Offense Scores Six Touchdowns, Defense Comes up with Three Turnovers in Scrimmage
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Quarterbacks
Safron helped the first team offense get off to a good start, orchestrating a 12-play, 70-yard drive on the first series of the game. During the drive, the sophomore completed 5-of-7 pass attempts and also rushed six yards. Safron hit sophomore for 11 yards and 3rd-and-9 and later found redshirt freshman on 3rd-and-4 to keep the team moving. The drive was capped by a 4-yard run from senior .
The defense earned its first turnover three series later when Safron's pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by linebacker . The senior returned the pick 53 yards to take the ball to the 15-yard line before being brought down.
Following a 40-yard field goal from junior , Sorensen posted two quick scores. His first touchdown pass was a short route to sophomore who was freed by a block from receiver which led to a 45-yard touchdown. The second came just two plays later when Sorensen lofted a ball to the front corner of the end zone where Cox was able to make the catch despite a pass interference penalty on the defense.
Broadnax and Sorensen hooked up again for a 25-yard touchdown later in the scrimmage.
The defense posted its second big play in between scoring drives. The offense started at the defense's 25-yard line and drove the ball to the 2-yard line behind the running of junior . However, the defense thwarted Graham on the first three plays setting up 4th-and-goal from the 1. The offense went back to Graham but he was stripped by Badger and the ball was recovered by in the end zone.
The final turnover came late in the scrimmage when redshirt freshman quarterback rolled around the left side for a first down run but lost the ball on a swipe from which was grabbed by .
Ruhnke made all five of his extra point attempts (including a few from well beyond the standard distance) as well as his 40-yarder. He did come up short on a 52-yarder and had an attempt blocked by .
Safron finished 13-of-21 for 133 yards while Sorensen completed 6-of-12 passes for 138 and three touchdowns. Safron was also the team's leading rusher with 27 yards. Graham added 22 and contributed 17.
Blake Robertson caught a team high four passes for 46 yards. Broadnax made the most of his two catches, tallying 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Senior safety led the way with six total tackles. and followed with six and five, respectively. Junior had the lone sack of the day.
The team will hold its final scrimmage of the fall on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 9-11 a.m. The Hornets' first game will take place on Thursday, Aug. 30, at New Mexico State.
Garrett Safron, 13-21-1-133-0; 6-12-0-138-3.
Garrett Safron 4-27; 8-22; 7-17, TD; 1-10; 2-7; 7-3, 2 TD; 2-1; 2-(-10).
Blake Robertson 4-46; 3-50, TD; 3-23; 2-70, TD; 2-33; 2-11; 1-23; 1-9; 1-6.
Manasa Kikau 4-2-6; 1-4-5; 1-3-4, FR; 2-1-3, FF, INT; 2-1-3; 2-1-3; 2-1-3; 1-2-3; 1-2-3. and combined for 271 passing yards and three touchdowns to lead the offense and the defense was sparked by three forced turnovers during Sacramento State's first scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday at Hornet Stadium.