SACRAMENTO, Calif. --- The No. 6 Sacramento State football team had its four-game winning streak snapped and the team suffered its first loss this season with a 36-17 setback against No. 3 Weber State at Hornet Stadium.
The win improved the Wildcats to 7-2 overall and gave the team sole possession of first place in the conference with a 5-0 mark. The Hornets dropped to 6-3 overall and 4-1 in league play which is tied for second place alongside Montana.
Weber State followed the same formula which has provided success throughout the last few years. WSU pounded the ball on the ground with 195 rushing yards, limited the Hornet rush attack (84 yards), created turnovers (two) and controlled the clock (36:19-23:41).
"They beat us in all three phases and we were never were able to get in sync," Sacramento State head coach Troy Taylor said. "There were moments when we did good things but you have to give them credit because they were the reason we weren't able to get in sync and that hasn't happened in a while. They did a great job and are a really good football team. From here, we have to respond. It's no fun to lose but we have to bounce back, lick our wounds and get ready for Northern Arizona."
Weber State took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards on nine plays for a touchdown. The Wildcats gained the first 72 yards of the series on the ground before quarterback Jake Constantine found Hayden Meacham for a 3-yard touchdown pass.
The Hornets moved the ball on their first drive before Devon Medeiros converted a 42-yard field goal to make the score, 7-3. The series was highlighted by a 35-yard diving catch from freshman Parker Clayton along the sideline.
After the Sacramento State defense forced a punt, the Wildcats pinned the Hornets at their own 2-yard line. Kevin Thomson was then brought down on third down just outside the goal line and the ball was jarred free by Jonah Williams and recovered in the end zone by offensive lineman Troy Stiefel to create a safety.
WSU added to its lead early in the second quarter with a 59-yard pass to Ty MacPherson on 3rd-and-16 to push their lead to 16-3.
Sacramento State found the end zone for the first time with a 6-play, 67-yard drive which was capped with a 31-yard pass from Thomson to tight end Marshel Martin. The Hornet defense continue to keep Weber State off the board and the offense got the ball with a chance to take the lead at their own 32-yard line. Sacramento State moved to near midfield and then gambled by going for it on 4th-and-4. Preston Smith brought down Elijah Dotson on a pass behind the line of the scrimmage to hand the ball back to the Wildcats.
Weber State took 10 plays to drive 52 yards which resulted in a 1-yard rush from Kris Jackson to make the score, 23-10.
The biggest play of the game may have come on the ensuing series when Thomson was hit by Max Anderson on a corner blitz. The junior was assisted off the field and did not return. Jake Dunniway entered an completed his first pass for a 28-yard gain to Pierre Williams. However, just two plays later Ja'Kobe Harris intercepted a pass in the end zone to thwart the Hornet drive.
Sacramento State got the ball to start the second half and Dunniway's pass was juggled by Clayton and eventually picked off by Harris for his second of the game. WSU took advantage of the short field when Jackson scored on a 2-yard rush up the middle.
Chasing three scores in the fourth quarter, Sacramento State was forced to attempt several fourth down tries but came up empty handed. Weber State capitalized on one of the stops with a 24-yard touchdown rush from Josh Davis to extend their lead to 36-10.
The Hornets, however, were not done as Dunniway found Pierre Williams for a 58-yard touchdown. The sophomore caught the pass around the 30 and then side stepped a defender before breaking free for his sixth receiving touchdown of the year. The play was also Dunniway's first touchdown pass at Sacramento State.
The Hornets will go on the road for their next two games beginning on Nov. 9 at Northern Arizona. The game will begin at 1 p.m. PT.
- George Obinna became the career sack leader at Sacramento State with a QB takedown in the second quarter. Obinna finished with two sacks and now has 31 in his career. The previous mark was held by Zack Nash who had 29.5 from 2008-11.
- Obinna also moved into a tie for fifth place in school single season history with 11.5 sacks this year.
- Dariyn Choates added two TFLs and now has a team-high 15.0 on the season which ties him for seventh in single-season Hornet history.
- The 42-yard field goal by Medeiros was a season long.
- Pierre Williams finished with a team-high five receptions for 135 yards for his fourth 100-yard game this season. Williams is averaging 87.9 receiving yards per game.
- Both Thomson and Dunniway completed 50.0 percent of their passes with a touchdown. Thomson was 9-of-18 for 144 yards while Dunniway was 12-of-24 for 154 yards.
- Sacramento State's 84 rushing yards were its fewest since having 12 at Fresno State.