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A BRIEF PREVIEW
The Sacramento State football returns to Hornet Stadium for the third time in four weeks when it welcomes Northern Colorado on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 6:05 p.m. The game will also serve as the culmination of the University's Homecoming week.
There will be multiple ways to follow this week's game. Hornet fans can tune in to KTKZ 1380 AM (The Answer) to hear the radio call of Jason Ross, Steve McElroy and Danny Sullivan. Live audio streaming is also available via www.hornetsports.com and on the iHeart Radio application for mobile devices.
This week's game will not be televised but can be seen on WatchBigSky.com The service is free but requires viewers to register.
Sacramento State enters with a 2-3 overall record and a 1-0 mark in Big Sky Conference games after winning at Weber State, 31-3, last Saturday. The victory was the first for the team in Ogden, Utah, and gave the Hornets a 1-0 start in Big Sky play for just the fourth time in school history. A victory this weekend over Northern Colorado would provide Sacramento State its first 2-0 start to league play for the first time since joining the Big Sky 18 years ago.
Garrett Safron and DeAndre Carter continued to be the catalysts for the Hornet offense. Safron threw four touchdown passes, including three to Carter, in the game. The pair have now connected for nine touchdowns over the last three games.
Defensively, Sacramento State held Weber State without a touchdown. The unit combined for four sacks and nine tackles-for-loss in the game while limiting the Wildcats to 234 yards. Todd Davis (16) and Darnell Sankey (10) each had double-digit tackles.
Northern Colorado is 1-4 overall and 0-1 in league games after falling at home to Southern Utah, 27-21. The Bears led 7-3 early in the second quarter but eventually trailed 27-14 before scoring a late touchdown.
Seth Lobato started the first three games at quarterback where he threw for 828 yards and six touchdowns before leaving due to injury. Tim Tancik has started the last two games, and has played in five total this season, with five touchdowns and three interceptions. UNC has one of the most talented receiving corps in the Big Sky led by Jace Davis (28 rec., 309 yds., 4 TD), Dimitri Stimphil (24 rec., 441 yds., 3 TD) and Will Jefferson (20 rec., 243 yds., 1 TD).
The linebacking duo of Max Flores and Clarence Bumpas are the team leaders in tackles. Flores has 49 total with five for loss. Bumpas has 37 total stops with two TFLs.
Marshall Sperbeck is in his seventh season as the head coach at Sacramento State. During that span, Sperbeck has produced a 32-40 overall record. For a complete bio, please see page 2.
Northern Colorado is coached by Earnest Collins, Jr., who is in his third season leading the Bears. The former standout at UNC is 6-21 in his return to his alma mater.
Sacramento State leads the all-time series, 7-0. Five of the seven games have been decided by nine points or less, including last season's 28-17 non-conference game at Hornet Stadium. The most dramatic Hornet victory came on a Hail Mary as time expired in 2009 (38-35).
SANKEY EARNS PAIR OF HONORS
• Sacramento State sophomore Darnell Sankey was named the FCS National Defensive Player of the Week by The Sports Network as well as the ROOT Sports Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
• In the team's 31-3 win at Weber State, Sankey dominated the line of scrimmage, recording a career high 10 tackles, including 4.5 for loss and three sacks. The San Jose, Calif., native also forced and recovered a fumble after sacking Wildcat quarterback Jordan Adamczyk.
• On the season, Sankey ranks third on the team with 33 total tackles while also leading the squad with 6.0 TFLs and 4.5 sacks.
• As a true freshman in 2012, Sankey recorded 13 total tackles with a sack in 11 games.
WEBER STATE REHASH
• Sacramento State won in Ogden, Utah, for the first time in nine tries. The Hornets had only played within seven points of the Wildcats in two of the previous eight losses.
• The three points allowed against Weber State were the second fewest by Sacramento State all-time in a Big Sky Conference game. The fewest was a 14-0 win in a deluge at Northern Colorado in 2011.
• The game marked only the fifth time that the Hornets held a Big Sky opponent without a touchdown.
• Sacramento State improved to 4-14 all-time in Big Sky openers and won for the first time when beginning the conference season on the road.
• The loss was the worst for Weber State at home in nine years and the team's worst against a Big Sky opponent in 10 seasons.
• Through the first four games of the year, Sacramento State had not recovered a fumble by its opposition. That all changed on Saturday when the Hornets jumped on four loose balls against Weber State. The four fumble recoveries matched the season total from last season.
• The defensive line accounted for all four fumble recoveries as Sankey, Nathan Castro, Antonio Hayes and Ben Cowger each tallied a recovery. Sankey, Hayes and safety Robert Beale were all credited with a forced fumble.
• The only negative note for the team was the fact that Sacramento State was only able to convert the four turnovers into three points.
