San Jose State: Facts, Factors

San Jose State comes to the Rose Bowl Saturday night 0-1 on the season, and 1-13 in its last 14 games and without a win in its last 16 road games dating back to 2008...

FACTS AND FACTORS

-- UCLA opens it home schedule facing San Jose State Saturday at the Rose Bowl. Game time is set for 7:07 p.m., with the contest being televised by Fox Sports West. Bill Macdonald and former Bruin J.J. Stokes will be in the booth calling the action.

-- UCLA is, of course, 0-1, after losing to Houston on the road last week, 38-34.

-- San Jose State is also 0-1, losing to #7 Stanford in Palo Alto, 57-3.

-- This is the first time every UCLA has played San Jose State. UCLA is the last Pac-12 team that San Jose State has never played.

-- The Spartans have played Pac-12 teams 143 times, with 65 of those games against Stanford and 35 against Cal.

-- San Jose State's most recent trip to Los Angeles was in 2009 when it opened the season against #4-ranked USC, with the Spartans losing 56-3.

-- Of course, San Jose State did have that big win against Stanford in 2006, but it was in San Jose.

-- Interesting football-unrelated fact: UCLA and San Jose State have an educational relationship dating back to the 1880s. At that time, San Jose State was known as the "California State Normal School." In Benjamin Gilbert's book, "Pioneers for 100 Years," he writes that the California legislature passed legislation in 1881 to start a "Branch State Normal School" in Los Angeles, which opened August 29, 1882. That school gained independence and autonomy from the state in 1887, then became the southern branch of the University of California in 1919, and was named UCLA in 1927.

-- One of the biggest football connections of the two schools is the fact that former UCLA coach Dick Vermeil was a quarterback at San Jose State in 1957-58. Former UCLA coach Terry Donahue began his college career at San Jose State. Current UCLA run game coordinator Jim Mastro was the linebackers coach at San Jose State in 1996.

-- San Jose State was generally picked to finish last in the majority of the pre-season rankings in the Western Athletic Conference this season.

-- UCLA's offense, after the Houston game, finds itself ranked highly nationally. Gaining a total of 554 yards, that's good enough for 10th in the nation this week; It's 322 yards passing is 15th nationally; It's 232 yards ranked UCLA 21st nationally; Running back Johnathan Franklin ran for 128 yards, 15th in the nation; Quarterback Richard Brehaut was responsible for a total of 351 yards of total offense, which was 7th in the nation.

-- Tight end Joseph Fauria's 110 receiving yards against Houston was the most since Marcedes Lewis gained 108 yards in a game in 2005.

-- Senior receiver Taylor Embree caught five balls at Houston, and now has 122 career catches, which ranks him 10th on UCLA's all-time list. Craig Bragg is the all-time leader with 193.

-- UCLA's 11.1 yards per catch against Houston was the highest average yards gained per catch of any Pac-12 team in the opening weekend.

-- Of course, the other side of the coin was UCLA's defense, giving up 469 yards against Houston had it ranked 96th in the country after the first week.

-- San Jose State is coached by Mike MacIntyre, who is in his second year, with a record of 1-13. Last season the Spartans won just one game, against FCS Southern Utah. Before his position at SJSU, he was the defensive coordinator at Duke, and before that was a defensive backs coach in the NFL. He's primarily known as a defensive guy. His father, George, is the former head coach at Vanderbilt.

-- San Jose State's last road win was against Idaho in November, 2008. Since then, the Spartans have played 16 road games without a victory.

-- The Spartans traveled 17,000 miles in 2010 for road games. This season marks the first time since 1981 that San Jose State is playing all of its September games in the state of California.

-- Last week against Stanford, among San Jose State's 22 starters only two had never started a game before, one of those being quarterback Matt Faulkner.

-- After a heat wave during this week, temperatures are supposed to cool down by the weekend. With a 7:00 p.m. start, it's forecast to be about 80 degrees at game time, with very little wind.


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