Spartans Hungry For The Upset

For the first time in four weeks, Boise State will play a home game. The Broncos entertain San Jose State this Saturday at 1 p.m. in Bronco Stadium trying to continue the momentum established in Hawai'i. In this article, we look at the visiting Spartans.

After their second bye week in October, the San Jose State Spartans are preparing for their first away game outside the state of California as they travel to Boise to face the undefeated Broncos. 

 

The Broncos are 9-0 all time against the Spartans, with last year's meeting ending in a 33-16 Bronco victory in San Jose .  The Spartans look to end that losing streak on Halloween day in Boise , Idaho as well as put the Bronco's Bowl Championship Series dreams to rest.     

 

San Jose State currently owns the eighth-place slot in the Western Athletic Conference standings with a 0-2 conference record (1-5 overall).  Fifth-year head Coach Dick Tomey, who is 24-30 overall with the team, is looking for his first-ever win against #7 Boise State .  Tomey guided San Jose State to their best season since joining the WAC back in 2006, finishing the season 9-4 with a win in the New Mexico Bowl, ending the team's 16-year bowl drought.  Not to mention, the veteran coach is in the Top 10 for coaching victories in both the WAC and Pac-10, as well as fourth overall in victories by active coaches with 182 total wins.  

 

During his 32-year coaching career, Tomey has served as head coach at Hawaii and Arizona , as well as a defensive assistant coach for the San Francisco 49'ers and assistant head coach with the University of Texas .  He was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year during his first season at Arizona and led the Longhorn defense to their first-ever Rose Bowl victory.  

 

This matchup will be San Jose State 's third Top 25 opponent of the year after losing to both Utah and USC earlier in the season.  As of October 24th, the Spartans are the only Football Bowl Subdivision team to score on every single possession when in the red-zone (13-for-13).  On defense, they are the only team with two players ranked in the top 28 nationally for forcing fumbles.  Tanner Burns and Devin Newsome both have four in six games.  The team has recovered at least one fumble in every game this year, and has a streak of seven dating back to last season.  

 

San Jose State 2009 Season Results (before Boise State ):

September 5

at No. 4 USC 

L 56-3

0-1 (0-0)

September 12

No. 17 Utah 

L 24-14

0-2 (0-0)

September 19

at Stanford 

L 42-17

0-3 (0-0)

September 26

Cal Poly 

W 19-9

1-3 (0-0)

October 10

Idaho 

L 29-25

1-4 (0-1)

October 17

at Fresno State 

L 41-21

1-5 (0-2)

 

San Jose State 2009 Remaining Games (after Boise State ):

 

November 8

Nevada 

8:30 PM  ET  

November 14

at Utah State 

3:00 PM  ET  

November 21

Hawaii 

8:00 PM  ET  

November 28

New Mexico State 

8:00 PM  ET  

December 5

at Louisiana Tech 

2:00 PM  ET  

 

 

Spartan Players to Watch:

  • Lamon Muldrow, Jr. RB, leads the team in rushing yards (308), rushing attempts (56), rushing touchdowns (2), and no fumbles. 
  • Ronnie Castillo, Sr. C, has 27 consecutive starts and resides on the Rimington Trophy Watch List. 
  • Carl Ihenacho, Sr. DR , is one of the WAC's top pass rushers and currently has 37 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 QB hurries, and 3 fumble recoveries.  He is also on the Lombardi Award Watch List.  

 

 

Coach Dick Tomey on Boise State :

  • See Coach Tomey talk about the upcoming game, prior match-ups, Boise 's BCS fate, and overcoming struggles at his weekly press conference in the video link below...

 

http://www.sjsuspartans.com/newMediaPlayer/console.htm?type=vod&id=656169&oemid=5600

 

 

 

San Jose State 2009 Combined Team Stats (as of Oct. 24):

 

RECORD:                OVERALL      HOME        AWAY       NEUTRAL

ALL GAMES...........   ( 1-5-0 )     ( 1-2-0 )     (0-3-0)     (0-0-0)

CONFERENCE..........   (0-2-0)     (0-1-0)     (0-1-0)     (0-0-0)

NON-CONFERENCE   ( 1-3-0 )     ( 1-1-0 )     (0-2-0)     (0-0-0)

 

 DATE            OPPONENT                 W/L    SCORE  ATTEND

 ------------    ------------------------ ---    -----  ------

  Sep 05, 2009 at #4 USC                     L          3-56   84325

  Sep 12, 2009     #17 UTAH                   L      14-24   23684

  Sep 19, 2009 at Stanford                   L         17-42   33560

  Sep 26, 2009     CAL POLY                 W      19-9         13510

* Oct 10, 2009     IDAHO                       L      25-29   15321

* Oct 17, 2009 at Fresno State               L       21-41   35495

 

