SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State football team scored a school record 77 points, found the end zone 11 times and compiled nearly 700 yards of offense to cruise to a 77-19 win over Southern Oregon on Saturday night at Hornet Stadium.
The points were the most scored by Sacramento State in school history, breaking the record of 76 set against San Francisco in 1968. The Hornets scored 21 in the first quarter, a school record 28 in the second, 14 in the third and 14 in the fourth en route to the total. Sacramento State rushed for 345 yards and seven touchdowns with 10 players receiving carries. A pair of Hornet quarterbacks combined to complete 17-of-23 passes for 340 yards and four additional touchdowns. Defensively, Sacramento State intercepted four passes and limited SOU to 48 rushing yards in the game.
Despite all the offensive accolades, the Hornets found themselves in an early hole as the Raiders drove 75 yards on 11 plays to take a 7-0 lead on the opening drive of the game.
"It was great to see our guys respond in all three phases of the game but the guys know there are lots of areas to improve," Sacramento State head coach Troy Taylor said. "Overall it was a great evening, with a great crowd and a great environment and I had a lot of fun."
The Hornets responded with touchdowns on their first seven drives to take a 49-13 lead into the locker room at halftime. Sacramento State had 429 yards of offense in the first two quarters and had four rushing and three passing touchdowns. The first drive in which the team didn't score a touchdown came as time expired to end the second quarter.
After a fumble to start the third quarter, the team got back on track with two more touchdowns in the third quarter. The team's first punt came with 14:53 left in the game but was immediately followed by a pair of touchdowns.
- The 77 points broke the school record of 76 set against San Francisco on Nov. 16, 1968.
- The previous high for points scored in the team's Div. I era was 69 against Saint Mary's on Sept. 6, 2003.
- The record for points in a season opener was 55 set last season against Saint Francis (Ill.).
- The high mark for points scored in a coach's opening game at Sacramento State was 49 at Incarnate Word in 2014 (Jody Sears).
- The 685 yards of total offense were the second most in school history and just nine yards shy of the record of 694 set against Montana State on Oct. 4, 2014.
- The 11 touchdowns broke the school record of nine which had been done against Southern Oregon in overtime in 2013 and against Saint Mary's in 2003.
- Sacramento State's average of 10.22 yards per play is the second most in the team's Div. I era.
- The team received interceptions by Allen Perryman, Marcus Hawkins, Daron Bland and Tykee Woods. The four interceptions tied the school's single-game record which had been done 10 previous times.
- Sacramento State had seven touchdown drives in under two minutes, including three which took less than one minute.
- The 345 rushing yards were the fifth most in program history and the most since 350 against Eastern Washington in 2002.
- Sacramento State converted a two-point conversion after its first touchdown when Thomson connected with tight end Marshel Martin. The score was the first offensive two-point conversion for the team since Sept. 24, 2016 at Idaho State.
- The Hornet defense and 11 tackles-for-loss for a combined 44 yards. The unit also had four pass breakups and three quarterback hurries.
- Thomson threw for four touchdowns and rushed for another. The game marked his fifth-career contest with three or more passing touchdowns. His rushing score was his first since 2017 and was the 10th of his career.
- His 303 passing yards were the third most of his career.
- Pierre Williams caught five passes for 140 yards, including touchdowns of 36, 75 and 14 yards. Williams' previous high was 89 receiving yards and he had never had more than one touchdown in a game.
- Elijah Dotson scored three times with two rushing touchdowns and a 59-yard touchdown reception. Dotson had seven carries and four receptions and finished with 111 all-purpose yards.
- True freshman Marcus Fulcher scored two touchdowns in his first collegiate games.
- Senior Ja'Narrick James compiled 78 rushing yards on nine carries with a touchdown.
- Kicker Devon Medeiros made all nine of his extra points. He now has 94 for his career to rank third in school history.
- 31 Hornets recorded at least one tackle with Allen Perryman leading the team with six stops. Marcus Bruce and Armon Bailey were tied for second with five.
- George Obinna returned to the field and recorded a sack in the first quarter. Obinna now has 20.5 career sacks which gives him sole possession of fourth place in the Sacramento State record book.
- Isaiah Capoocia, Marshaun Hunter and Elijah Chambers also had sacks.
Sacramento State will have a quick turnaround as it travels to Arizona State for a game on Friday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. The team returns to Hornet Stadium to host Northern Colorado on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m.