SAN JOSE -- San Jose State is close to completing one of its best seasons on the road in recent history.
The Spartans (7-2, 3-1 Western Athletic Conference) haven't lost a road game since the season opener at Stanford and are seeking their first five-game road winning streak since 1986.
"That's a big deal for us," SJSU coach Mike MacIntyre said.
A victory Saturday at New Mexico State (1-8, 0-4) would mark the eighth time in school history the Spartans have won five road games in a season.
SJSU accomplished that feat four times during the 1980s, but this would be the first time since 1987.
With tough home games against BYU and Louisiana Tech to follow, the Spartans know the importance of adding to their win total.
"We'd definitely like to go down there and get a W, and come back home 8-2 and hopefully have two unbelievable Saturdays in a row," MacIntyre said.
MacIntyre has often said the team wasn't talking about the possibility of being bowl eligible leading into last Saturday's game at Idaho, a 42-13 win. Once a reality, he conceded it was worth a moment to reflect.
"I did make a few phone calls right after the game, thanking people that gave me an opportunity here that meant a lot to me," MacIntyre said. "I called my parents. It meant a lot. I sat there for a minute and thought about all the players that we've had here the last two years that have put in a lot of sacrifice."
Four teammates (Travis Johnson, Vince Buhagiar, Bene Benwikere and Cullen Newsome) have won the defensive player of the week honor, and Tyler Ervin earned the special teams award earlier this year.
Lopez is one of three kickers in the country who are perfect on field goal attempts. He's 13 for 13 with a long of 43 yards.
Lopez already has set several SJSU records. His 76 points is a record for points scored by a freshman, and his 13 field goals are the most consecutive makes in school history. He kicked four field goals in SJSU's 12-0 win over Navy to tie a school record for field goals in a game.
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San Jose State (7-2, 3-1 WAC) at New Mexico State (1-8, 0-4), 12:30 p.m.