TEAM STATISTICS                   SJSU          OPP

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FIRST DOWNS..............               98          122

  Rushing................                   29           67

  Passing................                    55           50

  Penalty................                    14            5

RUSHING YARDAGE..........          466         1559

  Rushing Attempts.......               164          253

  Average Per Rush.......                 2.8          6.2

  Average Per Game.......               77.7        259.8

  TDs Rushing............                    5           16

PASSING YARDAGE..........         1253         1183

  Comp-Att-Int...........             128-213-6     83-140-5

  Average Per Pass.......               5.9          8.4

  Average Per Catch......              9.8         14.3

  Average Per Game.......            208.8        197.2

  TDs Passing............                 8              7

TOTAL OFFENSE............          1719         2742

  Average Per Play.......                4.6          7.0

  Average Per Game.......             286.5        457.0

KICK RETURNS: #-Yards....        31-585       18-453

PUNT RETURNS: #-Yards....        10-20       14-187

INT RETURNS: #-Yards.....          5-111         6-75

FUMBLES-LOST.............             7-4        12-10

PENALTIES-Yards..........           39-284       53-443

PUNTS-AVG................             43-41.8      22-41.8

TIME OF POSSESSION/Game..    28:04        31:56

3RD-DOWN Conversions.....        22/82        30/72

4TH-DOWN Conversions.....          4/7          6/8

 

RUSHING           GP  Att Gain Loss  Net   Avg  TD Long Avg/G

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Muldrow, Lamon    6   56  325   17  308   5.5   2   71  51.3

Perry, Patrick          6   35  110    9  101   2.9   0   25  16.8

Island, Cameron    5     6   40    0   40   6.7   0   16   8.0

Rutley, Brandon     4   10   34    7   27   2.7   2    9   6.8

Zavala, Philip        6    1   21    0   21  21.0   0   21   3.5

Avery, Marquis      6    2    7    0    7   3.5   0    5   1.2

Harrison , Josh       6    2   10    5    5   2.5   0   10   0.8

Avila , Michael      5    2    3    0    3   1.5   0    3   0.6

Reese, Chris          3    3    1    1    0   0.0   0    1   0.0

Knight, Phillip       6    1    0    0    0   0.0   0    0   0.0

TEAM                   3    1    0    3   -3  -3.0   0    0  -1.0

La Secla , Jordan    6   33  100  107   -7  -0.2   1   23  -1.2

Reed, Kyle            4    9   18   32  -14  -1.6   0    7  -3.5

Jurovich, Kevin     6    3    0   22  -22  -7.3   0    0  -3.7

Total..........          6  164  669  203  466   2.8   5   71  77.7

Opponents......      6  253 1661   102 1559   6.2  16   63 259.8

 

PASSING           GP   Effic Cmp-Att-Int   Pct  Yds  TD Lng Avg/G

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La Secla , Jordan   6  120.51  109-175-5   62.3 1057   7  42 176.2

Reed, Kyle           4   98.79   17-34-1    50.0  182   1  59  45.5

Eden, Myles         1   62.60    1-2-0     50.0    3   0   3   3.0

TEAM                  3    0.00    0-1-0      0.0    0   0   0   0.0

Zavala, Philip        6  192.40    1-1-0     100.0   11   0  11   1.8

Jurovich, Kevin    6    0.00    0-0-0      0.0    0   0   0   0.0

Total..........           6  116.27  128-213-6   60.1 1253   8  59 208.8

Opponents......       6  139.62  83-140-5    59.3 1183   7  51 197.2

 

RECEIVING            GP  No.  Yds   Avg  TD Long Avg/G

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Jurovich, Kevin           6   37  476  12.9   0   38  79.3

Avery, Marquis           6   26  247   9.5   3   42  41.2

Beauchman, Jalal        6   14  105   7.5   3   20  17.5

Muldrow, Lamon        6   14   85   6.1   0   17  14.2

Harrison , Josh           6   13  153  11.8   2   59  25.5

Rutley, Brandon         4    9   75   8.3   0   19  18.8

Otten, Ryan                6    8   66   8.2   0   14  11.0

Avila , Michael          5    4   20   5.0   0   11   4.0

Island, Cameron         5    1   11  11.0   0   11   2.2

Burns, Tanner           6    1   11  11.0   0   11   1.8

Reese, Chris              3    1    4   4.0   0    4   1.3

Total..........             6  128 1253   9.8   8   59 208.8

Opponents......          6   83 1183  14.3   7   51 197.2

 

FIELD GOALS  FGM-FGA  Pct 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Lg Blk

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Cope, Tyler        3-5   60.0  0-0   1-1   1-1   1-3   0-0  41   0

 

