As part of the Western Athletic Conferences ESPN multi-year broadcast contract, the 2009 San Jose State home opener on September 12 against reigning Sugar Bowl champion Utah will be televised live on ESPNU with a 7:30 p.m. (PDT)/8:30 p.m. (MDT)/10:30 p.m. (EDT) start time.
The San Jose State-Utah contest will be the first time the Spartans host a non-conference opponent and current Bowl Championship Series winner in a national telecast. In non-conference network television appearances primarily from 1975 through 1983, San Jose State was a visiting team facing Pacific-10 Conference opponents.
ESPNU will be the first broadcast outlet to televise a 2009 game from Spartan Stadium, now in its 76th year of service to the community, and show off the facilitys new field turf installed this spring. From 1933 through 2008, Spartan Stadium was a natural grass facility.
The September 12 contest is the second San Jose State home game the ESPN family of stations is televising this season. Earlier, ESPN announced the November 8 Western Athletic Conference match-up between the Spartans and Nevada will be the networks annual Sunday college football telecast for 2009. Game time for the San Jose State-Nevada game is 5:15 p.m. (PST).
In 2008, Spartan Stadium was the site of a precedent-setting three national telecasts, two on ESPN2 and one on ESPNU. Since Dick Tomey took over as San Jose States head coach, the Spartans have had seven national or network telecasts, five of them from Spartan Stadium, in the last four years.
San Jose State and Utah are facing each other for the first time since the 1998 season when both the Spartans and Utes were members of the Western Athletic Conference. Utah is a Mountain West Conference member.
2009 San Jose State University Football Schedule
|Sat. Sept. 5||Southern California||Los Angeles, Calif.||TBA|
|Sat. Sept. 12||Utah (ESPNU)||Spartan Stadium||7:30 p.m. (PDT)|
|Sat. Sept. 19||Stanford||Stanford, Calif.||TBA|
|Sat. Sept. 26||Cal Poly||Spartan Stadium||5:00 p.m. (PDT)|
|Sat. Oct. 3||Bye|
|Sat. Oct. 10||*Idaho||Spartan Stadium||5:00 p.m. (PDT)|
|Sat. Oct. 17||*Fresno State||Fresno, Calif.||7:00 p.m. (PDT)|
|Sat. Oct. 24||Bye|
|Sat. Oct. 31||*Boise State||Boise, Idaho||1:00 p.m. (PDT)|
|Sun. Nov. 8||*Nevada (ESPN)||Spartan Stadium||5:15 p.m. (PST)|
|Sat. Nov. 14||*Utah State||Logan, Utah||1:00 p.m. (MST)|
|Sat. Nov. 21||*Hawaii||Spartan Stadium||5:00 p.m. (PST)|
|Sat. Nov. 28||*New Mexico State||Spartan Stadium||5:00 p.m. (PST)|
|Sat. Dec. 5||*Louisiana Tech||Ruston, La.||1:00 p.m. (CST)|
* - Western Athletic Conference game
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