Fresno State–San Jose State football rivalry

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Fresno State–San Jose State football rivalry
First meeting November 19, 1921
San Jose State 14, Fresno State 2
Latest meeting October 7, 2017
Fresno State 27, San Jose State 10
Next meeting November 24, 2018
Trophy Valley Trophy (2013–present)
Statistics
Meetings total 81
All-time series Fresno State leads, 41–37–3
Largest victory Fresno State, 63–12 (1999)
Longest win streak Fresno State, 12 (1991–2005)
Current win streak 1, Fresno State (2017–present)
Locations of the two universities in California
The Valley Trophy is given to the winner of this rivalry in each match. The winner gets to decorate the bottom part of the trophy designating their victory.

The Fresno State–San Jose State football rivalry is a college football rivalry between the Fresno State Bulldogs football team of California State University, Fresno and the San Jose State Spartans football team of San José State University. The two teams currently play annual, regularly scheduled contests as Mountain West Conference (West Division) opponents.

Since 1921, Fresno State and San Jose State have shared conference affiliation in numerous athletics conferences including the California Coast Conference, Far Western Conference, California Collegiate Athletic Association, Big West Conference, and the Western Athletic Conference.

The rivalry is likely rooted in the two schools' relatively close proximity to one another in the state of California. The city of Fresno is located approximately 150 miles south of San Jose. Both institutions are also members of the California State University system.

Additionally, Fresno State and San Jose State are both located in geographical valleys. Fresno is located in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley while San Jose is located in the Santa Clara Valley, which is now more widely known as Silicon Valley. The locations of the two schools account for the names Valley Cup and Battle for the Valley Trophy.

As of 2017-2018, Fresno State leads the series 41-37-3.

Historical overview[edit]

San Jose State led the series from 1949 to 2001, but Fresno State tied it at 32–32–3 with a victory in 2002 and recaptured the lead in 2003. The Bulldogs and Spartans first played each other in 1921.

The rivalry took a one-year break in 2012 after conference realignment temporarily separated the two schools, with Fresno State moving to the Mountain West Conference while San Jose State stayed in the Western Athletic Conference. It resumed as a conference rivalry in 2013 when San Jose State joined the Mountain West, and is assured of being an annual matchup since both schools are in the West Division.

Beginning in 2013, the winner of the game is awarded the Valley Trophy.[1][2]

Statistics[edit]

Fresno State San José State
Games played 81
Wins 41 37
Ties 3
Home wins 20 20
Road wins 21 17
Consecutive wins 12 7
Most total points in a game 114
Most points in a win 63 62
Most points in a loss 52 30
Fewest total points in a game 0
Largest margin of victory 50 42
Smallest margin of victory 1 1
Total points scored in series 1,798 1,793
Shutouts of opposing team 4 2
Source:[3]

Game results[edit]

