Sacramento State scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat MSU 41-38 on Oct. 1. The Bobcats are now 0-2 in the Big Sky Conference and 2-3 overall.
The teams had opposite game strategies, with the Sac State Hornets opting for a passing game and MSU keeping the ball on the ground. The Bobcats had 385 yards of rushing and only 154 passing yards, while the Hornets passed for 356 yards and ran for 123.
The game began with Sac State opting to kick, forcing MSU to return the ball. After a quick three-and-out, the Cats were forced to punt. The Sac State returner fumbled the catch and junior Mitch Herbert recovered the ball on Sacramento’s 37-yard line. The Bobcats took the lead 3-0 with a field goal.
The Hornets kept up with MSU’s offense throughout the first half. After leading 24-21 at halftime, the Bobcats scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to increase the lead to 38-20. That would be the last of the Cats’ scoring.
Sac State was able to rally in the fourth quarter, stopping the Bobcat offense and putting on a show of their own. The Bobcats had a chance to end the Hornets’ winning drive with an interception, but the ball was dropped and the Hornets were able to take the lead and finish the game.
The Bobcats will play Northern Arizona at home on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m.