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San Jose State at UNLV preview: two senior quarterbacks at their peak make for another high-scoring conference game

San Jose State at UNLV preview: two senior quarterbacks at their peak make for another high-scoring conference game

San Jose State (4-3, 3-1 MWC) is riding on a three-game winning streak and hopes to continue its winning ways when the team faces UNLV at 1 p.m. today.

Spartans quarterback David Fales among several other players had a stellar outing last Saturday as SJSU defeat Wyoming 51-44 for the school’s Homecoming.

Fales completed 27 of 37 passes for 482 yards and five passing touchdowns, but he won the game for SJSU on a quarterback sneak from the 1-yard line with less than 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Also, SJSU has three receivers with more than 100 receiving yards and freshman running back Jarrod Lawson had his first game rushing for more than 100 yards against Wyoming.

With its passing attack firing on all cylinders and its running game coming along, SJSU hopes to continue racking up points against a UNLV defense that is averaging just under 35 points a game so far this season.

UNLV (5-3, 3-1 MWC) will also be coming into the game full of confidence as they defeated in-state rival Nevada 27-22, snapping an eight-game losing streak to the Wolfpack.

Wolfpack senior quarterback Caleb Herring completed 29 of 42 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns.

UNLV also has some established weapons on offense in junior wide receiver Devante Davis and senior running back Tim Cornett, both of whom had more than 100 yards receiving and rushing respectively during last week’s game.

While SJSU’s defense did tighten up during the second half last week, it still allowed 44 points against the Cowboys.

The only constant in the Spartans defense has been the play of senior linebacker Keith Smith who already has more than 100 tackles this season.

Another bright spot for the team was the return of senior cornerback Bene Benwikere who has a crucial interception against Wyoming.

With both offenses productive, both quarterbacks playing at a high level and both defense averaging at least 30 points allowed this season, this game has all makings of another high-scoring Mountain West Conference matchup.

Statistics compiled from ESPN.com.

About Nick Celario

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San Jose State University School of Journalism and Mass Communications graduate. Former sports editor of the Spartan Daily. Former intern at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

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