SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Bryan Hilliard rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns, and Sacramento State broke the game open with special teams and defense in a 42-7 victory against Northern Colorado on Saturday.
The Hornets (3-3, 2-2 Big Sky) struck in the third quarter.
Corey Vanderbeek blocked Cameron Kaman's punt, and Randey Peterson returned the ball 3 yards for a touchdown. Later, defensive lineman Zack Nash caused quarterback Matt Baca to fumble, and David Coleman picked it up and ran 5 yards for a score, giving Sacramento State a 28-7 advantage.
Patrick Walker had five receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown for Northern Colorado (2-4, 1-3).
Jeff Fleming threw for 184 yards and two TDs for the Hornets.