2011 Stanford record: 11-2, 8-1 Pacific-12. The Cardinal finished the regular season tied for first in Pacific-12 Conference. Stanford lost, 41-38, to Oklahoma State in the 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The Cardinal ranked seventh in the final Associated Press and ESPN/USAâToday polls.
San Jose State-Stanford series: Stanford leads the series, 50-14-1. The Cardinal has victories in the last four meetings between these teams including a 57-3 decision to open 2011. San Jose State's last win in the series was a 35-34 victory in Spartan Stadium on September 9, 2006.
The Spartans seek their first win in Stanford Stadium in eight tries. San Jose State's last victory in Stanford Stadium was a 40-27 triumph on September 9, 2000.
Play-by-Play Radio Coverage:âKLIV (1590 AM, San Jose) originates San Jose State football broadcasts. Michael Spero calls the play-by-play. Kevin Richardson offers commentary. Jeff Bowe will be on the sideline for the broadcast team. The pregame show for the Stanford game begins at 6:30 p.m. (PDT) on network affiliate KIONâ(1460 AM, Salinas).
KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) also will broadcast the Stanford game. Jonathan Wold, Jess Knaster and Mike Marqua will handle the broadcast duties.
Play-by-Play Television Coverage:âThe Pac-12 Network will televise the San Jose State-Stanford game live. One-time San Jose State radio play-by-play voice Ted Robinson calls the play-by-play. Glen Parker provides commentary. Ryan Nece works the sidelines. The Pac-12 âNetwork telecast begins at 7:00 p.m.
Many San Francisco Bay Area Comcast Cable subscribers can see the game on Channel 433.
The Bill Walsh Legacy: The late Bill Walsh (1931-2007) was an end on the 1952 and 1953 San Jose State University football teams. The San Jose State graduate went on to Pro Football Hall of Fame career as the three-time Super Bowl winning head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. He was a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater and was the head coach at Stanford in 1977 and 1978 and 1992 through 1994.
San Jose State-Stanford connections: For more than 90 years, numerous football men made connections with San Jose State and Stanford. John Ralston (San Jose State, 1993-96) and JackâElway (1979-83) were head coaches at each school. PopâWarner was Stanford's head coach (1924-32) and San Jose State's advisory coach in 1939-40 when the Spartans had a combined record of 24-1.
Terry Shea (1990-91), Ron Turner (1992) and Dave Baldwin (1997-2000) were San Jose State head coaches who also served Stanford as an assistant football coach.
Entering 2012 with a winning streak:âFor the first time since 2007, San Jose State begins a football season with a multi-game winning streak. The Spartans closed out 2011 with three-point victories over Navy and at Fresno State.
2012 team captains:âWide receiver Noel Grigsby, defensive end Travis Johnson, tight end Ryan Otten and offensive tackle David Quessenberry were named team captains for the 2012 season. This year's team captains were named during spring practice.
A season-opening win:âThe last time San Jose State won a season-opening game was in 2008 when the Spartans edged UCâDavis, 17-13, in Spartan Stadium. The last time the Spartans opened a season with a road victory was a 33-18 triumph against Arkansas State in a game played in Little Rock,âArkansas.
Last win vs. a ranked opponent:âSan Jose State's last victory against a nationally-ranked team was a 27-24 triumph over #9-ranked TCU in Spartan Stadium on November 4, 2000. Since then, the Spartans are winless against 19 ranked teams.
Last win vs. a Pac-10 opponent:âThe 2006 win over Stanford inâSpartan Stadium is San Jose State's latest triumph over a school that was a Pacific-10 Conference member in 2010. Since the 35-34 victory onâSeptember 9, 2006, the Spartans played seven games against Pacific-10 Conference teams.
2012 schedule compared to 2011: San Jose State's 2012 opponents combined for a .496 (62-63) winning percentage last season. Stanford (11-2), the Spartans' first opponent, and Brigham Young (10-3), are the two teams on the 2012 schedule to win 10 or more games and compete in a bowl game. Louisiana Tech (8-5), Utah State (7-6) and San Diego State (8-5) played in a 2011 bowl game.
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