OGDEN – Sacramento State spoiled Weber State’s Homecoming and picked up its first ever win in Ogden as the Hornets defeated the Wildcats 31-3 Saturday night at Stewart Stadium. The game was the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams.
It was an uneventful first half until late in the half when Sacramento State scored 14 points in the final 1:04 of the half to take a 14-0 lead at halftime. Garrett Safron found DeAndre Carter for a 15-yard touchdown with 1:04 to play.
After a three and out for the Wildcats, WSU punted the ball away but it went for a loss and the Hornets recovered the ball on the WSU 15 yard line. On the very next play Safron found Carter again for another 15-yard touchdown and the Hornets led 14-0 at the break.
Sacramento State continued its strong play in the third quarter and scored on its first possession as Safron found Chris Boradnax for a 16-yard touchdown three minutes into the half to give SAC a 21-0 lead.
Weber State got on the board with a 42-yard field goal by freshman Carson Fackrell with 6:50 to play in the quarter. It was Weber State’s first field goal attempt of the season.
On their next possession the Hornets came right back with a 51-yard touchdown pass from Safron to Carter. They closed the quarter with a 20-yard field goal and neither team scored in the fourth quarter.
Sacramento State finished the game with 382 yards of total offense, compared to 234 for the Wildcats. The Hornets had 91 yards rushing but threw for 291 yards, while WSU passed for just 91 yards.
Weber State also had four fumbles on the night.
“We have to take care of the details and we didn’t do that tonight,” said WSU head coach Jody Sears. “As coaches we have to take the responsibility to make sure we are taking care of the ball and executing our game plan. We have to limit our mistakes and put our players in position to make plays.”
Individually, freshman Austin Chipoletti started at quarterback for the third-straight game and finished the night 10-18 passing for 87 yards. He also rushed 12 times for 33 yards. Jordan Adamczyk also saw action at quarterback, finishing 3-4 passing for three yards.
Bo Bolen led the rushing attack with eight carries for 66 yards and Erik Walker had five catches for 632 yards. On defense junior Deon’tae Florence had two interceptions in just his third game with the Wildcats. Luke King had a team-high nine tackles while Dustin Martin had seven tackles, including three tackles for loss.
Sacramento State was led by Todd Davis with 16 tackles. Safron finished the night 25-32 passing for 288 yards and four touchdowns.
The loss was WSU’s worst home loss in nine seasons. The Wildcats will now hit the road for their next two games playing at Eastern Washington next Saturday.