SAN JOSE -- David Fales continues to add to his San Jose State legacy after delivering perhaps the best game of his Spartans' career.

While he is the glue that holds the team together, the Spartans' freshman class continues to shine. For the third straight game, first-year players accounted for three of SJSU's touchdowns in a victory.

In Saturday's 51-44 win over Wyoming, Tim Crawley and Shane Smith had their first career touchdowns and Tyler Winston found the end zone for the third straight game.

"Our young guys, our team, is stepping up and making big plays," SJSU coach Ron Caragher said.

The Spartans freshman class has accounted for nine touchdowns this season, all in victories. Winston has already caught 24 passes for 506 yards and three touchdowns despite not playing the first two games of the year and not getting major playing time until the fourth.

"He's going to be a beast," Fales said of Winston. "It's crazy to see what he's going to do in a couple years. He's got that Noel (Grigsby) instinct. He makes plays. He knows how to feel it and get open and he goes up and fights for the ball."

Jarrod Lawson, a freshman running back, had his third straight big game. This was his biggest, rushing for a career high 128 yards. He has 315 yards rushing and 104 yards receiving in his past three games.


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Smith has been an effective fullback who is primarily a blocker. But his first touchdown gave SJSU its first lead of the game at 36-30 in the third quarter.

And while he didn't find the end zone, freshman tight end Billy Freeman had his best game. He caught six passes for 119 yards, including a 33-yard catch on fourth-and-1 in the fourth quarter that set up the winning score.

All of a sudden the future -- and the present -- looks bright for the Spartans.

"The more guys play in big games in close moments, the more the guys are testing and the more you feel confident in playing them," Caragher said.

  • San Jose State's 642 yards of total offense is the ninth-highest total of all-time. The 482 passing yards is the eighth-highest total. It's the first time in school history the Spartans have topped 600 yards of offense in back-to-back weeks.

  • The 22 points scored in the third quarter is a season-high for SJSU and the 37 second-half points are the most since scoring 42 in a 70-63 win over Rice in 204.

  • Jones' three receiving touchdowns in the second time this year he's accomplished the feat and 17th time its been done in SJSU history.

  • Fales now has 50 career passing touchdowns, placing him nine away from Steve Clarkson's career record of 59.

  • Wyoming's 93-yard touchdown pass from Brett Smith to Robert Herron is the longest play from scrimmage ever against SJSU.

  • Smith, one of the top dual threat quarterback in the country, was held to minus-three yards rushing on seven carries. Spartans' linebacker Keith Smith was in charge of spying Smith throughout the game and finished with 12 tackles. The SJSU linebacker now has 101 tackles in seven games this year.

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