|Date||Saturday, Oct. 19|
|Time||6:00 p.m. PT|
|Radio||ESPN 1320 AM|
|Game Notes||Sacramento State | Montana|
If you needed any extra motivation for this week's game, it is also Homecoming. Come out early and check out the tailgate party which will have a live band. Halftime will include the golf cart parade and stay for postgame fireworks.
2. Numbers Game
Sacramento State enters this week ranked 15th in the STATS FCS media poll and is 17th in the AFCA FCS coaches poll. This week marked the first time that the Hornets have been ranked in the top 25 since 2011. Montana is currently ranked fifth by the media and sixth by the coaches. The game is one of two FCS battles this week between two top 25 teams and will also be the highest combined rankings for a game at Hornet Stadium in the Div. I era.
3. You Look Familiar
Although separated by nearly 900 miles, the two coaching staffs has several connections. Sacramento State defensive coordinator Andy Thompson, defensive line coach Kraig Paulson and special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jeremy LaPan are all graduates of Montana. Montana head coach Bobby Hauck and Hornet head coach Troy Taylor both served on the same staff at Colorado 1995. When Taylor was the quarterback at Cal, Montana defensive coordinator Kent Baer was a member of the Golden Bear defensive staff. Lastly, UM defensive backs coach C.J. Cox, served in the same capacity at Sacramento State during the 2017 season.
4. Nearly A Dynasty
Sacramento State quarterback Kevin Thomson was named the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week after guiding the team to a 34-21 win at then-No. 6 Montana State last weekend. Thomson accounted for five touchdowns for the second consecutive week as he three for three and rushed for two scores. His award snapped a streak of three consecutive Player of the Week honors for Montana quarterback Dalton Sneed. The pair each ranked among the top seven in the FCS in total offense as Sneed averaged 346.3 yards per game and Thomson is at 330.2. Thomson and Sneed have also crossed paths as both began their collegiate careers at UNLV where they were coached by Bobby Hauck. After Tony Sanchez was brought on to be the next Rebel head coach, both QBs left the program with Thomson transferring to Sacramento State and Sneed going to Ft. Scott CC in Kansas before heading to Missoula, Mont.
5. Honorary Captain
This week's honorary captain is John Volek. Volek served as the Sacramento State head coach from 1995-2002. His 1995 team captured the American West Conference title and he ushered the team into the Big Sky Conference. Volek coached seven FCS All-Americans, including Charles Roberts and Jon Osterhout who were both first team selections. After leaving Sacramento State, Volek became the Director of Athletics at Sierra College and was later inducted into the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Hall of Fame. He also served as the Interim Director of Athletics at Sacramento State.