Sac State rips Griz, dominating third straight Big Sky win

Troy Taylor’s statement of arrival to the rest of the Big Sky Conference got a resounding stamp of affirmation on Saturday in Sacramento.

On the first Saturday in October, Sacramento State dismantled No. 22 Eastern Washington, the team of this decade in the Big Sky and last season’s national runner-up. The 48-27 win marked Sac State’s first over a ranked FCS opponent since 2011.

Last week, the Hornets went into Bobcat Stadium and dismantled the No. 6-ranked Montana State Bobcats on MSU’s homecoming. The 34-21 win marked the highest-ranked FCS opponent Sac State has defeated since its football program began in 1954.

On Saturday, in a homecoming game billed as the biggest in program history against the No. 5 Montana Grizzlies in front of the third-largest non-Causeway Classic crowd in school history, Sac State put forth their best performance yet under Taylor, their swashbuckling, fun-loving first-year head coach.

Montana senior Jerry Louie-McGee ripped off a 64-yard touchdown run on the third play of the game. But the No. 15 Hornets utterly dominated the action from there, answering in two minutes with Pierre Williams’ 44-yard touchdown catch, a scoring reception that sparked a 35-point first half against the previously top-ranked scoring defense in the league.

By the time Kevin Thomson hit Elijah Dotson for a 39-yard touchdown with 14 seconds to go in the third quarter, the Hornets had 49 points, 517 yards and 28 first downs. Sac needed no offensive fireworks in the second half, instead cruising to a 49-22 victory in front of 15,140 at Hornet Stadium on a homecoming Saturday night.

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