FOOTBALL RENEWS RIVALRY WITH CAL POLY ON SATURDAY
A BRIEF PREVIEW
The Sacramento State football team will square off against longtime rival Cal Poly for the first time since 2009 when the Mustangs visit Hornet Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 6:05 p.m. The game will mark the fifth decade in which the two programs have met and the first in Big Sky Conference play — Cal Poly joined the conference this year in football only.
There will be multiple ways to follow this week’s game. Hornet fans can tune in to Classic 93.1 FM and KAHI 950 AM in the foothills 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.
The game will not be televised but can be seen online via bigskytv.org. The broadcasts are free to watch but fans must create a username and password prior to the start of the game.
Sacramento State dropped to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in league games with a 31-28 loss at No. 1 Eastern Washington this past Saturday in Cheney, Wash. The Hornets received touchdowns from De’jon Coleman, Morris Norrise, Ezekiel Graham and T.J. Knowles in the contest. Sacramento State’s final-play attempt to win the game was batted down at the goal line as time expired.
The loss snapped the team’s three-game winning streak which tied the longest streak since 1991.
Cal Poly is one of two remaining undefeated teams in the Football Championship Subdivision this season. The Mustangs improved to 7-0 with a 37-25 victory over Portland State.
Cal Poly leads the Big Sky and is ranked third in the FCS with 314.29 rushing yards per game. The attack is led by Deonte Williams who ranks seventh nationally and first in the Big Sky with an average of 132.29 yards per game. Quarterback Andre Broadous has been effective in limited passing opportunities, completing 60.9 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and just one interception.
Cal Poly holds a 16-15 edge in one of the longest rivalries in school history. The two teams first met in 1967. After playing off and on through the early 1970s, the schools played annually from 1977 through 2006. The last meeting came in 2009 where CP won 38-19 in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
• Earlier this week, Sacramento State suffered a loss with the passing of John Bloomfield. The senior was a two-year member of the team who played linebacker and defensive end during his tenure with the Hornets. John started the season opener at New Mexico State at defensive end this season and also served as a team captain.
• Prior to coming to Sacramento State, Bloomfield helped Grant High School win the Sac-Joaquin Section title and also played two years at Sierra College.
• For the remainder of the season, Sacramento State will wear a decal on its helmet with “JB” inscribed in a black circle.
• Quotes regarding Bloomfield:
Director of Athletics Terry Wanless: “We have lost a member of our family. John was a young man who brightened the lives of all those he touched. He was a great example of someone who took on the challenges of life and found a way to make it better.”
Head Coach Marshall Sperbeck: “My thoughts and prayers are with John’s family. Our football team is saddened by the loss of one of our leaders. John was an outstanding person, player and teammate who will leave a lasting impression on all of us.”
• After not facing a ranked opponent for the first seven weeks of the season, Sacramento State will meet its second in as many weeks. The Hornets’ first game against a ranked team came on Oct. 20 when they played at No. 1 ranked Eastern Washington. This week, No. 11 Cal Poly visits Hornet Stadium.
• The game marks the 14th time in school history that Sacramento State will play consecutive games against teams in the FCS top 25. The streak will likely stretch to three games in a row when the Hornets face Montana State on Nov. 3. The Bobcats are currently ranked fourth in The Sports Network Poll.
• Since joining the FCS in 1993, Sacramento State has played 55 games against ranked teams. The highest ranked opponent to fall to the Hornets was Northern Arizona which was ranked eighth in 2002.
• Sacramento State has won three of its last four home games against ranked foes dating back to 2009. That streak includes last season’s 42-28 win over No. 10 Montana.
INTO THE FIRE
• With temperatures in the low 40s and winds gusting in excess of 20 miles per hour, it was not the ideal situation Mason Magleby had in mind to take the field. The junior backup quarterback was summoned off the bench late in the fourth quarter when starter Garrett Safron was shaken up. Magleby warmed up quickly, hitting tight end T.J. Knowles for a 6-yard touchdown pass on just his second pass attempt of the game. Magleby later connected with Morris Norrise for a 30-yard completion on the team’s final drive.
• Coming into a game midway is nothing new for the former baseball standout. As a prep pitcher, Magleby was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles. He opted to play college football and began his career at Nevada. In two years with the Wolf Pack, he completed 10-of-11 passes for 109 yards and four touchdowns.
• Knowles’ touchdown in the fourth quarter at Eastern Washington gave the senior three scores on the year and two in the last two weeks.
• The senior’s TD total is the most by a tight end since McRuben Fleurinord had four touchdowns in 2005.
