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San Jose State at Fresno State
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 24, 2018
Where: Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, California

Having already secured a spot in the Mountain West championship game, No. 23 Fresno State aims for its 10th victory on Saturday against visiting San Jose State. The Bulldogs clinched the league’s West Division title for the second straight year with last Saturday’s 23-14 win over San Diego State and will visit either Utah State or Boise State for the championship game on Dec. 1.

KeeSean Johnson had 10 receptions for 141 yards and Ronnie Rivers rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown against San Diego State, which was held to 57 yards of offense and no points in the second half. The Bulldogs bounced back from a 24-17 loss at Boise State by taking control after the half against the Aztecs and extending their streak of holding opponents under 30 points to 22 games. Linebacker Jeff Allison has a team-high 105 tackles while Tank Kelly and Mike Bell have three interceptions apiece to lead the stellar Fresno State defense, which is allowing 13.5 points per game. The Bulldogs should have little trouble with struggling San Jose State, which has gone 3-21 over the past two seasons and ranks near the bottom in most every Mountain West statistical category.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU. LINE: Fresno State -31

ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE (1-10, 1-6 Mountain West): The Spartans have lost three in a row following a win over UNLV but had a few bright spots in last Saturday’s 21-12 loss to Nevada – including the play of linebacker Ethan Aguayo, who finished with a career-high 20 tackles and an interception. Michael Carrillo, the third quarterback to start for the Spartans this season, passed for 168 yards and two touchdowns against the Wolf Pack. San Jose State is rushing for just 61.6 yards per game and will need an improved effort to control the clock against the explosive Bulldogs.

ABOUT FRESNO STATE (9-2, 6-1): Senior quarterback Marcus McMaryion has completed 70.6 percent of his passes with 22 touchdowns against three interceptions for the Bulldogs, who have only allowed 11 sacks this season. The team’s deep receiving corps include tight end Jared Rice (43 receptions) and Johnson (80 catches for 1,094 yards and seven scores), who has caught at least one pass in 47 straight games. Kicker Asa Fuller has missed seven of his 17 field-goal attempts, but punter Blake Cusick has placed 55.1 percent of his kicks inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.


1. Fresno State has won 18 of the past 23 meetings against San Jose State and holds a 41-37-3 lead in the all-time series.

2. San Jose State TE Josh Oliver has a team-high 54 receptions for 667 yards and four touchdowns.

3. Fresno State has outscored its opponents 133-21 in the third quarter.

PREDICTION: Fresno State 49, San Jose State 13
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
San Jose State 1-10 L3 22.0 37.1 1-5 0-5 0-2 0-1 1-6
Fresno State 9-2 W1 36.7 13.5 5-0 4-2 2-0 0-0 6-1
Last Meeting
San Jose State Fresno State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/7/17 FRES 27 SJSU 10 205 108 97 348 212 136
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
San Jose State J. Love 60.0 97 1 1
Fresno State M. McMaryion 57.7 136 0 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
San Jose State T. Nevens 21 99 4.7 0
Fresno State R. Rivers 19 105 5.5 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
San Jose State J. Blackwell 5 41 8.2 0
Fresno State K. Johnson 2 52 26.0 0
Touchdowns Player TD
San Jose State J. Oliver 1
Fresno State R. Rivers 2
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
San Jose State J. Love 56.1 1963 14 9
Fresno State M. McMaryion 70.6 2966 22 3
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
San Jose State T. Nevens 127 504 4.0 4
Fresno State J. Mims 105 381 3.6 5
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
San Jose State J. Oliver 54 667 12.4 4
Fresno State K. Johnson 80 1094 13.7 7
Touchdowns Player TD
San Jose State T. Nevens 4
Fresno State R. Rivers 9
Quickchart Matchup
San Jose State San Jose State Off vs  Fresno State Fresno State Def
San Jose State 318.4 yards
Fresno State 317.5 yards
San Jose State 2 yards/rush
Fresno State 3.6 yards/rush
San Jose State 7 yards/attempt
Fresno State 6.1 yards/attempt
Fresno State Fresno State Off vs  San Jose State San Jose State Def
Fresno State 424.5 yards
San Jose State 493.5 yards
Fresno State 4.1 yards/rush
San Jose State 4.7 yards/rush
Fresno State 8.8 yards/attempt
San Jose State 7.9 yards/attempt