                          |------- PATs -------|

SCORING           TD  FGs   Kick   Rush Rcv Pass  DXP Saf Points

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Beauchman, Jalal   3  0-0    0-0    0-0   1  0-0   0   0    20

Cope, Tyler            0  3-5   10-12   0-0   0  0-0   0   0    19

Avery, Marquis       3  0-0    0-0    0-0   0  0-0   0   0    18

Muldrow, Lamon     2  0-0    0-0    0-0   0  0-0   0   0    12

Harrison , Josh        2  0-0    0-0    0-0   0  0-0   0   0    12

Rutley, Brandon      2  0-0    0-0    0-0   0  0-0   0   0    12

La Secla , Jordan     1  0-0    0-0    0-0   0  1-1   0   0     6

Total..........          13  3-5   10-12   0-0   1  1-1   0   0    99

Opponents......       26  7-12  24-26   0-0   0  0-0   0   0   201

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS     1st  2nd  3rd  4th    Total

--------------------  ---  ---  ---  ---      ---

San Jose State ......             24   27   10   38  -    99

Opponents...........             37   71   45   48  -   201

 

INTERCEPTIONS         No.  Yds   Avg TD Long

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Burns, Tanner                  2   64  32.0  0   34

Thompson, Peyton           2   27  13.5  0   27

Ihenacho, Duke             1   18  18.0  0   13

Total..........                   5  111  22.2  0   34

Opponents......                6   75  12.5  1   39

 

PUNTING               No.  Yds   Avg Long  TB  FC I20 Blkd

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Zavala, Philip           42 1799  42.8   61   1   8  10    1

TEAM                      1    0   0.0    0   0   0   0    0

Total..........             43 1799  41.8   61   1   8  10    1

Opponents......          22  920  41.8   69   1   6   9    0

 

PUNT RETURNS          No.  Yds   Avg TD Long

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Jurovich, Kevin              6   19   3.2  0   12

Avila , Michael              3    6   2.0  0    3

Yell, Ronnie                  1   -5  -5.0  0    0

Total..........              10   20   2.0  0   12

Opponents......              14  187  13.4  1   54

 

KICK RETURNS          No.  Yds   Avg TD Long

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Rutley, Brandon            18  352  19.6  0   27

Garces, Marcos              3   48  16.0  0   18

Avila , Michael              3   50  16.7  0   21

Manzanares, Gustavo      2   33  16.5  0   18

Newsome, Devin             2   41  20.5  0   22

Hunsucker, Dominique    1   14  14.0  0   14

Yell, Ronnie                  1   20  20.0  0   20

Muldrow, Lamon          1   27  27.0  0   27

Total..........             31  585  18.9  0   27

Opponents......           18  453  25.2  1   94

 

ALL PURPOSE       G Rush  Rec   PR  KOR   IR  Tot Avg/G

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Jurovich, Kevin        6  -22  476   19    0    0  473  78.8

Rutley, Brandon       4   27   75    0  352    0  454 113.5

Muldrow, Lamon      6  308   85    0   27    0  420  70.0

Avery, Marquis       6    7  247    0    0    0  254  42.3

Harrison , Josh         6    5  153    0    0    0  158  26.3

Total..........          6  466 1253   20  585  111 2435 405.8

Opponents......         6 1559 1183  187  453   75 3457 576.2

 

TOTAL OFFENSE         G Plays Rush Pass Total Avg/G

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La Secla , Jordan           6   208   -7 1057  1050 175.0

Muldrow, Lamon        6    56  308    0   308  51.3

Reed, Kyle                  4    43  -14  182   168  42.0

Perry, Patrick                6    35  101    0   101  16.8

Island, Cameron             5     6   40    0    40   8.0

Total..........                6   377  466 1253   1719 286.5

Opponents......            6   393 1559 1183  2742 457.0

 

 

                                       |--------Tackles--------|                 |-Sacks-| |---Pass Def---|          |-Fumbles-|     Blkd

DEFENSIVE LEADERS  GP Solo  Ast Total   TFL/Yds   No-Yds  Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds  FF Kick Saf

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17 Burns, Tanner                6   31   19    50        1.0-2       .                    2-64       1   .         1-0     4    .   .

2  Ihenacho, Duke               6   24   19    43        1.0-1       .                    1-18       5   .    .      .    .   .

95 Ihenacho, Carl                6   19   18    37       5-20             3-18      .                 1      2     3-0     1    .   .

3  Festejo, Pompey             6   17   15    32        3-19             1-11      .                1   .    .                      1    .   .

19 Thompson, Peyton        6   23    8      31       1-1       .                       2-27       3   .          1-0     .    .   .

   Total..........                      6  248  170  418    25-105           8-54         5-111   19      4    10-0    11    3   .

   Opponents......                 6  243  134  377    45-202         16-132       6-75     19      5      4-0            4    1   .

 



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