CARTER FINDS HOME IN END ZONE
• With three more touchdowns at Weber State, DeAndre Carter has moved to the top of Div. I with nine receiving touchdowns on the season. All nine of Carter's nine TDs have come in the last three games and the total places him in a tie with Eastern Illinois' Erik Lora for the FCS lead. Brandin Cooks of Oregon State also has nine to lead the FBS.
• Carter began his streak against Southern Oregon where he was named the Co-Offensive FCS National Player of the Week by The Sports Network after catching 12 passes for 122 yards and a school record five touchdowns. His reception total tied him for third place in school history and was the most by a Hornet since 2004.
• A week later against Southern Utah, he had five receptions for 56 yards and also found the end zone one time.
• This past week, Carter eclipsed his career high with 148 receiving yards on eight receptions with three touchdowns. He scored on two 15-yard receptions in the second quarter and added a 51-yard touchdown reception early in the third quarter.
• Carter has become just the third player in school history to catch at least three touchdown passes in a game twice, joining Mike Carter and Eric Harrington.
• Carter did not catch a touchdown pass as a freshman in 2011 where he had 11 receptions for 161 yards. Last year, he got off to a great start, scoring touchdowns in each of the first four games. However, he did not find the end zone for the remainder of the season, finishing with 32 catches for 344 yards.
• Carter is quickly moving up the school career and single-season list for touchdown receptions:
Career Receiving Touchdowns, Total, Needs
4. Lamont Webb, 1997-2000, 16, 3
5. Tony Washington, 2007-08, 15, 2
Eric Harrington, 1992-93, 15, 2
7. Mark Young, 1986-88, 14, 1
8. Brandyn Reed, 2009-11, 13, ---
DeAndre Carter, 2011-pres., 13 , ---
Single Season Receiving TDs, Total, Needs
1. Mike Carter, 1969, 14, 5
2. Tony Washington, 2008, 12, 3
3. Mitch Oliver, 1995, 11, 2
4. DeAndre Carter, 2013, 9, ---
Fred Amey, 2002, 9, ---
Eric Harrington, 1993, 9, ---
MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME
• Through the first nine quarters of the season, Garrett Safron had not thrown a touchdown. The junior then threw a school record seven over the next three quarters and overtime against Southern Oregon and has added six more in the last two games. Despite the slow start to the year, Safron is now ninth in the FCS with 13 passing touchdowns this season.
• Safron's seven passing touchdowns broke Ryan Leadingham's record of six against Idaho State in 2003. He enters this week's game tied with Jason Smith for second in school history with 38 career touchdown passes.
• To put the seven touchdowns against SOU in perspective, his single-game effort was greater than or equal to the Hornet team leader in four seasons since 1990.
• His 34 completions against Southern Oregon are the second most only behind his 37 from last season's Causeway Classic. He also moved into a tie for third place with 52 pass attempts.
• In his first full year as a starter (2012), Safron set the Sacramento State single season record with 246 completions and a 64.2 completion percentage. He also ranked second with 383 attempts and 22 touchdowns.
• Below is where he ranks in school history:
Career Passing Yards, Total, Needs
5. Ricky Ray, 1999-2000, 4,622, 524
6. Garrett Safron, 2011-pres., 4,098, ---
Career Passing Touchdowns, Total, Needs
1. Ryan Leadingham, 2001-04, 50, 12
2. Jason Smith, 2007-09, 38, ---
Garrett Safron, 2011-pres., 38, ---
Career Passing Attempts, Tota, Needs
4. Mike Sullivan, 1981-83, 663, 43
5. Garrett Safron, 2011-pres., 620, ---
Career Passing Completions, Total, Needs
2. Jason Smith, 2007-09, 442, 60
3. Garrett Safron, 2011-pres., 382, ---
LIVING THE HIGH LIFE
• Senior Justin Weldon took full advantage of the elevation at Weber State, crushing seven punts for an average of 51.4 yards.
• Weldon matched his career high with a 68-yard effort in the second quarter. That kick was his third of that distance during his career and ties him for fifth in school history.
• Weldon is now averaging 45.5 yards per punt this season on 32 attempts. That average ranks second in the Big Sky and places him fifth in the FCS. If he maintains that pace, he will shatter the school record of 44.05 by Steve Thorns in 1997.
• In his two years at Sacramento State after transferring from Fresno City JC, Weldon is averaging 44.06 yards per punt. The best career average by a Hornet punter with at least 50 attempts belongs to Doyle Brunson who averaged 42.27 from 1968-69.
MO ON THE MOVE
• Senior Morris Norrise extended his streak to 19-straight games in which he's played with a catch. In fact, Norrise has had two receptions in every game and four or more in 17 of the 19.
• Norrise leads the team with 34 receptions this season and is second with 360 yards and three touchdowns. Last season, he set career highs with 60 receptions and 777 yards.
