UTAH STATE AGGIES

Utah State Takes On Confident San Jose State In Mountain West Battle

Oct 20, 2023, 9:59 PM

LOGAN, Utah –ย Despite lingering questions about who will start at QB, Utah State is prepared to clash with San Jose State no matter who lines up under center on Saturday.

Utah State heads into gameday against San Jose State with lingering questions about who will start at quarterback.

Utah State (3-4, 1-2) is in San Jose, CA to take on the San Jose State Spartans (2-5, 1-2) on Saturday, October 21. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. (MT).

RELATED: How To Watch Utah State Aggies At San Jose State Spartans

RELATED: With Effort Unquestioned, Technique & Execution Key To Utah State Improvement

The Aggies will rekindle the fifth-longest series in school history when they meet SJSU. Utah State is 20-20-1 all-time against the Spartans and 8-11-1 on the road despite winning the last ten games between the two programs.

Last season, Utah State became bowl-eligible thanks to a 35-31, come-from-behind win over the Spartans at Maverik Stadium. Calvin Tyler Jr. led the Aggies with 126 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries. Cooper Legas completed 23-of-35 passes for 244 yards and one touchdown but also threw two interceptions in the win. Brian Cobbs recorded ten catches for 122 yards with Justin McGriff secured the Legas passing TD.

Current Spartan QB Chevan Cordeiro threw for 257 yards and four touchdowns. Elijah Cooks led SJSU with seven catches for 125 yards and three scores. Kairee Robinson added 70 yards on the ground.

RELATED: Week 7: Top Plays From BYU, Utah, USU, Weber State

Tied at 1-2 in the Mountain West, Utah State enters the weekend eighth in the conference followed immediately by SJSU. Air Force sits atop the conference standings as the only remaining unbeaten team.

San Jose State is 1-2 at home in 2023.

RELATED: Utah State Week Eight Depth Chart At San Jose State Spartans

San Jose State Spartans (2-5, 1-2)

The Spartans are led by Brent Brennan (29-47) in his seventh season with the program. Brennan led SJSU to a 7-5 record last season, including a 41-27 loss to Eastern Washington in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Spartans To Watch

Offense

SJSU has committed just four turnovers this season and is +6 in the turnover margin on the year. Their four TOs are eighth best in the country and the turnover margin is the 17th best in the country.

QB Chevan Cordeiro

A 6’1 senior, Cordero was named the MW Preseason Offensive Player of the Year after earning All-Mountain West Second Team recognition for his work in 2022. In seven starts this year, Cordeiro has completed 133-of-222 (59.9 percent) for 1,619 yards, eight touchdowns, and three interceptions.

Known for his accuracy, Cordeiro threw 117 passes without an interception earlier this season. He threw 170 passes in 2022 before throwing his first INT.

RBย Kairee Robinson

A senior out of De La Salle HS, Robinson is coming off of a MW Offensive Player of the Week award, scoring a career-high four touchdowns last week against New Mexico. He finished the game with 189 total yards, including 126 yards and three TDs on the ground.

Robinson’s 6.45 yards per carry is No. 1 in the MW and 14th in the country. His 1,990 career-rushing yards are seventh in program history. He has scored a touchdown in every game this season.

WR Nick Nash

The 6-3, 198-pound redshirt junior was named the MW Offensive Player of the Week when he caught six passes and three touchdowns in the Spartans season-opening loss at USC. Nash has 30 grabs for 387 yards and four TDs this year.

RELATED: Utah State Hopes To Build On Complete Game Effort In Fresno State Loss

Before this season, Nash had appeared in 30 games for SJSU, reeling in 11 catches.

Defense

The Spartans defense allows a paltry 186.1 yards per game, good for the 22nd-best pass defense in the country and no. 2 unit in the MW.

DB Jay’Vion Cole

A 175-pound sophomore, Cole leads the Spartans and is fourth in the country with eight pass deflections. Cole has 16 tackles and one tackle for a loss in seven starts.

Cole intercepted his first pass of the season last weekend against New Mexico. He played 11 games with nine starts for FCS school Cal Poly last season. He picked off four passes as a freshman.

