San Jose State (1-0, 1-0) vs. Sacramento State Wrap-Up
San Jose State Spartans beat Sacramento State Hornets 24-0.
San Jose State came away with the shut-out victory, but it was not as perfect as the score indicated (24-0). David Fales was the most accurate passer in the FBS last year with a 72.5% completion rating, but finished completing only half his passes (16-32) and 225 yards with one interception against Sacramento State. On the positive side Fales threw for two touchdown passes, and led the Spartans to victory number one under new head coach Ron Caragher. Fales struggled early as many of his passes were overthrown and failed to be in sync with the new offense. In his first 13 passes he only completed five, and the first four drives only resulted in a 37 yard field goal by Austin Lopez. Lopez has connected on all eighteen of his field goals at his career at San Jose State.
In the second quarter the offense took more shape as David Fales fired two touchdown passes. The first at the 12:43 mark to Chandler Jones from 31 yards, and the second to Noel Grigsby from fifteen yards, 26 seconds before the first half expired and finished the scoring at half time with Spartans leading the Hornets 17-0.
The running game was in top form. As Jason Simpson took over for starter Tyler Ervin, who was hurt on the second play of the game. Ervin was later seen on the sideline holding crutches, in apparent leg injury. Ervin finished with two carries for 2 yards, then Simpson stepped in and carried the ball twenty-one times for 135 yards (6.4 average) and one touchdown. The touchdown came on a electrifying 55 yard run in the 3rd quarter, as he weaved himself through the defense, and exploded down the left side for the score. Simpson’s touchdown put the finishing touches on the Spartans 24-0 win. He may be leaned on heavily now, if Ervin has a serious leg issue.
Receiving leaders for the Spartans were Chandler Jones, who had a stellar game with eight receptions 130 yards and one touchdown, and Noel Grigsby also had a solid game with four receptions 51 yards and a touchdown.
The defense played well, forcing two interceptions and allowed just 192 yards passing from Garrett Safron. They also kept Sacramento State below 100 yards rushing (86) on twenty-two attempts. The Spartans completed the shut out win, even though the Hornets had twelve more minutes in time of possession. Bené Benwikere’s 10th career interception set up the Lopez field goal.
• This was the first game between the Spartans and the Hornets
• First victory in opening game since 2008 when they beat UC Davis 17-13
• Caragher is the first coach to win his San Jose State debut since Dick Tomey in 2005.
• The last coach to have a winning record in his first season was Ron Turner (7-4) in 1992.
• SJSU coaches are 12-14-2 in their opening games.
Presented by Michael Valverde