This year’s San Jose State-Hawaii football game, originally scheduled for Saturday, October 15, now will take place, Friday, October 14, at the request of ESPN and the Western Athletic Conference.
The Spartans and the Warriors will meet in Spartan Stadium in a 6:00 p.m. (PDT) nationally-televised game on ESPN.
“We’re very excited, especially since it is a home game on a Friday night playing the University of Hawaii which is a very, very good football team. Our players are excited about the opportunity (to be on ESPN) in the middle of October. I’m looking forward to it,” says San Jose State football head coach Mike MacIntyre.
“This (the ESPN telecast) helps greatly with recruiting. You have a television audience locally, on the West Coast and all over the country getting to see us play. That’s exciting. Back East, they get to see it, which is fun, especially for all my family.
“And, I think it gives us a buzz for a Friday night which I think is a good deal.”
The football game will be part of the University’s Homecoming activities.
In 2007, these two teams played in front of a Friday night Spartan Stadium crowd and ESPN2 national audience. In a game that featured 847 combined passing yards by the two teams, Hawaii outlasted San Jose State, 42-35, in overtime.