Monday, December 24, 2012

San Jose State Notes and Rankings....

A few Christmas Eve notes gleaned from the San Jose game notes and the NCAA statistics....

Heading into the Military Bowl game and for the seventh time in the last eight weeks, San Jose State is the most accurate passing team among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs. Only three FBS teams completed at least 70 percent of its passes.

San Jose State quarterback David Fales is the most accurate passer among the nation’s top-100 ranked quarterbacks in games played through December 1. It is the fifth week in a row Fales is the most accurate passer in the country.  Only three players among the top-100 quarterbacks enter this week’s play completing 70.00 or more of their passes.

San Jose State’s Austin Lopez enters the week as one of three Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) kickers to convert all his field goal tries this season based on a minimum of seven field goals made.  (Austin Lopez San Jose State 15-15)

Bowl History:  San Jose State has a 5-3 record in bowl games and a 2-2 record against the MAC.

The Military Bowl is the Spartans’ first bowl game east of the Mississippi River.

2006 New Mexico Bowl
Albuquerque, N.M.
San Jose State 20
New Mexico 12

1990 California Raisin Bowl
Fresno, Calif.
San Jose State 48
Central Michigan 24

1987 California Bowl
Fresno, Calif.
Eastern Michigan 30
San Jose State 27

1986 California Bowl
Fresno, Calif.
San Jose State 37
Miami (Ohio) 7

1981 California Bowl
Fresno, Calif.
Toledo 27
San Jose State 25

1971 Pasadena Bowl
Pasadena, Calif.
Memphis State 28
San Jose State 9

1949 Raisin Bowl
Fresno, Calif.
San Jose State 20
Texas Tech 13

1947 Raisin Bowl
Fresno, Calif.
San Jose State 20
Utah State 0

Noel Grigsby, Chandler Jones, Ryan Otten and Jabari Carr are the four active Spartans with at least 1,000 career pass receiving yards.

Tight end Ryan Otten is the first San Jose State player this season to accept a post-season all-star game invitation. He is headed to the Senior Bowl scheduled for January 26, 2013 in Mobile, Ala.

Otten's current 16.05 yards per catch average is best among FBS tight ends with 40 or more receptions and a 10.00 or more yards per catch average in games played through December 1.

In the Sagarin ranking, they are the #30 ranked team.

San Jose State is ranked:

11th in passing offense
6th in kickoff returns
2nd in passing efficiency
5th in sacks

Fales 3rd in passing efficiency
Bene Benwikere 3rd in interceptions
Travis Johnson T-7 in sacks

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