• The Berkeley, Calif., native was named to the 2013 Big Sky preseason team and was a second team all-conference selection following last season. He was honorable mention all-Big Sky the previous two years.
• Norrise either is in second place of every major career receiving record at Sacramento State. Below is a look at where Norrise ranks on the Sacramento State career lists:
Career Receptions, Total, Needs
1. Fred Amey, 2001-04, 248, 81
2. Morris Norrise, 2010-pres., 167, ---
Career Receiving Yards, Total, Needs
1. Fred Amey, 2001-04, 4,049, 1,967
2. Morris Norrise, 2010-pres., 2,082, ---
Career Receiving Touchdowns, Total, Needs
1. Fred Amey, 2001-04, 27, 9
2. Morris Norrise, 2010-pres., 18, ---
DAVIS SEEING DOUBLE
• With double-digit tackles in each of the last three games, Todd Davis has become the Big Sky leader. The senior most recently posted a career high 16 stops at Weber State, raising his season total of 54.
• In the last three games alone, Davis has 41 tackles beginning with 12 against Southern Oregon before being credited with 13 against Southern Utah. The last Hornet to have 10-plus tackles in three consecutive games was Cyrus Mulitalo in 2006 (14 at EWU, 10 vs. WSU, 12 vs. MSU).
• Davis has led the team in tackles the past two seasons, tallying 96 in 2011 and 103 in 2012. Last year's total also included a team-best 13.5 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks. That effort helped him be named second team all-Big Sky.
• The Palmdale, Calif., native has made a couple of changes in 2013. The first came when he changed his jersey number to No. 53 after wearing No. 91 the previous three years. The second will be on the field as he moves from outside linebacker to middle linebacker where he replaces the graduated Jeff Badger.
• Since moving to the FCS in 1993, Sacramento State has had five different linebackers earn All-America honors and 22 named all-Big Sky Conference.
• Below is a list of where Davis ranks in school history:
Career Tackles, Total, Needs
4. Matt Logue, 2002-05, 306, 32
5. Peter Buck, 2007-10, 274, ---
Todd Davis, 2010-pres., 274, ---
Career Tackles-For-Loss, Total, Needs
7. Christian Clark, 2007-10, 31.0, 7.0
8. Tyson Butler, 2003-06, 24.0, 1.0
9. Nick Echols, 1997-98, 23.0 , ---
Todd Davis, 2010-pres., 23.0, ---
JUST THE FACTS
• Sacramento State's games against Southern Oregon and Southern Utah marked the first time that the Hornets played consecutive overtime games in school history.
• The 63 points scored against Southern Oregon were tied for the fourth most in school history and the most since 2003.
• The team tied the school record with 101 plays against SOU.
• Nine touchdowns were tied the school record while nine successful PATs set a new mark.
• The Hornets are minus-17 in turnover margin dating back to the start of last season. Last year, the team forced 18 fumbles but recovered only four.
• Bill Laveroni (offensive line) and Fred Kelley (tight ends/special teams) are both in their first seasons on the Hornet staff. Laveroni has coached at nearly every level of football from high school to the NFL career. Kelley is back after spending last season as the offensive line coach at Humboldt State.
• Sperbeck's 13 career road wins are the third most in school history. Ray Clemons won 35 games in 15 years and Bob Mattos won 34 in 15 years.
• Prior to being shutout at San Jose State, Sacramento State had scored in 68 straight games and at least a touchdown in 43 consecutive games.
• The 55-point margin of defeat at Arizona State is tied for the fifth largest in school history.
• The team's six first downs at ASU are tied for the third fewest in program history.
COACHES LUNCHEONS RETURN
• The Hornet Club Football Luncheons returned on Monday, Sept. 9, at Buca di Beppo on Howe and Hurley. The luncheons will feature head coach Marshall Sperbeck as well as a student-athlete and will take place from 12 -1 p.m. There will be no luncheon on Oct. 7 due to the Bob Mattos Memorial Golf Tournament.
• The luncheons will take place each Monday throughout the season. For $12 patrons will receive salad, entree, bread, desert and drink.
BIG SKY NOTES
• The Big Sky/ROOT Sports Players of the Week were:
Offense: Cody Kirk, RB, Montana State
In just 13 carries had 112 yards and five TDs in a 63-20 win at North Dakota.
Defense: Darnell Sankey, DL, Sacramento State
Had 10 tackles, including 4.5 for loss, with three sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery in a 31-3 win at Weber State.
ST: Colton Cook, K, Southern Utah & Brady Stuart, K, UCD
Cook made field goals of 36 and 48 in a 27-21 win at Northern Colorado.
Stuart made field goals of 36, 34 and 20 yards in the first half of a win over Idaho State.