2014 Football News
February 25, 2015
HORNET FOOTBALL WEEKEND SET FOR APRIL 17-18
The Sacramento State football team welcomes back all alumni, coaches and staff for an entire weekend of Hornet football. The festivities include the Bob Mattos Memorial Golf Classic, reunion, the 2015 spring game and 2014 season celebration.
February 20, 2015
FOOTBALL ANNOUNCES 2015 SCHEDULE
Five home games and a non-conference matchup at Washington highlight the 2015 Sacramento State football season.
February 4, 2015
FOOTBALL COMPLETES SIGNING DAY WITH 32 TOTAL COMMITS
Sacramento State head football coach Jody Sears announced the signing of 29 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent today. The large group joins three midyear transfers that joined the team at the start of the semester and will compete in spring practice drills.
January 28, 2015
HORNET STUDENT-ATHLETES TOTAL 33 FALL BIG SKY ALL-ACADEMIC HONORS
Sacramento State student-athletes in the fall Big Sky sports of football, volleyball, women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s cross country combined for 33 conference all-Academic honors.
January 21, 2015
FOOTBALL ADDS THREE DURING MIDYEAR PERIOD
he Sacramento State football team added its first players to the 2015 recruiting class, it was announced today by head coach Jody Sears. The group is comprised of two quarterbacks who are transferring from Football Bowl Subdivision schools and a high school linebacker. All three will enroll at the University for the spring semester and take part in spring practice.
January 15, 2015
DEANDRE CARTER TO PLAY IN NFLPA BOWL ON SATURDAY
Wide receiver DeAndre Carter will compete in the NFLPA Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 17, in Carson, Calif. The game will kick off at 1 p.m. from the StubHub Center and will be televised on ESPN2.
December 23, 2014
CARTER NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICA BY THE SPORTS NETWORK
Sacramento State senior wide receiver DeAndre Carter concluded his busy awards season by earning first team All-America honors from The Sports Network, it was announced today. The Sports Network is considered the leading source of information for the Football Championship Subdivision and also sponsors the Walter Payton, Buck Buchanan, Eddie Robinson and Jerry Rice awards.
December 17, 2014
CARTER NAMED SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICA BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Sacramento State wide receiver DeAndre Carter continued to haul in national awards as he was named second team All-America by the Associated Press, it was announced today.
December 17, 2014
CARTER ADDS FCS ADA AWARD TO HIS RESUME
Sacramento State's DeAndre Carter was selected as the top wide receiver in the Football Championship Subdivision by The Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA). The second annual award recognizes the top student-athletes from FCS institutions at 11 different positions. The 2014 class includes student-athletes from 10 different institutions, representing five different conferences. Voting was conducted by a national panel, consisting of media and SIDs.
December 16, 2014
CARTER EARNS ALL-AMERICA HONORS FROM TWO ORGANIZATIONS
Sacramento State senior wide receiver DeAndre Carter earned a spot on a pair of Football Championship All-America teams, it was announced today. Carter was one of two receivers named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation and also earned first team honors from College Sports Madness.
December 10, 2014
JODY SEARS SHEDS INTERIM LABEL, EARNS THREE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION
Sacramento State and head football coach Jody Sears agreed in principle to a three-year contract extension.
November 25, 2014
CARTER, CORNISH LEAD 14 SELECTIONS ON ALL-BIG SKY TEAMS
The Sacramento State football team had 14 student-athletes earn all-Big Sky Conference honors, including six on the first or second teams, it was announced today in a vote by the league’s coaches. Wide receiver DeAndre Carter and kicker Brad Cornish were each named to the first team while Garrett Safron, Nnamdi Agude, Jaycee Totty and Darnell Sankey were voted to the second team.
November 22, 2014
FOOTBALL WINS CAUSEWAY CLASSIC WITH 41-30 WIN OVER UC DAVIS
Garrett Safron threw for 288 yards and four touchdowns, Jordan Robinson and De’Jon Coleman each scored a pair of touchdowns and the Sacramento State defense forced five turnovers in a 41-30 win over UC Davis in the 61st Causeway Classic on Saturday at Aggie Stadium.
November 21, 2014
CAUSEWAY CLASSIC GAMEDAY INFO
Get all the info for the 61st Causeway Classic.
November 21, 2014
FOOTBALL ALUMNI UPDATE
Two former Sacramento State football players were named all-division in the Canadian Football League and another has a new NFL home.
