OGDEN, Utah — Garrett Safron threw four touchdowns, including three to DeAndre Carter to lead Sacramento State to a 31-3 win over Weber State on Saturday at Stewart Stadium. The victory was the first for the Hornets at Weber State in school history.
In the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams, Sacramento State improved to 2-3 overall on the year. The Wildcats dropped to 1-4.
After neither team was able to move the ball in the first 28 minutes of the game, Safron and Carter connected on a 15-yard touchdown pass to give Sacramento State a 7-0 lead with 1:04 to play.
The defense then forced a quick three-and-out forcing WSU to punt from deep in its own territory. Tony Epperson rolled to his right on the punt but was grabbed by a Hornet during the attempt before kicking the ball short of the line of scrimmage. That break set up Carter's second 15-yard touchdown reception with only 13 seconds remaining in the half.
Sacramento State built on its lead on the opening series of the second half. Safron completed all five of his passes during the drive, culminating with a 16-yard strike to tight end Chris Broadnax.
The Wildcats' only points of the game came with 6:50 to play in the third quarter as freshman Carson Facrell converted a 42-yard field on his first attempt of the season.
The Hornet offense proved to be unstoppable for the remainder of the third quarter, scoring on a 51-yard pass to Carter and a 20-yard field goal by Aguilar.
Carter was the big play man for the Hornets, catching eight passes for a career high 148 yards and three touchdowns. Morris Norrise added nine receptions for 60 yards.
Safron finished 25-of-32 for 288 yards to go along with four touchdowns and two interceptions.
Defensively, Sacramento State limited the Wildcats to 234 yards of total offense and recovered four fumbles. Senior Todd Davis finished with a career high 16 tackles. Sophomore Darnell Sankey added a career high 10 stops, including 4.5 for loss and a pair of sacks.
Sacramento State returns home to host Northern Colorado on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. The game will mark the University's Homecoming.