CAL POLY RELIES ON RUSHING ATTACK IN WIN OVER FOOTBALL
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly rushed for 424 yards and Chris Brown threw four touchdowns as the Mustangs defeated Sacramento State, 42-7, Saturday night at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
The Mustangs improved to 5-5 overall and 4-2 in Big Sky Conference games. The Hornets fell to 4-6 and 3-3.
Akaninyene Umoh led the Cal Poly rushing attack with 129 yards and a touchdown and Kristaan Ivory added 118 yards to lead the charge. In all, 10 different Mustangs carried the ball in the game as the 424 were the most allowed by Sacramento State in school history.
Cal Poly took immediate control of the game when Alex Hubbard returned the opening kickoff 76 yards which set up a 16-yard pass from Brown to Cole Stanford. After Sacramento State failed to convert a 4th-and-1at the Cal Poly 28-yard line, the Mustangs pushed their lead to 14-0 with a 14-yard reception from Austin Albison.
Sacramento State's lone touchdown of the game came midway through the third quarter when Garrett Safron connected with DeAndre Carter for a 15-yard touchdown on a 4th-and-2 play. The touchdown was the 13th of the season for Carter, placing him just one off Mike Carter's school record from 1969.
The Mustangs led 21-7 at the half after Brown's third passing touchdown of the game.
The second half was dominated by the Mustangs who outscored the Hornets, 21-0, and limited the team to 62 yards of offense over the final two quarters. Umoh struck first with a 69-yard run up the middle of the field. Jordan Hines added a 20-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter and Matt Rulon accounted for the final score with a 2-yard rush with 4:43 remaining.
Safron finished the night 24-of-43 for 204 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. His TD throw to Carter was his 23rd of the season which tied the Sacramento State single-season record. The junior was also the team's leading rusher with 25 yards on 10 carries. Morris Norrise caught five passes for 83 yards to lead the team in both categories.
Todd Davis, who entered the game as the Big Sky's leading tackler, was credited for 14 stops, including a pair for loss. Russell Smith added 10 while Dexter Alcala and Darnell Sankey each had eight.
Brown made the most of limited pass attempts, completing 6-of-10 throws for 66 yards and four TDs. Stanford caught three passes for 27 with two touchdowns.
Sacramento State will next play at Portland State on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m.
NOTES: Cal Poly took a 17-16 lead in the all-time series…the Hornets have not won in San Luis Obispo since 1999…Justin Weldon averaged 45.0 yards on six punts…the Hornets were 2-of-5 on fourth-down tries.