Scores

Final

N Colorado 25

(1-9, 1-6 Big Sky)

Sacramento St 45

(6-5, 3-4 Big Sky)

5:05 PM ET, November 15, 2008

Hornet Stadium, Sacramento, CA

1 2 3 4 T
UNCO 7 6 6 625
SAC 14 10 0 2145

Top Performers

Passing: J. Smith (SAC) - 267 YDS, 4 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: B. Hilliard (SAC) - 35 CAR, 171 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Thompson (UNCO) - 7 REC, 145 YDS, 1 TD

Sacramento St. 45, N. Colorado 25

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sophomore quarterback Jason Smith threw a career-high four touchdown passes to lead Sacramento State 45-25 over Northern Colorado on Saturday.

Senior wide receiver Tony Washington caught four passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns and sophomore running back Bryan Hilliard ran for 171 yards and one TD for the Sacramento State Hornets (6-5, 3-4 Big Sky), who sealed a non-losing season for the first time since going 7-4 in 2000.

Junior quarterback Bryan Waggener threw for 317 yards and one touchdown, and ran for two more for the Northern Colorado Bears (1-9, 1-6 Big Sky), who have lost five straight conference games.

Smith threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Washington and a 53-yard strike to Torrell Baker in the first quarter to give the Hornets a 14-0 lead.

The Bears' defense had two fumble recoveries that resulted in a 4-yard touchdown run by Waggener in the first quarter, and a 20-yard field goal in the second quarter.

The Hornets scored the next 10 points, including an interception returned 27 yards to the end zone by senior defensive back Kevin Davis that gave Sacramento State a 24-13 halftime lead.

The Bears got within five points on a 1-yard touchdown run by Waggener late in the third quarter. But Smith threw his last touchdown passes to Washington and freshman receiver Chase Deadder, and Hilliard scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter to stretch the Hornets' margin.

Junior receiver Alex Thompson caught seven passes for 145 yards and one TD for Northern Colorado.

Washington has caught 12 touchdown passes thus far this season, the second most in Sacramento State's history.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNCO
SAC
1st Downs2619
Total Yards436455
Passing317267
Rushing119188
Penalties4-356-43
3rd Down Conversions5-124-9
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers44
Possession27:5932:01

Passing Leaders

Northern ColoradoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Waggener23/393178.112
Sacramento StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith10/1726715.742

Rushing Leaders

Northern ColoradoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Woods18975.4017
Muns3144.709
Sacramento StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hilliard351714.9122
Croxdale3196.307

Receiving Leaders

Northern ColoradoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thompson714520.7144
Caprioli66711.2020
Sacramento StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Washington49223.0266
Deadder16868.0168

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNCOSAC
TD14:42Tony Washington 66 Yd Pass From Jason Smith (Juan Gamboa Kick) 07
TD07:06Torrell Baker 53 Yd Pass From Jason Smith (Juan Gamboa Kick) 014
TD01:45Bryan Waggener 4 Yd Run (Michael York Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERUNCOSAC
FG10:57Michael York 20 Yd 1014
FG05:53Juan Gamboa 27 Yd 1017
TD01:58Kevin Davis 27 Yd Interception Return (Juan Gamboa Kick) 1024
FG00:00Michael York 24 Yd 1324
THIRD QUARTERUNCOSAC
TD02:39Bryan Waggener 1 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 1924
FOURTH QUARTERUNCOSAC
TD11:58Tony Washington 10 Yd Pass From Jason Smith (Juan Gamboa Kick) 1931
TD10:07Chase Deadder 68 Yd Pass From Jason Smith (Juan Gamboa Kick) 1938
TD07:47Alex Thompson 25 Yd Pass From Bryan Waggener (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 2538
TD05:38Bryan Hilliard 1 Yd Run (Juan Gamboa Kick) 2545