To the surprise of some, it's a deserved second break.
At 3-1 -- their lone loss a narrow defeat at surprising Washington in the opener -- the Spartans have already equaled last season's win total.
This is San Jose State's first 3-1 start since 1987.
"We have got three important practices this week," San Jose State coach Dick Tomey said. "We are going to work on things we need to improve and try to work on some things that teams in our conference have done that may look a little different. We also look to get some good fundamental work in."
The Spartans return to action on Oct. 14, when they host Utah State. They'll play eight consecutive weeks through the conclusion of the regular-season.
While Tomey isn't surprised by the team's success, it has come with a somewhat bizarre twist. Left-hander Sean Flynn was brought in from the junior college ranks to replace incumbent quarterback Adam Tafralis and was No. 1 on the depth chart after spring practice. But Flynn was hampered by a groin strain in August, forcing Tomey to start Tafralis. Even after the junior was nothing short of brilliant in the first two games, Tomey seemed determine to give Flynn a chance to regain the starting job.
The chance never came. Flynn threw one pass against Stanford on Sept. 9 and has continued to battle the groin injury. Last Saturday, Tomey said Flynn would be out indefinitely.
Quarterback Myles Eden, a redshirt freshman, made his collegiate debut in the fourth quarter last Saturday against San Diego State and is now No. 2 on the depth chart. Once he returns from shoulder surgery, Chad Bozzo could also be in the mix. But Tafralis, who leads the nation in completion percentage, has finally secured his starting job.
SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The Spartans have averaged 28 points per game, and while the balance between the run and pass has been sporadic at best, it's hard to complain about the results. However, the running game will need more consistency for long-term success. QB Adam Tafralis isn't likely to complete 77 percent of his throws all season.
SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Also inconsistent, having allowed 45 second-quarter points and just seven in the third, the defense is anchored by the CB Dwight Lowery and his seven interceptions. More pressure is needed in the backfield, with opponents gaining nearly 5 yards a rush.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "You don't expect (cornerback) Dwight Lowery to have seven interceptions in four games. That's just an unbelievable number. Rakine Toomes has been as solidifying a factor on defense as anybody out there. Our freshman defensive linemen have performed very well, and (quarterback) Adam Tafralis has done as good a job doing the things we have told him to do as anyone I have ever seen. His improvement has been dramatic." -- San Jose State coach Dick Tomey
The Spartans begin conference play on Oct. 14, against Utah State.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR John Broussard -- Had his best day in the rout of San Diego State, with five catches for 167 yards and two touchdowns. For the season, the senior has 25 receptions for 306 yards.
"John has that breakaway speed that very few people have, and he clearly showed it on Saturday," San Jose State coach Dick Tomey said. "He creates a matchup problem with any defensive back because of his speed. The combination of he and James Jones is very good. They each complement one another, and together are an outstanding duo."
QB Adam Tafralis -- Expected to be the backup, Tafralis has completed 76.7 of his passes for 819 yards, with six touchdowns and two interceptions. His passing efficiency rating is 158.83.
CB Dwight Lowery -- The junior-college transfer has put up sweven interceptions in four games.
"Our coaches did a great job of evaluating and recruiting Dwight Lowery. He had some opportunities to go elsewhere, and we are very fortunate to have him on our team," Tomey said. "We felt he was a very good player, but we had no idea that he was going to do what he has done so far.
"His interception numbers in high school and junior college were mind-boggling, but we felt that this is a different level, and he's doing even better here. Who knows if it will continue, but he has made a dramatic impact on our team."
ROSTER REPORT: DT Freddy McCutcheon desperately wanted to play against his former teammates, but the transfer from San Diego State still hasn't recovered from a dislocated knee suffered in practice earlier this season. San Jose State coach Dick Tomey awarded McCutcheon a game ball, however. McCutcheon is expected to suit up against Utah State on Oct. 14 in the conference opener.
QB Myles Eden, a redshirt freshman, made his collegiate debut in the fourth quarter. His highlights included a 12-yard run and his first completion.
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