Scores

Final

N Colorado 17

(1-2, 0-0 Big Sky)

Sacramento St 28

(2-1, 0-0 Big Sky)

5:05 PM ET, September 15, 2012

Hornet Stadium, Sacramento, CA

1 2 3 4 T
UNCO 3 7 0 717
SAC 7 7 7 728

Top Performers

Passing: G. Safron (SAC) - 177 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: E. Graham (SAC) - 21 CAR, 98 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Davis (UNCO) - 10 REC, 123 YDS

Sacramento St. 28, N. Colorado 17

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Garrett Safron threw two touchdown passes, Ezekiel Graham ran for 98 yards and another score, and Sacramento State maintained its momentum Saturday, beating Northern Colorado 28-17.

Safron, who starred last week in the Hornets' upset of Football Bowl Subdivision foe Colorado, was 16 of 30 for 177 yards, with one interception, and found Morris Norrise and DeAndre Carter for scores. Sam McCowan added a rushing touchdown for Sacramento State (2-1).

Seth Lobato threw for 327 yards for the Bears (1-2) but was intercepted three times. Tromaine Dennis scored a late rushing touchdown, and Dominic Gunn returned a second-quarter punt 74 yards for the score. That gave Northern Colorado its only lead, 10-7, before Sacramento State scored three unanswered touchdowns, the last Graham's 2-yard run with 12:11 to play.

The teams are Big Sky Conference rivals, but this matchup was scheduled as a nonconference game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNCO
SAC
1st Downs2317
Total Yards399341
Passing327177
Rushing72164
Penalties11-1179-82
3rd Down Conversions5-147-18
4th Down Conversions1-21-2
Turnovers42
Possession29:2730:33

Passing Leaders

Northern ColoradoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lobato30/543276.103
Sacramento StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Safron16/301775.921

Rushing Leaders

Northern ColoradoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dennis14694.9120
Hildreth7273.909
Sacramento StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Graham21984.7135
McCowan6355.8122

Receiving Leaders

Northern ColoradoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Davis1012312.3029
Jefferson Jr.56012.0019
Sacramento StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Norrise46115.3140
Knowles14545.0045

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNCOSAC
TD13:51Morris Norrise 40 Yd Pass From Garrett Safron (Edgar Castaneda Kick) 07
FG09:18Dave Eden 46 Yd 37
SECOND QUARTERUNCOSAC
TD12:52Dominic Gunn 74 Yd Punt Return (Dave Eden Kick) 107
TD05:56Sam McCowan 6 Yd Run (Edgar Castaneda Kick) 1014
THIRD QUARTERUNCOSAC
TD06:31DeAndre Carter 14 Yd Pass From Garrett Safron (Edgar Castaneda Kick) 1021
FOURTH QUARTERUNCOSAC
TD12:11Ezekiel Graham 2 Yd Run (Edgar Castaneda Kick) 1028
TD08:11Tromaine Dennis 1 Yd Run (Dave Eden Kick) 1728