passes without throwing an interception, which has set a new school and Mountain West record and is the longest active streak in the FBS.
    • Is throwing for 394.8 yards per game, which leads the nation. His 3,948 total passing yardage ranks No. 2 in the FBS despite the fact that he has played in one less game than every other player ranked in the top 5.
    • Tied for the national lead in touchdowns responsible for with 41 and points responsible for with 246.
    • Has thrown a touchdown pass in 30-straight games, which is the longest active streak in the FBS.
    • Thrown for over 300 yards in 8-of-10 games this season and four or more TD passes in 6-of-10 games.
    • His six games with 400-plus passing yards this year leads all FBS quarterbacks.
    • Is one of 19 quarterbacks in FBS history to throw for over 10,000 career passing yards AND 100 TD passes.
    • For his career, he has thrown 102 touchdown passes against only 20 interceptions in 1,473 pass attempts.

    Three-Headed Monster
    Fresno State has three wide receivers ranked in the top 25 in receptions per game with Davante Adams tied for the national lead (10.0), Josh Harper at No. 11 (7.8) and Isaiah Burse ranked 21st (6.7). The Bulldog trio now has a shot to do something that has only been done four times before in FBS history, which is have three receivers from the same team eclipse 1,000 yards receiving in the same season. Adams is already there with 1,213 yards - his second-straight 1,000 yard season - Harper needs 16 more yards to hit the mark and Burse is 236 yards away with three games to play. This group is making their case to be the best receiving trio in school history. Only one time before has two Bulldogs gone for over 1,000 yards receiving in the same year and that came in 2001 with Rodney Wright (1,630) Bernard Berrian (1,364) hitting the mark.

    What A Season - Davante Adams Highlights
    • His 19 touchdown catches leads the FBS by four and is as many or more than 76 of the 123 FBS teams have this season.
    • Tied for the FBS lead in receptions per game (10.0) and is second in the nation in receiving yards per game (121.3).
    • Joined West Virginia's Stedman Bailey (2012) as the only players this century to have two games in the same season with over 200 yards receiving and four touchdown receptions.
    • Has become the fifth FBS receiver this century to have back-to-back seasons with 100 or more receptions AND over 1,000 yards receiving.
    • Has seven TD catches of over 35 yards in 2013, including all four of his TDs last weekend.
    • Caught 10 or more passes in 5-of-10 games with a high of 16 at Idaho (Oct. 5). The 16 receptions is tied for the fourth most by a FBS receiver this year.
    • His five games with 10-plus receptions leads the nation.
    • Has caught a TD pass in 9-of-10 games this season and in 17 of his last 18 games dating back to 2012. He has 33 career TDs in 23 games played.
    • In three games from Oct. 5-26, he had 36 receptions for 493 yards and nine TDs.
    • Is the FBS active CAREER leader in receiving yards per game (109.8), receptions per game (8.8) and tied for the lead in TD receptions with 33, despite the fact that his 23 career games played in is 19 less than any of the other players ranked in the top five.
    • Adams needs one more TD catch to become the 11th player in FBS history to catch 20 or more touchdown passes in a season. The last to do so was West Virginia's Stedman Bailey last season.

    Harper Sets New Career-High
    Josh Harper caught 10 passes for 161 yards and a career-high three touchdowns last week against New Mexico. It was his fifth multi-TD game this year and fourth 100-yard receiving game, including his third-straight. Over his last three games, Harper has 36 receptions for 573 yards and five touchdowns. His 12 total TD catches on the season is tied for the second most in the MW and tied for fourth nationally.

    Five In A Row
    Sophomore outside linebacker Ejiro Ederaine recorded a sack for the fifth-straight game when he had a six-yard sack in the second quarter against New Mexico. Ederaine now has 10 sacks on the season, which ranks No. 3 in the Mountain West. His 1.0 sacks per game is tied for fifth nationally. Ederaine also leads the Bulldogs with 15.0 tackles for a loss, or 1.5 per game, which is tied for 12th in the FBS.

    Cleaning It Up
    Fresno State has gone two-straight games without a turnover and has not turned the ball over in three out of its last four games. In the first five games of the season, the Bulldogs had 12 turnovers. In the last five, the 'Dogs have turned the ball over just twice. The improvement with ball security has helped Fresno State improve its turnover margin that now stands at +3, which ranks fourth in the Mountain West.

    Great Protection
    For the fourth game this season Fresno State did not give up a sack last weekend against New Mexico. The Bulldogs rank sixth nationally, having allowed just eight sacks on the year. That's a pretty amazing number seeing that Fresno State has attempted 516 passes on the season, the sixth most of any team in the country. The offensive line is led by senior left tackle Austin Wentworth, who is set to make his 40th consecutive start and 41st start overall for the Bulldogs on Friday at SJSU.

    Sturdy Pressure
    On the other side of the ball, the Bulldogs are tied for No. 5 in the nation with 3.1 sacks per game and have 31 total sacks on the year. In 2012, the Bulldogs recorded 40 sacks in 13 games, which ranked ninth nationally. 14 Bulldogs in all have had a hand on a sack this season, but Ederaine is the clear leader with 10. Donavon Lewis and Derron Smith are second on the team with three sacks. In addition to the sacks, Fresno State ranks No. 3 in the FBS with 8.5 tackles for a loss per game. Its 13 TFL against New Mexico last weekend matched its season-high.

    Burse Surpasses 5,000 All-Purpose Yards
    Isaiah Burse has moved into second place on the school's record list for all-purpose yardage gained in a career. He now needs just 248 yards to become the school's all-time leader.

    Team/Player Notebook
    Donavon Lewis recorded a career-high 2.5 tackles for a loss last weekend against New Mexico. He also had a sack in the game. Lewis, who has started 23-straight games for the 'Dogs, has 32 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks on the season.
    • True freshman Da'Mari Scott returned the first kickoffs of his career last week vs. New Mexico. He had five returns for 100 yards with a long of 31. Scott also caught one pass in the game that went for 11 yards. He has two catches on the year for 19 yards.
    • In the last three games, junior running back Josh Quezada has rushed 44 times for 310 yards and two touchdowns. He had a 33-yard touchdown run last weekend against New Mexico, which is his longest rush of the season.
    • Fresno State's 284 rushing yards vs. New Mexico was its second highest output of the season, trailing the 309 yards gained at Idaho on Oct. 5.
    • The Bulldogs outgained UNM 284-168 rushing last weekend. The Lobos entered the game ranked second nationally in rushing, averaging 323.8 yards on the ground.
    • New Mexico was only able to convert 2-of-13 third down attempts against the Bulldog defense last week. In the last three games, Fresno State has only allowed opponents to convert 11-of-45 third-down attempts, or just 24 percent. For the season, the Bulldogs rank No. 2 in the Mountain West and 22nd nationally in third down defense at 34.1 percent. San Jose State enters Friday's game converting 41 percent of its third-down tries, which ranks No. 7 in the MW and 60th nationally.
    • Fresno State is a perfect 12-0 at home under head coach Tim DeRuyter. The Bulldogs have scored 37 or more points in all 12 of those home games.

     

     

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