The Cardinal began the season with a 34-27 loss at Boston College (September 7). San Jose State won it's season opener at Arkansas State, but then lost to Washington after leading 10-0 at the half.
The San Jose State Vs Stanford Series:
Stanford leads the South Bay rivalry, which dates back to 1900, 43-13-1. The Cardinal snapped the a three-game losing streak to SJSU with a 41-14 victory last year at Spartan Stadium.
The Spartans had beaten Stanford in 1998 (35-23), 1999 (44-39) and 2000 (40-27). Prior to those three straight losses to SJSU, Stanford had won six straight (1992-97) and 11 of 14 from 1984-97.
Last year's game was played at San Jose State for only the third time. After the first meeting was played at Cycler?s Park in San Jose in 1900 (35-0 Stanford win), the next 49 Stanford-San Jose State contests were played on The Farm (1900-94.
The two teams played at Spartan Stadium in 1995 and again in 2001 (both Stanford wins).
The series has proved to be an offensive slugfest of late. The two teams have combined to score 50 or more points in 11 of the past 13 meetings.
Stanford and San Jose State have a long history of coaches who have been on both sidelines. The tradition began with Dudley DeGroot, who was a three-year letterwinner at Stanford from 1920-22 and went on to serve as head coach at San Jose State from 1932-39.
Gridiron legend Glenn Pop Warner was head coach at Stanford from 1924-32 and went on to serve as an assistant at SJSU from 1939-40. John Ralston, of course, led he Cardinal to back-to-back Rose Bowls during his nine year stint on The Farm (1963-71) before taking over at SJSU over two decades later (1993-96).
Jack Elway was San Jose State's head coach from 1979-83, and held the same position on The Farm from 1984-88. Dave Baldwin (now the offensive coordinator at Baylor) was a Stanford assistant from 1984-88 and the San Jose State head coach from 1997-2000.
Two other Spartan head coaches were also Stanford assistants: Terry Shea (SJSU 1990-91, Stanford 1992-94) and Ron Turner (Stanford 1989-91, SJSU 1992).
Bill Walsh, Stanford's head coach in 1977-78 and 1992-94, is a San Jose State graduate.
The latest addition to this list is current Cardinal assistant coach Tom Quinn, who coached linebackers, tight ends and special teams for the Spartans from 1999-2001.
Walsh Returns to Television Booth:
Former Stanford head coach and SJSU alum Bill Walsh returns to the Farm on Saturday, only this time in a different role. Walsh, the NFL Hall of Famer who led the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl championships, is no stranger to the broadcast booth.
Between his retirement as coach of the 49ers and his return to Stanford in 1992, Walsh was a broadcaster on NBC's NFL telecasts.
He returns to the booth on Saturday to team with veteran broadcaster Barry Tompkins for the KRON telecast to the Bay Area (channel 4).
Walsh, of course, had three stints on The Farm, first as an assistant from 1963-64, then as a head coach in 1977-78 and again in 1992-94.
Children 14 and under will be admitted free to Saturday's Stanford-San Jose State game ... Police and Firefighter's of the Greater Bay Area will also be honored at halftime