Fresno State victoriesSan Jose State victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 1921 Fresno, CA San Jose State 14–2
2 1925 San Jose, CA Fresno State 23–7
3 1926 San Jose, CA Fresno State 34–0
4 1927 San Jose, CA Fresno State 10–7
5 1929 Fresno, CA San Jose State 26–14
6 1930 San Jose, CA Fresno State 27–12
7 1931 San Jose, CA Fresno State 32–0
8 1932 San Jose, CA Tie0–0
9 1933 Fresno, CA San Jose State 18–0
10 1934 San Jose, CA Tie7–7
11 1939 San Jose, CA San Jose State 42–7
12 1940 Fresno, CA San Jose State 14–7
13 1941 San Jose, CA Tie0–0
14 1942 Fresno, CA Fresno State 6–0
15 1946 San Jose, CA San Jose State 13–2
16 1947 San Jose, CA Fresno State 21–20
17 1948 San Jose, CA San Jose State 41–6
18 1949 Fresno, CA San Jose State 43–7
19 1950 San Jose, CA San Jose State 33–7
20 1951 Fresno, CA San Jose State 32–6
21 1952 San Jose, CA San Jose State 40–6
22 1953 Fresno, CA San Jose State 27–21
23 1954 San Jose, CA San Jose State 28–0
24 1955 Fresno, CA Fresno State 19–13
25 1956 San Jose, CA Fresno State 30–14
26 1957 Fresno, CA Fresno State 13–6
27 1958 San Jose, CA San Jose State 48–6
28 1959 Fresno, CA San Jose State 40–14
29 1960 San Jose, CA Fresno State 27–12
30 1961 Fresno, CA Fresno State 36–27
31 1962 San Jose, CA Fresno State 20–14
32 1963 San Jose, CA San Jose State 56–27
33 1964 San Jose, CA San Jose State 26–14
34 1965 Fresno, CA Fresno State 24–18
35 1966 San Jose, CA Fresno State 15–13
36 1967 Fresno, CA San Jose State 35–30
37 1968 San Jose, CA San Jose State 25–21
38 1970 San Jose, CA Fresno State 27–19
39 1971 Fresno, CA Fresno State 14–7
40 1972 San Jose, CA Fresno State 23–21
41 1973 Fresno, CA San Jose State 24–6
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
42 1974 San Jose, CA San Jose State 28–7
43 1975 Fresno, CA San Jose State 21–7
44 1976 San Jose, CA San Jose State 21–7
45 1977 Fresno, CA Fresno State 45–24
46 1978 San Jose, CA San Jose State 26–16
47 1979 Fresno, CA San Jose State 35–22
48 1980 San Jose, CA San Jose State 26–14
49 1981 Fresno, CA San Jose State 35–33
50 1982 San Jose, CA Fresno State 39–27
51 1983 Fresno, CA San Jose State 41–23
52 1984 San Jose, CA San Jose State 18–17
53 1985 Fresno, CA Fresno State 37–17
54 1986 San Jose, CA San Jose State 45–41
55 1987 Fresno, CA San Jose State 20–16
56 1988 San Jose, CA Fresno State 17–15
57 1989 Fresno, CA #25 Fresno State 31–30
58 1990 San Jose, CA San Jose State 42–7
59 1991 Fresno, CA Fresno State 31–28
60 1994 Fresno, CA Fresno State 45–13
61 1996 Fresno, CA Fresno State 28–18
62 1997 San Jose, CA Fresno State 53–12
63 1998 Fresno, CA Fresno State 24–21
64 1999 Fresno, CA Fresno State 63–12
65 2000 San Jose, CA Fresno State 37–6
66 2001 Fresno, CA #23 Fresno State 40–21
67 2002 San Jose, CA Fresno State 19–16
68 2003 Fresno, CA Fresno State 41–7
69 2004 San Jose, CA Fresno State 62–28
70 2005 Fresno, CA #21 Fresno State 45–7
71 2006 San Jose, CA San Jose State 24–14
72 2007 Fresno, CA Fresno State 30–0
73 2008 San Jose, CA Fresno State 24–10
74 2009 Fresno, CA Fresno State 41–21
75 2010 San Jose, CA Fresno State 33–18
76 2011 Fresno, CA San Jose State 27–24
77 2013 San Jose, CA San Jose State 62–52
78 2014 Fresno, CA Fresno State 38–24
79 2015 San Jose, CA San Jose State 49–23
80 2016 Fresno, CA San Jose State 16–14
81 2017 San Jose, CA Fresno State 27–10
Series: Fresno State leads 41–37–3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ San Jose State Athletics (December 6, 2013). "Spartan Football Weekly presented by Una Mas 1.12". YouTube. Retrieved June 1, 2014.  The trophy is shown at the 0:30 mark.
  2. ^ Durkin, Jimmy. "Clearing up some Valley Trophy questions". Spartan Central. Mercurynews.com. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Fresno State Bulldogs vs. San Jose State Spartans football series history". Winsipedia. Retrieved 27 January 2018.