San Jose State (1-8, 1-4 Moun­tain West) at No. 14 Utah State (8-1, 5-0)

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - — Steve Kro­ner

When: 1 p.m. Sat­ur­day Where: Lo­gan, Utah Ra­dio: 1590

Story line: The Spar­tans have three chances to match last sea­son’s to­tal of two wins, but they don’t ap­pear to have much of a chance against 14th-ranked Utah State. The Ag­gies opened their sea­son with a 38-31 loss at Michi­gan State — and have not lost since then. Only once dur­ing their eight-game win­ning streak have they scored fewer than 42 points. Utah State has beaten the Spar­tans seven straight times, in­clud­ing a 61-10 romp in San Jose last year.


This is the rare matchup of J. Love quar­ter­backs. The Spar­tans’ Josh Love, a ju­nior, has com­pleted 56.9 per­cent of his passes this sea­son and is av­er­ag­ing 250.4 pass­ing yards per game. The Ag­gies’ Jor­dan Love, a sopho­more, has com­pleted 65.1 per­cent of his passes and is av­er­ag­ing 242.8 pass­ing yards per game. Josh Love has thrown only seven in­ter­cep­tions in 253 pass at­tempts but he needs to be par­tic­u­larly care­ful against the Utah State de­fense. The Ag­gies are tied for fourth in the na­tion with 14 in­ter­cep­tions. And catch this: They’re tied with Alabama and Michi­gan for the most in­ter­cep­tions re­turned for a touch­down with four. San Jose State gave up 424 rush­ing yards in its 24-9 loss at Wy­oming last week. The Spar­tans face a bal­anced run game by the Ag­gies. Dar­win Thomp­son has gained 702 yards on 93 car­ries (7.5 yards per carry) and has run for 13 touch­downs. Fel­low ju­nior Gerold Bright has gained 634 yards on 101 car­ries (6.3 ypc) and has run for seven TDs.

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