SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State quarterback Garrett Safron was named the ROOT Sports Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week, it was announced today. The honor is the third for Safron this season and the fifth of his career.
The junior rallied the Hornets from four 11-point deficits to record a 43-42 win at Portland State on Saturday. In the game, Safron completed 34-of-50 passes for a school record 554 yards and four touchdowns and also rushed for 42 yards and two scores.
The Santa Monica, Calif., native pulled the Hornets within five, 42-37, when he connected with Austin Dotson for a 26-yard touchdown pass with just under eight minutes remaining in the game. After the defense recorded a stop on 4th-and-inches, Safron orchestrated an 85-yard drive which was capped by a 4-yard pass to Cole Hikutini for the game-winning score with 30 seconds remaining.
Safron's 554 passing yards broke his own school record of 412 from earlier this season and are the second most by an FCS quarterback this season. His 596 yards of total offense also set the school record, rank second in the FCS in 2013 and are the 18th most in FCS history and fifth most in Big Sky history.
He had touchdown passes of 10, 78, 26 and 4 yards and rushed in from 1 and 16 yards.
During the game, Safron also set the Sacramento State single-season record for completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns. He also became the Hornets' all-time leader in career touchdowns with 52.
Along with the conference honor, Safron was also recognized as the National FCS Performer of the Week by College Football Performance Awards.