SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Elijah Dotson continued his remarkable season, rushing for 183 yards and a touchdown and surpassing 1,000 yards this year but it was not enough in Sacramento State 41-14 loss to Portland State on Saturday night at Hornet Stadium.
The Vikings improved to 4-4 overall and 3-2 in Big Sky Conference games after going winless a year ago. The Hornets dropped to 2-6 overall and 0-5 in league games.
Dotson recorded his fifth straight 100-yard game making him just the third player to do so in school history. The sophomore joined Charles Roberts who had streaks of 16 and five consecutive games over the century mark as well as Bryan Hilliard (six) and Troy Mills (10). Dotson averaged 9.6 yards per carry and scored on an 83-yard run in the fourth quarter. The Sacramento native now has six carries of at least 50 yards this season.
His performance also took him over 1,000 yards this year making him the first Sacramento State running back to hit the mark since Bryan Hilliard in 2008. Dotson is now averaging 132.2 yards per game overall and 171.0 yards in conference games this season.
Portland State also had a strong ground attack of its own. The Vikings accumulated 341 rushing yards and were led by quarterback Jalani Eason who had 165 yards and two touchdowns. Eason shared time with Davis Alexander who threw for 180 yards, including 143 to Mataio Talalemotu.
PSU also capitalized on three Hornet turnovers, converting each into a touchdown. After Sacramento State closed its deficit on a 45-yard touchdown catch from Pierre Williams, Portland State scored the next 24 points of the game to put the contest out of reach.
The Hornets also played a pair of quarterbacks in the game. Wyatt Clapper completed 7-of-15 passes for 127 yards. True freshman Hamish McClure saw limited action in the second half where he rushed for eight yards and was 0-for-1 on pass attempts. Williams set career highs with six receptions for 89 yards and scored his fourth touchdown of the season.
Caelan Barnes led the defense with seven tackles. Allen Perryman added sixth and four players had five stops, including Marcus Kirkpatrick who also grabbed his first career interception.
The Hornets will next travel to Ogden, Utah to face Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. PT.
12:14 - After a 30-yard punt return from Beau Kelly took the ball into Sacramento State territory, Portland State scored the game's first points on a 38-yard field goal from Cody Williams.
14:54 - The Vikings needed just six seconds in the second quarter to score the game's first touchdown. Sirgeo Williams found the left edge on 3rd-and-1 to score on a 26-yard run. That capped a 12-play, 91-yard drive which ate 6:12 off the clock.
11:59 - Sacramento State answered quickly to pull within three at 10-7. The team converted two third downs during the series including a 3rd-and 14 in which Dotson rushed for 24 yards. The score came on a 45-yard pass to Williams who caught the ball in the middle of the field and slipped out of a couple of tackles.
11:44 - Just one play later, Talalemotu used a double move to create separation and scored an 81-yard touchdown. The pass play was the first allowed by the Hornets this year longer that 45 yards.
5:50 - Romeo Gunt intercepted a pass to set up the Vikings' next touchdown. Following the turnover, PSU used nine plays to go 49 yards with the score coming on a 5-yard rush from Darian Green.
7:59 - PSU pushed its lead to 27-7 on a 37-yard field goal from Williams for the only points by either team in the period.
10:48 - The Vikings' first drive of the fourth quarter started at their own 3-yard line after recovering a fumble. The team only gained two yards on the first two plays until Eason converted a 3rd-and-8 with an 11-yard rush. The Hornet defense also limited Portland State on the next two plays setting up a second 3rd-and-8 where Eason gashed the team with an 82-yard run up the middle for a score.
10:06 - Dotson answered the score by outdoing Eason by a year. The sophomore broke free for an 83-yard touchdown to make the score 34-14.
7:06 - PSU tuned an interception from Ryan Lesch into a touchdown when Eason scored from 47 yards out on the first play of the drive.