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San Jose State vs. Air Force: Keys to a Spartans victory

The Spartans hope to pull off an upset against the Falcons in their final home game of the season. 

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The Spartans bring a 3-7 record to the Week 12 matchup against the 7-3 Air Force Falcons.

Here are some keys to a possible Spartans victory.

SJSU needs to limit the Air Force's ground game.

The Falcons are averaging 310 rushing yards per game in a triple option offense that makes defenses pay for committing to the wrong potential ball carrier. The Spartans' defense struggled against the run in their 45-31 loss at Boise State two weeks ago, allowing the Broncos to rush for 292 yards.

SJSU offense needs to take advantage of scoring opportunities.

The Spartans have been doing a great job scoring 30 points or more in their last two games, but head coach Ron Caragher admitted to leaving too many points on the field.
"Whether it's touchdowns or field goals, we need to cash in on every scoring opportunity," Caragher told the San Jose Mercury News.

Falcons' quarterback Nate Romine is suffering from an ankle injury, but the Falcons sure know how to run the ball. The Spartans need to have an answer to that.

When SJSU gets its hands on the football, quarterback Kenny Potter needs to sling it all over the field.

The Falcons will likely take time off the clock and pound the rock. If that happens, the Spartans will lose the time of possession battle unless if Potter tosses dimes and puts points on the board quickly.

The Spartans host the Falcons on Saturday night at Spartan Stadium. Game time is set for 7:30 pm PST on CBS Sports Network.