|Date||Saturday, Oct. 26|
|Time||5:00 p.m. PT|
|Radio||ESPN 1320 AM|
|Game Notes||Sacramento State | Cal Poly|
1. No Nail-Biters
Since the turn over the century, Sacramento State and Cal Poly have met 15 times. The one, almost sure, lock is that the game will not be close. The closest margin of victory during the stretch came in 2012 where the Hornets won 35-29 at home. Including that game, the average margin of victory has been 21.7 points. However, if you flashback nearly 40 years, you will find much different results as the teams played four games between 1988-91 which were decided by a total of six points and resulted in four Hornet wins.
2. Don't Get Caught Looking Ahead
This week's game stops a stretch in which Sacramento State has faced a top 25 opponent in three consecutive games. The Hornets, who jumped to seventh in the STATS media poll and eighth the AFCA coaches poll, were 3-0 in those games. While Cal Poly currently owns a 2-5 overall record, the Mustangs have had their last two home games come down to the wire. The team rallied for 21-unanswered points to force overtime against Montana State before falling to the Bobcats, 34-28. Last week, built a 23-14 lead over North Dakota midway through the third quarter only to have the Fighting Hawks rally for a 30-26 win. Cal Poly has the top ranked rush offense in the Big Sky at 252.9 yards per game and is one of the few teams still running the triple option offense
3. Player of the Week (x2)
The duo of Kevin Thomson and Devon Medeiros were each named Big Sky Conference Player of the Week, becoming the first Hornet pair to win the award in the same week since 2006. Thomson was named the conference's co-Offensive Player of the Week and also added STATS FCS National Offensive Player of the Week after throwing four touchdowns and rushing for two in the win over then-No. 5 Montana. The junior earned the Big Sky award for the second consecutive week. Medeiros made a pair of field goals and became Sacramento State's all-time leader in career PATs to take home the Special Teams Player of the Week award. Linebacker Cyrus Mulitalo and punter Mitch Lively were the recipients the last time the Hornets earned two POTW awards in the same week following a win at Eastern Washington.
4. Just Like High School
Cal Poly has 12 players on its rosters with ties to the greater Sacramento area, many of whom were teammates with current Sacramento State players. The coaching staffs also have their own connections as Cal Poly QBs coach Dano Graves played under Troy Taylor and Kris Richardson at Folsom HS. The Mustangs' defensive coordinator Josh Brown was the linebackers coach at Sacramento State under Marshall Sperbeck. Current Hornet director of recruiting and player development coach Chris Parry graduated from Cal Poly.
5. Honorary Captain
A week after former Sacramento State head coach John Volek served as the team's honorary captain, the Hornets will welcome Doug Mattos as this week's honorary captain. Mattos' father, Bob, was the Hornet head coach from 1978-92. During that span, he posted an 84-73-2 overall record and led the team to the NCAA Div. II semifinals in 1988. Doug Mattos will speak to the team at the hotel on Friday and will be a part of the pregame festivities on Saturday.
Cal Poly uses a clear bag policy at Spanos Stadium. Complete information can be found HERE.