San Jose State vs Texas Longhorns Game Preview
Can the Spartans add to the Longhorns early season woes?
San Jose State goes on the road for the first time this year.
Game 3: San José State Spartans (1-1) (0-0 MWC) at Texas Longhorns (0-1) (0-0 BIG 12)
When: Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at 2:30 PM (CT)
Where: Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas
Series History: This will be the first meeting between the two teams. Despite this, there is overlap on the coaching level. San José State has an all-time record of 3-7 against current Big 12 Conference members.
The Spartans last victory was against TCU, 27-24 on November 4, 2000, when the Horned Frogs were members of the Western Athletic Conference and came into the game with running back LaDainian Tomlinson, undefeated and ranked #9 in the nation. Current San José State offensive coordinator Andrew Sowder was a member of the 2016 University of Texas coaching staff.
Three Keys to Victory for the Spartans
Montel Aaron, QB (RS-Freshman): In the first two games, the Spartans have used three different quarterbacks to lead their offense. After some struggles by initial starter Josh Love, Aaron played the fourth quarter of the USF contest and entered the Cal Poly game on the Spartans first possession of the second quarter.
With limited action, Aaron has been able to complete 18 of 30 passes for 269 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Aaron will face his first true test against the Longhorns. He will need to utilize his mobility to give himself time in the pocket to make his throws and help to open up the lackluster running game.
Spartans Defense: San José State’s defense has faced more snaps to date than any other Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team in games played through September 3, with two games having a lot to do with it. The two Spartan opponents have combined for 171 snaps.
Oregon State and Hawai’i are next closest at 164. Despite the number of plays for the San José State defense, the Spartans are credited with forcing 20 punts and recovering three fumbles in their first two games. That is a huge improvement for the Spartans in getting the opponent’s offense off the field compared to last year. The defense will need to continue this trend and keeping the potent Longhorn offense in check for a chance at victory.
Limit Offensive Three and Outs: With new head coach, Brent Brennan, the Spartans have initiated a fast-paced offense and swarming defense. The biggest change he is instilling his team is…..SPEED! “Spartan Speed,” as Coach Brennan calls his new “mantra.” He wants his team to be fast on offense and defense while playing with high energy. This is where the Spartans will need to perform: keep the offense on the field and give the defense time to rest off the field.
This will be a true test for the Spartans on offense and defense. Though, the Longhorns will prevail in the end. The final score is 38-17 Longhorns.