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Published: Thursday, 12/27/2012

Bowling Green, San Jose State football teams meet for first time in today's Military Bowl

Military Bowl

Bowling Green vs. No. 24 San Jose State

Time: 3 p.m.

Records: BG is 8-4, 6-2 MAC; SJSU is 10-2, 5-1 WAC


Radio: 1470, 99.1

Series: First meeting

Favorite: SJSU by 7

Notes: The Falcons look to end a couple of negative streaks as it plays in the Military Bowl. BGSU has lost its last two bowl games, with its last victory coming in the 2004 GMAC Bowl, and has lost its last five games against ranked opponents, with the last win coming against No. 12 Northern Illinois in 2003. … This is San Jose State’s first bowl game since the 2006 New Mexico Bowl, and just the second bowl game since 1990. … The Spartans lost to Toledo 27-25 on a last-second field goal by Tony Lee in the 1981 California Bowl. … BGSU is playing in its ninth bowl game overall, and its first since 2009, but its fifth since 2003. … The Spartans bring a seven-game winning streak into the contest, while BG has won seven of its last eight. …The marquee matchup in this game is San Jose State’s passing game, which averages 327.5 yards per game and has produced 33 touchdowns, against a BG pass defense that allows just 173.0 yards per contest and has given up just nine TDs. … Both teams have strong pass rushes, as SJSU has 40 sacks while BG has 37. … Each team features its league’s defensive MVP, with the Spartans led by senior DE Travis Johnson while the Falcons are led by senior DT Chris Jones.

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