For the second time this season, senior defensive end Travis Johnson has been named the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Johnson recorded eight tackles including three for a loss of 15 yards in SJSUs shutout 12-0 victory over Navy on Saturday. Johnson also forced a first-quarter fumble at the SJSU nine yard line, the deepest Navy drive into Spartan territory of the entire game. What impresses me the most about Travis Johnson is every day he comes to work, head coach Mike MacIntyre said Monday. He shows up every Saturday. I dont think there has been a Saturday since Ive been here he hasn't shown up. Hes the heart and soul of our defense. Johnsons performance heavily aided the Spartans to their first shutout in nine years when they beat Grambling State 29-0 in 2003 at Spartan Stadium. It was their first road shutout victory since a 42-0 win at UNLV in 1988 and is the seventh road shutout in school history. Anytime you shut out someone its pretty amazing in todays football with all the scoring points you see all the time, MacIntyre said. Its looks like the total if youre holding somebody until 50 youre doing a good day the way this weekend went.Johnson has recorded a tackle for a loss in 11 straight games, the most by any active FBS player. He ranks second in the nation with 7.5 sacks and third in tackles for a loss with 12.5. An SJSU player has now been recognized by the WAC for the fourth consecutive week. First it was Johnson in week two, then linebacker Vince Buhagiar the following week for defensive performances and kick returner Tyler Ervin took special teams honors last week.Freshman kicker Austin Lopez was nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week for converting 4-of-4 field goals and scoring all of SJSUs points on Saturday. Junior tight end Ryan Otten was nominated for Offensive Player of the Week. Otten caught eight passes for 94 yards. INJURY REPORT Both linebacker Keith Smith (ankle) and wide receiver Jabari Carr (turf toe) did not play in Saturdays win but should be able to use this weeks bye to recover in time for Utah State on Oct. 13. MacIntyre said Carr could have played Saturday but said he wasnt quite there. He added that if the team would have suffered an injury, Carr could have seen some time.As for Smith, MacIntyre said the team decided he was ready to go on Saturday but said Smith was walking around on it fine Monday and should get back to football activities by the end of this week.We came out of the game with some bumps and bruises, some guys have to take it off here for a few days to give them some rest but theyll be able to go Sunday, MacInyre said. RANKING SJSU received four votes in Sundays USA Today Poll Coaches Poll and is now ranked 38th in the country. The team is 4-1 for the first time since 2006, the year the team went on to win the New Mexico Bowl.
Alabama will play Washington and Ohio State is set to face Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinals.
The selection committee stayed with the same top four as it had going into championship weekend, leaving out Penn State even though the Nittany Lions won the Big Ten title game and beat Ohio State earlier in the season.
The Buckeyes are the first team to reach the playoff in its three-year history without winning its conference.
The unbeaten Crimson Tide is in the playoff for the third straight season and is the top seed for the second time. They will play the fourth-ranked Huskies in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 31.
No. 2 Ohio State is making its second playoff appearance and No. 3 Clemson is in for the second consecutive season. The Buckeyes and Tigers will meet at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, on Dec. 31.
The one difference from last week's top four and the final one was Clemson and Ohio State switched spots. So the Tigers will wear the home jerseys in University of Phoenix stadium instead of the Buckeyes.
Selection committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said the decision came down not to Penn State and Ohio State but the Nittany Lions and Pac-12 champion Washington.
Penn State finished the season on a nine-game winning streak to make a strong closing statement.
"Had Washington had a stronger strength of schedule I do not think that conversation would have been as difficult," said Hocutt, who is also the Texas tech athletic director.
The selection protocol does not require the committee to pick conference champions or the winner of head-to-head matchups.
Alabama has played Washington four times previously, twice in bowls and not since 1986.
Ohio State and Clemson have played twice before, both in bowl games. The last time was 2014.
BERKELEY -- Ivan Rabb scored 18 of his career-high 26 points in the first half and California beat Alcorn State 83-59 on Saturday for its 25th consecutive home win.
Roger Moute a Bidias added 12 points and Kingsley Okoroh had seven points with nine rebounds to help the Golden Bears (6-1) to their fourth consecutive win.
Three days after setting his previous career best for scoring, Rabb shot 10 of 12 and had seven rebounds to lead a dominant effort down low by California. Rabb scored on a pair of putbacks in the first half, added a one-handed dunk off a lob pass from Charlie Moore then scored six points as part of an 11-2 run in the second half.
Moore, the Bears' leading scorer going into the game, had an off-game while filling in for point guard Grant Mullins. Moore missed his first six shots and finished with seven points and four assists.
Alcorn State (2-5) couldn't keep up and lost its third straight.
Reginal Johnson scored a season-high 17 points and had seven rebounds while Marquis Vance added 11 points for the Braves.
Cal went on runs of 9-0 and 7-0 during an eight-minute span to build a 44-25 halftime lead.
Alcorn State: Three consecutive lopsided losses have second-year coach Montez Robinson's squad reeling. The problems are happening on both ends of the floor, though Johnson provided a lift offensively. The biggest issues are consistency and 3-point shooting. The Braves went 5 of 21 beyond the arc and are shooting under 30 percent for the season.
California: The Bears got on top early and never let the Braves get back into the game, a definite step up after California had troubles closing out games earlier this season. Getting Moute a Bidias going is another good sign as the team tries to find some complementary scoring to support Rabb. Moore started at point guard in place of Mullins, who flew to Canada following a death in his family. Mullins will rejoin the team in Hawaii.
Alcorn State: The Braves continue their six-game road trip at Louisiana Tech on Monday night.
California: The Bears left immediately after the win to fly to Hawaii for a pair of games in the Pearl Harbor Invitational. California opens against Princeton on Tuesday night.