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FIVE FACTS FOR NO. 4 FOOTBALL IN THE 66TH CAUSEWAY CLASSIC

FIVE FACTS FOR NO. 4 FOOTBALL IN THE 66TH CAUSEWAY CLASSIC
Date Saturday, Nov. 23
Time 2:00 p.m. PT
Radio ESPN 1320 AM
TV CW31
Stream Pluto.TV
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Game Notes Sacramento State | UC Davis

 

1. What's At Stake

Sacramento State has already guaranteed itself it's most successful Div. I season in program history. A win this week would make the year historic. The Hornets are currently 8-3 overall and 6-1 in Big Sky Conference games. A victory would give the team a share of the conference title for the first time in school history and would allow the Hornets to win nine games in a year for the first time since 1988.

2. Rise and Shine

The 66th Causeway Classic presented by Pepsi will kick off at 2:05 p.m. This week's game is the only home day game played by the team but is nothing the team is not accustomed to as Sacramento State has played afternoon games the last two weeks. The parking lots will open at 10 a.m. and fans are encouraged to get their tickets early to avoid the late rush at the box office.

3. Senior Sendoff

Another reason to get into Hornet Stadium early is to take part in the Senior Day ceremonies. Sacramento State will honor 16 seniors who will be playing their final regular season game at Hornet Stadium. The list is comprised of Isaiah Bailey, Caelan Barnes, Nick Bianco, Marcus Bruce, Dariyn Choates, Ja'Narrick James, Ian Lauvai, Dhaamir Lomax, Calvin Martin, Kevin McKinney, Devon Medeiros, Wyatt Ming, Blake Nydam, George Obinna, Allen Perryman and Joey Wood.

4. Causeway Classic Quick Facts

Despite this being the 66th Causeway Classic, Saturday's game will be the 67th meeting between the two schools. In 1988, the teams met twice, with Sacramento State winning in both the regular season (31-28) and the first round of the Div. II playoffs (35-13). The first of those victories ended an 18-game losing streak against the Aggies.

The game was not referred to as the Causeway Classic until 1983. Former Sacramento State SID Mike Duncan is credited with creating the moniker.

The Causeway Classic has drawn 605,327 fans over the past 65 years. The two largest Sacramento State football crowds have come against UC Davis. In 1999, 20,993 attended the game while the 2001 contest drew 17,328.

Due to poor air quality caused by smoke from the Camp Fire, last year's Causeway Classic was played at Mackay Stadium on the campus of Nevada. The Causeway Classic has also been hosted at Hughes Stadium, Grant Bowl, Hornet Stadium, UC Davis Health Stadium and Toomey Field.

5. Honorary Captain

This week's honorary captain is Ricky Ray. The quarterback starred for Sacramento State from 1999-2000 where he threw for over 4,000 yards with 33 touchdowns. Despite playing just two years, Ray is still ranked seventh in program history in career passing yards and is second in career completion percentage.

After his Hornet career, he briefly played in the Arena Football League before finding a home in the CFL where he won four Grey Cups. Ray played for the Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto Argonauts and retired this summer with over 60,000 career passing yards and 324 career touchdowns.

Ray will speak to the team on Friday night and then take part in the pregame activities on Saturday.

 

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