November 20, 2014
"RELAY OVER THE CAUSEWAY" TO DELIVER GAME BALL ON SATURDAY
Four years ago the UC Davis and Sacramento State Army ROTC programs started their own version of the "Causeway Classic" - a flag football game against each other hours before the crosstown rivalry between the Aggies' and Hornets' football game itself.
November 18, 2014
CARTER NAMED FINALIST FOR THE WALTER PAYTON AWARD
The Sports Network named DeAndre Carter a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, it was announced today. The award is presented annually to the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
November 18, 2014
61st CAUSEWAY CLASSIC UP NEXT FOR FOOTBALL
The Sacramento State football team will look to end its season with three consecutive victories when it makes the short trip to UC Davis for the 61st Causeway Classic on Saturday. The game will kickoff at 1 p.m. from Aggie Stadium.
November 17, 2014
CARTER NAMED BIG SKY SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DeAndre Carter was named the ROOT Sports Big Sky Special Teams Player of the Week, it was announced today. The award comes a week after the senior earned FCS national and Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week honors.
November 15, 2014
FOOTBALL STORMS BACK FOR 48-41 WIN OVER PORTLAND STATE
DeAndre Carter’s 65-yard punt return for a touchdown completed Sacramento State’s fourth-quarter comeback in a 48-41 win over Portland State on Saturday night in the final home game of the season at Hornet Stadium.
November 11, 2014
FOOTBALL SENIOR DAY THIS SATURDAY AGAINST PORTLAND STATE
The Sacramento State football team will play its final home game of the 2014 season when it welcomes Portland State to Hornet Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. Prior to the start of the game against the Vikings, the team will honor its 18 seniors who will be playing their last game at home.
November 10, 2014
CARTER NAMED FCS NATIONAL AND BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DeAndre Carter was selected as the co-FCS Offensive Player of the Week by The Sports Network and the ROOT Sports Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week, it was announced today. The honors are the first for Carter this season.
November 8, 2014
RECORD-SETTING PERFORMANCES HELP FOOTBALL TO 42-21 WIN
DeAndre Carter and Garrett Safron solidified themselves as two of the best in Sacramento State history in a 42-21 Hornet victory on Saturday against Southern Utah.
November 4, 2014
FOOTBALL TAKES ON SOUTHERN UTAH ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON
Sacramento State will start its final homestand of the season when it welcomes Southern Utah for a Big Sky Conference football game on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. The game, which is the first of two consecutive home games for the team, will be the first home day game.
November 1, 2014
FOOTBALL FALLS AT NO. 12 MONTANA, 31-13
The Sacramento State football team outgained No. 12 Montana and had over nine minutes more of possession but the Hornets could not overcome troubles in the red zone and the Grizzlies’ quick strike offense in a 31-13 loss on Saturday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
October 28, 2014
WELL-RESTED FOOTBALL PLAY AT NO. 12 MONTANA ON SATURDAY
With its one off week in the books, the Sacramento State football team will start its final four games of the regular season at Montana on Saturday, Nov. 1. The game against the 12th-ranked Grizzlies will kickoff at 11 a.m. PDT from the always raucous Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
October 21, 2014
SANKEY NAMED TO BUCHANAN AWARD WATCH LIST
Sacramento State junior Darnell Sankey was one of four linebackers added by The Sports Network to the Buck Buchanan Award watch list, it was announced today.
October 18, 2014
FOOTBALL SEES CAL POLY PULL AWAY IN SECOND HALF
Quarterback Garrett Safron and receiver DeAndre Carter each cemented their names into the Sacramento State record book on Saturday night, but it was Cal Poly who earned a 56-27 victory in front of a season-high home crowd of 10,934 at Hornet Stadium.
October 14, 2014
FOOTBALL HOSTS CAL POLY FOR HOMECOMING
With its first Big Sky Conference victory secured, the Sacramento State football team returns home to face Cal Poly on Saturday, Oct. 18, as part of the University’s Homecoming. The game against Mustangs will begin at 6:05 p.m. at Hornet Stadium.
October 11, 2014
FOOTBALL EARNS FIRST BIG SKY WIN, DOWNS UNC 43-38
For the second consecutive week, the Sacramento State football team posted incredible offensive numbers but was forced to wait until the final moments to determine the outcome of the game. On Saturday, the Hornets prevailed after retaining possession on an onsides kick attempt for a 43-38 victory.
October 7, 2014
FOOTBALL BACK ON THE ROAD AT NORTHERN COLORADO
The Sacramento State football team will look to get back in the Big Sky Conference race when it plays at Northern Colorado on Saturday, Oct. 11. The game against the Bears will kickoff at 12:30 p.m. PDT from Nottingham Field.
