RECORDS: San Jose State 5-4, 4-2 MWC; Nevada 3-7, 2-5
KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m., Mackay Stadium, Reno
SERIES HISTORY: Nevada leads 16-8-2 and has won four straight. SJSU's last win was 2007 and last win in Reno was 2000. The Spartans have lost five straight at Nevada.
STORYLINE: San Jose State still needs a win to become bowl eligible after blowing a fourth-quarter lead last week against San Diego State. The Spartans don't have great history in Reno -- they are just 2-9-2 all-time -- but Nevada is experiencing a down year and SJSU needs to take advantage and get the win.
INJURY UPDATE: San Jose State -- WR Noel Grigsby (knee), RB Tyler Ervin (ankle), OL Ryan Jones (foot), DT Tony Popovich (shoulder), LB Vince Buhagiar (shoulder), LB Derek Muaava (knee), LB Ryan Goforth (shoulder), TE Andrew Vollert (shoulder), OL David Catalano (foot) and TE Max Miller (undisclosed) are out, DT Travis Raciti (ankle) and TE Billy Freeman (concussion) are probable. Nevada -- QB Devin Combs (knee), TE Randy Horton (shoulder), TE Kolby Arendse (foot) are out, QB Cody Fajardo (foot), OL Connor Talbott (ankle), LB Jordan Dobrich (knee), DE Brock Hekking (undisclosed), DT Jack Reynoso (concussion), OL Matt Galas (knee), WR Aaron Bradley (hamstring), WR Ricky Turner (knee), LB Trevor Taft (leg) are questionable, WR Brandon Wimberly (illness) and RB Don Jackson (illness) are probable.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: San Jose State's running game vs. Nevada's defense. The Spartans got away from the rushing attack last week, passing on more than 65 percent of their plays. But Nevada has the Mountain West's worst ranked rushing defense. With cold weather in the forecast -- it's expected to be in the 30s and could dip into the 20s during the game -- the bruising running style of Jarrod Lawson won't be fun for the defense to deal with.
STATS THAT MATTER: The Spartans lead the nation in blocked kicks with six after blocking three last week against San Diego State. ... David Fales is second in the country is career total offense per game at an average of 314.9 yards over his 22 games. Nevada's Cody Fajardo is sixth at 300.3.
-- JIMMY DURKIN
SAN JOSE STATE AT NEVADA