San Jose State's 45-13 win over UC Davis marked the Spartans' highest point total and largest margin of victory since Nov. 2007.
Superlatives of that nature are usually irrelevant when they come against a Football Championship Subdivision opponent, but that's not the case here.
The point total and victory margin matter because of the context:
Two years ago, the Spartans lost at home to UC Davis, whose quarterback then (Randy Wright) was its quarterback Saturday.
Compare the difference in final scores of SJSU's 2010 and 2012 games against Davis (an improvement of 31 points) and its 2011 and 2012 games against Stanford (an improvement of 51 points), and that's pretty fair indication of the progress.
Result: Beat UC Davis 45-13.
Comment: Tough to give the Spartans an A for beating an FCS opponent at home, even in resounding fashion.
When SJSU lost to Davis two years ago, there was very little difference in roster depth because of the Spartans' APR-related scholarship issues.
Now their roster is fully stocked, and the scoreboard reflects the disparity in depth between the teams, especially on the lines.
But let's wait for the Spartans to produce a 150+
They were plus-2 in turnover margin against Davis, converted 50 percent of their third down opportunities and scored touchdowns on five of seven trips inside the red zone.
"We've got to start faster, and we do start fast every day in practice to get that going. You want to finish with a win, but we've got to start faster in the future."
Johnson leads all active major college players in career sacks (23).
Not bad for a former two-star recruit who, as far as I know, had no other scholarship offers.
I can't help but wonder if the Spartans are better off with Fales than they would have been with Tate Forcier.
Forcier is talented, obviously; he started at Michigan as a true freshman. But Fales is clearly no slouch, and he also is a humble, hard-working, low maintenance and fully dedicated team player.
In other words, Fales' total package may give SJSU a better chance for success this season than Forcier would have.
Next up: vs. Colorado State.
The matchup: Last year's affair was entertaining -- SJSU wasted a big lead, then won in the final minute -- and this could be a repeat.
The Rams are capable of winning if the Spartans play with poor effort and/or execution.
But as was the case with Stanford and UC Davis, the Spartans have made more improvement in the past year or two than Colorado State.
And if you don't believe me, believe the experts: The Las Vegas oddsmakers.
Last year, the Spartans were a three-point underdog. This year, they're a 10-point favorite.