SAN JOSE -- San Jose State could be headed for another 400-yard passing game when it takes on San Diego State at Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday.

The Spartans (2-1) threw for 429 yards last week during a 40-20 rout of Colorado State, and the Aztecs (2-1) allowed 434 yards and four touchdowns through the air in a tighter-than-expected 49-41 victory over North Dakota.

"We couldn't stop a pass last week, so we're pretty nervous about trying to stop one this week," San Diego State coach Rocky Long said about the clash with the Spartans.

The Aztecs' defense had appeared to be a strength in their first two games, in which they gave up a total of 28 points during a close loss at Washington and a one-sided win against Army.

"North Dakota has a very good quarterback," SJSU coach Mike MacIntyre said. "That's why they were able to score a few points. But I think (San Diego State is) very good on defense, and they'll have it honed up and ready to go."

The Aztecs have an effective passing game as well, led by senior Ryan Katz, a former starter at Oregon State.

"He has an extremely strong arm, but he can really run," MacIntyre said of Katz. "He has a way to improvise and pull the ball down and run, so we're going to have to keep him in the pocket."

Katz lost his starting job early last season with the Beavers and transferred after the season. Because he had already graduated from Oregon State, he was immediately eligible to play at any school outside the Pac-12 if he enrolled as a graduate student.


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San Jose State was among the schools Katz contacted, and the Spartans offered him a scholarship. But SJSU also had an offer out to David Fales, who accepted before Katz made a decision.

"I don't know if he would've come here or not, but I really liked Ryan," MacIntyre said. "I think he's a really good quarterback."

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