October 4, 2014
FOOTBALL FALLS IN SHOOTOUT TO MONTANA STATE, 59-56
Sacramento State had its best offensive game in school history but the Hornets could not make a final stand as Montana State scored with four seconds left to claim a 59-56 victory at Hornet Stadium on Saturday night.
September 30, 2014
FOOTBALL HOSTS MONTANA STATE ON SATURDAY
The Sacramento State football team will play its first Big Sky Conference home game this Saturday when it welcomes Montana State to Hornet Stadium for a 6 p.m. game.
September 27, 2014
FOOTBALL NOT ABLE TO KEEP PACE WITH IDAHO STATE IN 44-24 LOSS
Sacramento State posted 532 yards of total offense and received career days from Nnamdi Agude and DeAndre Carter but the team was unable to control Idaho State’s offensive attack in a 44-24 loss on Saturday at Holt Arena.
September 23, 2014
FOOTBALL BEGINS BIG SKY PLAY AT IDAHO STATE ON SATURDAY
Off to its best start in 15 years, the Sacramento State football team will enter Big Sky Conference action this Saturday when it plays at Idaho State. The game against the Bengals will be the conference opener for both teams and will begin at 1:05 p.m. PDT from Pocatello, Idaho.
September 23, 2014
HIGHLIGHTS FROM VICTORY OVER MENLO
September 20, 2014
FOOTBALL ROUTS MENLO IN 59-14 VICTORY
Sacramento State amassed 551 yards of total offense, had five players rush for a touchdown and scored on special teams in a 59-14 win over Menlo on Saturday night at Hornet Stadium.
September 16, 2014
FOOTBALL CONTINUES HOMESTAND AGAINST MENLO ON SATURDAY
The Sacramento State football team will play its final non-conference game of the season when it hosts Menlo on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Hornet Stadium. Kickoff against the Oaks will come at 6:05 p.m.
September 15, 2014
CORNISH NAMED NATIONAL, BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sacramento State kicker Brad Cornish was named the national and Big Sky ROOT Sports Special Teams Player of the Week, it was announced today. The honor is the first for Cornish during his career.
September 13, 2014
FOOTBALL GETS RECORD BREAKING PERFORMANCES IN 42-31 WIN
The Sacramento State football team jumped to a 20-0 lead, saw it shrink to six points in the second half, and then pulled away for a 42-31 win over Weber State on Saturday night at Hornet Stadium.
September 9, 2014
FOOTBALL WELCOMES WEBER STATE FOR HOME OPENER
After facing a first-year FCS program in its opening game and a Pac-12 foe in its second, the Sacramento State football team will finally see a familiar face when it hosts Weber State on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Hornet Stadium (6:05 p.m.). While the Wildcats are a longtime member of the Big Sky Conference, this week’s game will not count towards the league standings for either team.
September 6, 2014
FOOTBALL FALLS AT CALIFORNIA
Three California quarterbacks combined to pass for 326 yards and five touchdowns and the team amassed 579 yards of total offense in a 55-14 win over Sacramento State on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
September 2, 2014
FOOTBALL HEADS TO CAL ON SATURDAY
Coming off its largest season-opening scoring output, the Sacramento State football team will face a far more substantial test when it travels to Berkeley, Calif., to face California on Saturday, Sept. 6. The game will kick off at noon from Memorial Stadium.
September 1, 2014
SANKEY NAMED BIG SKY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sacramento State linebacker Darnell Sankey was named the ROOT SPORTS Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week, it was announced today. The honor is the second for Sankey in as many seasons.
August 30, 2014
FOOTBALL ROLLS TO 49-13 WIN OVER INCARNATE WORD
Garrett Safron completed 17-of-25 passes for 251 yards and five touchdowns and Darnell Sankey led the team with 10 tackles and also returned an interception for a touchdown to lead Sacramento State to a 49-13 win at Incarnate Word on Saturday night at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium.
August 26, 2014
FOOTBALL OPENS SEASON ON SATURDAY AT INCARNATE WORD
The Sacramento State football team will begin its 2014 season when it travels to San Antonio, Texas to face Incarnate Word on Saturday, Aug. 30. The game against the Cardinals will kick off at 4 p.m. PDT from Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium.
August 21, 2014
FOOTBALL TO HOST ALUMNI FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT ON FRIDAY
The Sacramento State football team will host an alumni flag football tournament on Friday night at Hornet Stadium. Along with the games, the former players will attend team meetings on Saturday as well as the current Hornet scrimmage later that day.
