San Jose State is the Surprise of the WAC!

Tomey takes the "fan walk" before SLO game (DeBoe)

Conference play is still three weeks away, and it's obvious that SJSU is the surprise of the WAC. And with Washington's win over UCLA this weekend, San Jose's narrow defeat to the Huskies is looking impressive. The Spartan offensive line is anchoring a solid performance, and kicker, Jared Stubeck, kicked his eighth consecutive field goal, dating to last season. San Diego State (0-3) is up next.

While conference play is still three weeks away, it's obvious that this team is the surprise of the WAC. And with Washington's win over UCLA this weekend, San Jose's narrow defeat to the Huskies in the opener is looking impressive, too.

After a week off following an upset victory at Stanford, the Spartans defeated Cal Poly, the third-ranked Division 1-AA team in the country, 17-7.

"Nobody on our team has ever been 2-1 at San Jose State," Coach Dick Tomey said. "That's four victories in a row at home, which is our longest streak since 1991."

Saturday, San Diego State visits Spartan Stadium, where fans are beginning to feel some football fever.

"Momentum is huge. Every game is precious," Tomey said. "... We had to like people saying that we are a good team, but it's easier to beat somebody when nobody thinks you can play. It's tougher every week. It will be tougher next week. The guys are listening, and doing what we are asking them to do."

GAME BALL GOES TO: CB Dwight Lowery -- Three interceptions returned for 42 yards, four tackles and a pass breakup. Lowery has five interceptions this season.

"It's about preparation. It's about mental preparation," Lowery said. "You know you have the physical ability to play at this level. It's all mental up until the game. You just have to trust yourself. I've gotten used to going to (the opponent's) No. 1 receiver. I like the challenge of covering the No. 1 receiver."

KEEP AN EYE ON: K Jason Strubeck -- The sophomore drilled a 46-yard field goal in the win over Cal Poly. It marked his eighth consecutive field goal, dating to last season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm not sure I've ever been around another player with his instincts. In fact, I haven't. He has shown it in high school, in junior college and now here. Words are insufficient to describe the kinds of things he has done. Three interceptions is like a running back rushing for 400 yards. That is a good year for some people. It was just a marvelous performance on Dwight's part." -- San Jose State coach Dick Tomey on CB Dwight Lowery's three interceptions against Cal Poly

LOOKING GOOD: Coach Dick Tomey wasn't thrilled with the matchup against Cal Poly and was happy to earn a victory. Several I-AA teams have pulled off upsets this season and Poly came in ranked third nationally at its level. WR James Jones -- Nine receptions for 92 yards and a 49-yard punt return. A top possession receiver, Jones set up the last score with his return deep into Cal Poly territory.

WR John Broussard -- While he gained only 47 yards, Broussard tied a career-high with eight receptions.

LB Damaja Jones -- The senior led the defense with eight tackles, two stops for loss, a forced fumble and a sack.

STILL NEEDS WORK: After scoring 64 points against two Pac-10 programs, San Jose State sputtered offensively with 17 points against Cal Poly.

QB Adam Tafralis -- Not his best game, but he did complete 20 of 31 attempts for 152 yards with an interception.

"(Cal Poly) came at us. We knew it would happen," Tafralis said. "We just weren't sure of how we would respond. The end result is a win, but no offensive player is overly excited about how we did. We can play better.

"We did a good job of taking care of the football. The interception was 100 percent my fault. I should have thrown it away or tucked it and ran. We showed glimpses, but the dominating team that I know we can be, didn't show it at times. My hat's off to the defense.

"That's as close as you can get to a shutout. Our offensive line, as always, played great."

ROSTER REPORT: QB Sean Flynn did not play, which was surprising as San Jose State coach Dick Tomey has talked about playing two quarterbacks.

"Adam (Tafralis) has done a fantastic job. But we've got two quarterbacks that can play, and we are going to play them, Tomey said. Today was the best job Adam has done. He had a lot of heat, a lot of pressure. It was tough back there."

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