DE Tre Smith

Listed at 6’5 and 255 pounds, the redshirt sophomore defensive end has started six games this season after making 11 appearances for the Spartans without a start the previous two seasons.

RELATED: Head Coach Blake Anderson Breaks Down Aggies Quarterback Battle

Smith has 31 tackles this season, including four tackles for a loss and three quarterback sacks. He has six sacks in his career.

LB Bryun Parham

A junior linebacker out of Long Beach, CA, Parham has 18 starts in 26 career games for SJSU.

Earlier this season in a loss at Boise State, Parham recorded 12 tackles and finished with a career-high two fumble recoveries. Parham enters the weekend fourth in the MW and 21st in the nation with 60 tackles.

Utah State Aggies vs. San Jose State Spartans

Saturday, October 21 โ€“ CEFCU Stadium | San Jose, CA

Radio: Aggie Sports Network

Scott Garrard & Kevin White

Online:ย KSLSportsZone

RELATED: Utah State Hopes To Build On Complete Game Effort In Fresno State Loss

TV: CBS Sports Network

John Sadak, Randy Cross, & Tiffany Blackmon

โ€ข Xfinity (Utah): Ch. 269/753HD

โ€ข DISH: Ch. 158

โ€ข DirecTV: Ch. 221

Stream:ย utahstateaggies.com/watch/

Following The Aggies With KSL Sports Zone

Utah Stateย (3-4, 1-2) will contend with theย San Jose State Spartans (2-5, 1-2) on Saturday, October 21. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. (MT).

Utah State football games are found onย KSL Sports Zoneย with Scott Garrard and former Aggie quarterback Kevin White (1988-89) on the call.

KSL Sports coverage of Utah State University Athletics can be found here.ย 

Take us with you, wherever you go.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utahโ€™s sports leader. You can stream live radio, and video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

  • Utah State Aggies Scoreboard

  • Utah State Aggies Team Leaders

  • Utah State Aggies Standings

Utah State Aggies

Jerry-Bovee-Press-Conference...

Amy Donaldson

Former Utah State Administrator Jerry Bovee Disputes School’s Accusations, Recounts Firing

When the pain of being fired from a job that was more of an identity than a paycheck feels unbearable, Jerry Bovee summons the reason he ever started chasing his dream of being a college athletic director.

2 hours ago

Blake-Anderson-Utah-State-Aggies...

Chandler Holt

Blake Anderson’s Representation Releases Part Of Response To Utah State University

Former Utah State football head coach Blake Anderson's legal team released parts of his 70-page response to Utah State University.

1 day ago

Blake Anderson, Utah State, Administrative Leave...

KSL Sports

Utah State Terminates Football Coach Blake Anderson

Utah State announced they are moving forward with the termination of head football coach Blake Anderson after notifying him of their intent to do so early this month.ย 

2 days ago

utah-state-freshman-running-back-robert-briggs...

KSL Sports

60 in 60: #32 Utah State’s Robert Briggs (Running Back)

The countdown is on forย Hans & Scottyโ€™s 60 in 60 for the 2024 college football season. Coming in at No. 37 is Utah State RB Robert Briggs.

3 days ago

Isaac-Johnson-Utah-State-Aggies...

Brian Preece

Jerrod Calhoun To Lead Utah State Basketball On European Tour

First-year head coach Jerrod Calhoun and the Aggies will play teams from across Europe on a tour that spans August 9-19.

5 days ago

utah state guard mason falslev...

Brian Preece

Utah State Guard Mason Falslev Named One Of Nation’s Top Sophomores

Mason Falslev has been a Utah State fan favorite since debuting as a redshirt freshman for the MW regular season champs in November 2023.ย 

6 days ago

Sponsored Articles

...

KSL Sports

Utah Hockey Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Want to get the latest info on Utah's newest sports franchise? Sign up for the Utah Hockey newsletter!

ksl-sports-newsletter...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

...

KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Jordan-Clarkson-Utah-Jazz...

KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Utah State Takes On Confident San Jose State In Mountain West Battle