August 19, 2014
Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Paul Peterson talks about the team's QBs.
August 18, 2014
WIDE RECEIVERS PREVIEW
Assistant coach Jason Pollak discusses the 2014 Hornet receiving corps.
August 17, 2014
FOOTBALL HOLDS FIRST SCRIMMAGE AND BEE A HORNET
The offense scored six touchdowns and did not commit a turnover and the defense made several stops during the first football scrimmage for Sacramento State on Saturday at Hornet Stadium.
August 15, 2014
DEFENSIVE BACKS PREVIEW
Head coach Jody Sears and assistant coach Anthony Parker talk about the 2014 Hornet DBs.
August 14, 2014
TIGHT ENDS/SPECIAL TEAMS PREVIEW
Assistant coach Fred Kelley breaks down the crop of tight ends and specialists.
August 13, 2014
Assistant coach Tyler Almond breaks down the 2014 Hornet linebackers.
August 12, 2014
RUNNING BACKS PREVIEW
Assistant coach Sammy Lawanson talks with Director of Football Operations Ryan Smaha about the 2014 Hornet running backs.
August 11, 2014
DEFENSIVE LINE PREVIEW
Solomona Tapasa previews the 2014 Hornet defensive line.
August 8, 2014
FAN BUS PACKAGE AVAILABLE FOR FOOTBALL GAME AT CAL
Sacramento State fans will have several options to watch the Hornets play at Cal on Sept. 6 at Memorial Stadium. The game against the Golden Bears will mark just the second time that the two teams have met in football and will be Sacramento State's first appearance in the revamped stadium.
August 7, 2014
OFFENSIVE LINE PREVIEW
Assistant coach Bill Laveroni discusses the offensive line heading into the 2014 season.
August 5, 2014
FOOTBALL OPENS TRAINING CAMP
Interviews with head coach Jody Sears, wide receiver DeAndre Carter and linebacker Henry Fernandez after the first day of camp.
July 16, 2014
KICKOFF TIMES SET FOR 2014 HOME FOOTBALL GAMES
Kickoff times for the six Sacramento State home football games were officially announced today. The Hornets will play their first four home games at 6 p.m. while the final two will come at 2 p.m.
July 15, 2014
FOOTBALL PICKED SEVENTH BY COACHES, NINTH BY MEDIA IN PRESEASON POLL
The Sacrameno State football team was picked to finish seventh by the coaches in the Big Sky Conferfence preseason poll and ninth by the media, it was announced on Monday at the Big Sky Kickoff.
July 14, 2014
DeANDRE CARTER NAMED PRESEASON ALL-BIG SKY
Sacramento State wide receiver DeAndre Carter was named to the Big Sky Conference preseason all-conference team it was announced today as part of the Big Sky Kickoff.
July 3, 2014
BROADNAX NAMED TO CFPA TIGHT END WATCH LIST
Sacramento State tight end Chris Broadnax was named to the College Football Performance Awards watch list for 2014. Broadnax is the third Hornet to earn a preseason honor as he joins quarterback Garrett Safron and wide receiver DeAndre Carter.
July 1, 2014
LAWANSON, MONTGOMERY ADDED TO FOOTBALL COACHING STAFF
Sacramento State head football coach Jody Sears officially completed his coaching staff with the additions of Samuel Lawanson and James Montgomery, it was announced today. Lawanson will serve as the Hornets' running backs coach while Montgomery will be an offensive assistant. Jason Pollak, who was the offensive assistant in 2013, was elevated to wide receivers coach.
July 1, 2014
CARTER EARNS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA HONORS
Sacramento State senior wide receiver DeAndre Carter was named to The Sports Network's Football Championship Subdivision Preseason All-America third team, it was announced today.
June 23, 2014
TODD DAVIS SIGNS WITH THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Former Sacramento State linebacker Todd Davis signed a three-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, it was announced today by Saints' Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
June 23, 2014
CARTER NAMED TO CFPA WIDE RECEIVER WATCH LIST
Sacramento State wide receiver DeAndre Carter was named to the College Football Performance Awards watch list for 2014, it was announced Monday. Carter is the second Hornet to earn a preseason honor as he joins quarterback Garrett Safron.
June 10, 2014
SAFRON NAMED TO CFPA QUARTERBACK WATCH LIST
Sacramento State quarterback Garrett Safron was named to the College Football Performance Awards watch list for 2014. The incoming senior is one of 36 quarterbacks from the Football Championship Subdivision on the list.