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FINAL SCORE: Sacramento State 52.5, UC Davis 47.5

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Capped by the men’s and women’s track and field victories on Friday night, Sacramento State pulled off a huge comeback to win its fourth Causeway Cup championship over UC Davis.

To win this year’s title, Sacramento State had to overcome a 45-15 deficit in the Cup standings by closing the year on a 13-game unbeaten streak against the Aggies. That included victories from the gymnastics, men’s and women’s tennis, baseball, softball, and the men’s and women’s track and field squads.

In fact, UC Davis did not win a single competition after Dec. 19. Since the turn of the calendar, the Hornets outscored the Aggies by a 37.5 - 2.5 margin in points (men’s golf tied with UC Davis). Sacramento State’s 15 points during the fall were secured by the men’s basketball and men’s soccer programs.

The Hornets and Aggies have now split the eight competitions since the Causeway Cup was born in 2004-05. In the Cup’s inaugural year, UC Davis claimed the title. The Hornets won the next two Cups before UC Davis regained the title in 2007-08. Then in 2008-09, the Cup returned to Sacramento State, which overcame a 32.5 - 0 deficit to claim the victory. The 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years returned the Causeway Cup to UC Davis.

Each of the schools’ 17 common teams usually compete against each other at least once during the year. The winner is given the pre-determined amount of points of either five or 10. If the two schools meet just once in a season, then all the points will go to the winning team. But if the teams play each other two or more times, the points are divided by how many meetings occur. For example, the two softball teams played each other twice this year. Thus, each meeting was worth 2.5 points.

For Cup standings, click here or above the story.

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