The San Jose State Spartans picked up right where they left off last season in their 2013 home opener, shutting out the Sacramento State Hornets 24-0 on Thursday night at Spartan Stadium, in front of a crowd of over 13,000.
Star quarterback David Fales had himself a solid start to the year, completing 16 of 32 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns.
After a slow start in the first quarter, Fales and his offense woke up in the second. He led two drives resulting in touchdowns in the quarter, one on a 31-yard pass to Chandler Jones and the other on a 15-yard strike to Noel Grigsby.
The Spartans added on their final score of the night in the third on an impressive 55-yard touchdown run by Jason Simpson.
Meanwhile, the defense was solid, limiting the Hornets to just 278 total yards — 192 passing and 86 rushing. They also forced two interceptions in the first quarter and two turnovers on downs in the third. They were also gifted by a couple of missed field goals that kept the Hornets off the scoreboard.
It was the first win in the San Jose State coaching career of Ron Caragher, who replaced Mike MacIntyre as head coach of the program in the offseason.
The Spartans have now won 14 of their last 16 games dating back to last season, which concluded in a victory in the Military Bowl and a spot on the top-25 in the BCS standings.
Up next for the Spartans will be a tough matchup against the Stanford Cardinal on the road.