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FOOTBALL CRACKS FCS TOP 25 IN MEDIA AND COACHES POLLS

FOOTBALL CRACKS FCS TOP 25 IN MEDIA AND COACHES POLLS

STATS FCS Poll

AFCA Coaches Poll

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After defeating a pair of ranked teams and starting Big Sky Conference play with two wins, the Sacramento State football team has captured the attention of the national voters as the Hornets debuted in the STATS FCS and AFCA Coaches top 25 polls, it was announced today. The Hornets earned 1,677 points to and were voted 15th in the STATS poll. The team was voted 17th in the AFCA Coaches poll after garnering 221 points.

Sacramento State is currently 4-2 overall and 2-0 in Big Sky play for just the second time in program history. The team's two losses have come against FBS opponents with close setbacks at Arizona State and Fresno State. The Hornets started their streak against ranked opponents with a 48-27 home win against then-No. 22 Eastern Washington. In that game, Sacramento State averaged 6.1 yards per play, had nearly 500 yards of total offense and scored five offensive touchdowns. Not to be outdone, the defense found the end zone twice with an interception and fumble return, had seven quarterback sacks and 10 tackles-for-loss.

The win was the first over a ranked opponent since defeating No, 11 Cal Poly, 39-25, on Oct. 27, 2012 — snapping a 16-game losing streak against top 25 teams. The victory was also the first against EWU at home in school history and handed the Eagles their first loss in California in their last 17 games.

This past weekend, Sacramento State posted a 34-21 win at then-No. 6 Montana State. The Hornets never trailed in the contest and led by 20 points for most of the fourth quarter. The victory over the Bobcats marked the highest ranked team ever defeated by Sacramento State. Quarterback Kevin Thomson accounted for five touchdowns and 334 yards of total offense.The defense also limited MSU's Big Sky leading rushing attack to just 16 yards in the second half on 15 carries while recording four sacks in the game.

The team leads the Big Sky Conference in red zone defense, rush defense, scoring defense, sacks and tackles for loss. On offense, the Hornets are second in the league in scoring, fourth in total offense and fourth in passing.

Sacramento State was last ranked during the 2011 season when the team cracked the top 25 four times, including rising to No. 12 after defeating Oregon State to start the year.

The team will continue its stretch against nationally-ranked foes when No. 6 Montana goes to Hornet Stadium for Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 19.

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