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LOGAN — So nice, he said it twice. The plan: Stop Kerwynn Williams.

That is the idea San Jose State University head coach Mike MacIntyre has instilled in his team for the upcoming game against Utah State. For good reason, too. Williams leads the WAC in rushing yards and is in the top 10 in receiving yards. But San Jose State (4-1) knows that USU (4-2) is more than just a running offensive team. It has a great defense as well, second in the WAC in sacks trailing only San Jose State.

Utah State (4-2) at San Jose State (4-1)
Game Notes

Date: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 Kickoff: 2:07 p.m. (MT) Location: San Jose, Calif. Stadium: Spartan Stadium (30,456) Series: Utah State trails, 13-20-1 TV: ESPN Regional (Altitude) Trey Bender (Play-by-Play) Jay Taylor (Analyst) Radio: Utah State Sports Network Al Lewis (Play-by-Play) Craig Hislop (Analyst) Live Stats: UtahStateAggies.com Twitter Updates: /USUFootball YouTube: /USUAthletics Facebook: /USUFootball Tickets: 1-877-SJSU-TIX

SJSU will host USU at its own homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 13, to open conference play. Kickoff is set at 2:00 p.m. MT and will be televised on ESPN Regional.

MacIntyre said some positive things about SJSU's opponent this coming weekend. Here's what he had to say.

Thoughts on Utah State overall:

"Utah State has the No. 8 scoring defense in America. It has the WAC all-purpose yards leader in Kerwynn Williams. Excellent, excellent football player. So we've got our work cut out for us. It's going to be a great game and we're looking forward to it."

On Utah State's offensive weapons:

"Williams is a really good football player. We just need to know where he is. They throw it to him. He runs it. He has a lot of speed and athleticism. And Chuckie Keeton, the quarterback, is second in the league in passing. He moves around. He's a very athletic quarterback. He's able to move around and not stay in the pocket. He reminds me a little bit of a quarterback at San Diego State that can run around and make some plays. He has done a great job with their offense. They're moving the ball well. They had a tough time against BYU, but everyone has had a tough time against BYU."

On Utah State's defense:

"I think Utah State's defense is excellent. They're eighth in the nation in scoring. I don't think anybody scored a touchdown on them in the first half, which is unheard of after six football games. They've proved it over the last six football games that they're a top 10 defense in America. And that's something we're going have to deal with, and we're going to have to move the ball. Hopefully we score a touchdown in the first half and throughout the game."

On what to expect offensively for Saturday's game:

"I expect a great game. I don't know if it'll be high-scoring or low-scoring. I think it all depends on the flow of the game and how everybody reacts. But I do think you will see two really good football teams playing. Usually that equates into a littble bit of scoring because I think they have some playmakers and I think we have some playmakers, and I don't know if you can always hold them down on both sides of the ball continuously. And I know they'll find a way to try to get the ball to Williams more than they did last week, because when he carries the ball and catches the ball and does things, they seem like they're pretty successful."

Alex Rivera is the assistant sports editor of the UVU Review. You can contact him at arivera.2011@hotmail.com or through his Twitter account @A_River_Uh.

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