San Jose State took a glimpse at its future, and it helped deliver a 37-27 win at Hawaii.

Several freshmen played starring roles as the Spartans (2-3, 1-1 Mountain West) snapped a three-game losing streak.

There was the three-headed freshman running attack of Tim Crawley, Jarrod Lawson and Thomas Tucker combining for 230 yards, the breakthrough performance of wide receiver Tyler Winston in his first start and the full-blown emergence of linebacker Christian Tago. It added up to a much-needed victory for SJSU.

"The common theme tonight was freshmen," Spartans coach Ron Caragher said after Saturday night's game. "I was just proud of how they were able to step up. We had reservations as to how they would handle it having never played a college snap."

Freshmen scored three of SJSU's touchdowns. Tight end Billy Freeman's first career touchdown gave the Spartans a 17-14 lead in the second quarter they'd never relinquish. Lawson's first trip to the end zone came on a 39-yard run to make it 27-14 just before half.

After a quick Hawaii three-and-out, SJSU tried to get greedy and score again, but quarterback David Fales was sacked at the Hawaii 48-yard line on fourth down.

That's when Tago announced his presence. He already had his first career sack earlier in the game and then delivered his first interception to prevent the Rainbow Warriors from closing the gap.

Winston kept it going for the youngsters to start the second half, catching a 27-yard touchdown pass to cap a run of 31 unanswered points for SJSU. He led the Spartans with six catches for 159 yards.

The effort from the freshmen set the tone for the game and might provide a spark for a team on the hunt for additional playmakers after being ravaged by injury.

"I'm glad that my class is stepping up, because I feel like we came in here with a really good class last year," Tago said. "I feel like we could contribute to the team as much as anybody else."

The team's best rushing attack of the year was delivered by the unlikeliest of trios. Crawley is a 5-foot-7, 169-pound converted wide receiver and former walk-on who was placed on scholarship just before the start of this season after redshirting last year. He had 93 yards on 21 carries.

The 5-8, 198-pound Lawson is the most powerful of the three and is a walk-on redshirt freshman who rushed for 89 yards on 12 carries.

Tucker is a 5-10, 177-pound true freshman who had 48 yards on 12 attempts in his collegiate debut. He was expected to redshirt up until this past week, when the Spartans moved him from the scout team, converted him from wide receiver and got him involved in the game plan.

"It's always good to have contributions from everybody on the team," Crawley said. "It's just good when my fellow freshmen make big plays and we get excited. It's a good atmosphere when everybody's on deck, all hands are on deck."

Correspondent Wes Nakama contributed to this report. Follow Jimmy Durkin at Twitter.com/Jimmy_Durkin.