• The 6-foot-7, Las Vegas native, caught just one pass for Sacramento State in 2011 for 22 yards.
• Knowles earned All-America honors at Saddleback JC in 2009. He also played one season at South Florida where he had three receptions in 2010.
• A direct effect of Eastern Washington’s 26 pass completions were a high number of tackles by members of the Sacramento State secondary. The starting unit of cornerbacks Osagie Odiase and Joshua Armstrong, safeties Ryan McMahon and Robert Beale and nickelback Markell Williams combined for 38 total tackles.
• Odiase led all Hornets with 11 tackles, including seven solo stops. Both totals tied his career highs.
• McMahon ranked second a year ago with nine tackles, and has had two tackles-for-loss.
• Armstrong set career marks with seven tackles — all solos. His previous bests were six total and four solo at Idaho State.
• Williams added seven tackles and also recorded his first career interception which was returned 14 yards and led to a Hornet field goal.
• The trio of Todd Davis, Ryan McMahon and Jeff Badger have made it a habit to be among the top tacklers on the team throughout the year. This past week against Eastern Washington, McMahon ranked second on the team with nine tackles, Davis added eight and Badger was credited with five.
• The trio have been the three leading tacklers on the team for the last two seasons. In 2011, Davis led the team with 96 total tackles. McMahon was second with 86 and Badger ranked third with 85.
• This year, the three have combined for more that a third of the team’s total tackles. Davis leads the squad with 75 total stops. McMahon is a close second with 72 and Badger ranks third with 60.
• Davis and Badger each moved up in the Sacramento State record books and now rank 16th and 18th, respectively.
• A week after setting a season high with five sacks, Sacramento State had three sacks at Eastern Washington and now has 24 on the season. That total matches last seasons effort which came in 11 games. The most sacks in a season during the Div. I-AA/FCS era are 33 in both 2004 and 2007.
• At Eastern Washington, Jaycee Totty and Todd Davis were each credited with solo sacks while linebacker Henry Fernandez and McMahon shared one.
• This year, 13 different Sacramento State players have at least one sack. Trent Eskew is the overall leader with four while Davis has three and Fernandez 2.5.
• The offensive line allowed just one sack against EWU and has now surrendered only nine this season in eight games.
• That total ties the team for 17th in the FCS with 1.13 sacks allowed per game.
INTO THE BOOKS
• Edgar Castaneda’s 22-yard field goal in the third quarter against Weber State gave the junior 10 on the season. That total ties Castaneda for 10th place in school single season history.
• With three games to play, the Alameda, Calif., native is within striking distance of the school record of 14 which is held by Bret LeVier (2002) and Scott Brown (1999).
• Despite having just one kick return for only 11 yards at Eastern Washington, Sacramento State vaulted to second in the FCS and the top of the Big Sky Conference in kickoff return average. This year, the Hornets are averaging 27.26 yards on eight returns. That mark trails only Wagner in the FCS. The Seahawks have seven returns for an average of 28.19.
• The Hornets are the highest ranked team in the FCS that does not have a return for a touchdown this season. However, three players have a return of at least 40 yards led by DeAndre Carter’s 66-yard scamper following a free kick against Weber State.
CAL POLY CONNECTIONS
• The Mustangs’ roster features 15 players who attended high school in the Sac-Joaquin Section.
• Cal Poly defensive coordinator Josh Brown served as Sacramento State’s linebackers coach from 2007-08.
• The only teams the Hornets have played more than the Mustangs are UC Davis (59 games), Chico State (39) and Humboldt State (37).
COACHES LUNCHEONS RETURN
• The Hornet Club Football Luncheons will return on Monday, Sept. 10, 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 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
• The luncheons will take place each Monday throughout the season. For $10 patrons will receive salad, entree, bread, desert and drink.
HORNET FOOTBALL WEEKLY
• Hornet Football Weekly will air every Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast channel 104 and repeat on Saturdays at noon. Each week host Jason Ross will be joined by head coach Marshall Sperbeck, a player and an athletic department guest.
BIG SKY NOTES
• The Big Sky Conference ROOT SPORTS Players of the Week went to North Dakota wide receiver Greg Hardin, Northern Arizona defensive back Anders Battle and Cal Poly kicker/punter Bobby Zalud. Hardin set the Big Sky record with 333 receiving yards and three touchdowns in a win over Montana. Battle had 14 tackles and a forced fumble in a 21-7 victory over UC Davis. Zalud made three field goals and four field goals while beating Portland State.