Sacramento State Hornets football

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Sacramento State Hornets
2015 Sacramento State Hornets football team
Sacramento State Hornets Logo.svg
First season 1954
Head coach Head Coach Jody Sears
2nd year, 7–5 (.583)
Home stadium Hornet Stadium (Sacramento State)
Stadium capacity 21,195
Location Sacramento, California
League NCAA Division I (FCS)
Conference Big Sky Conference
All-time record 251–339–8 (.426)
Postseason bowl record 0–2 (.000)
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 4
Division titles 0
Heisman winners 0

Green and Gold

For information on all California State University, Sacramento sports, see Sacramento State Hornets

The Sacramento State Hornets football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the California State University, Sacramento located in the U.S. state of California. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Big Sky Conference. The school's first football team was fielded in 1954. The team plays its home games at the 21,195 seat Hornet Stadium. They are currently coached by Interim Head Coach Jody Sears.


In 1954, Dave Strong was named the first football coach for the Hornets football program. The programs' first victory came in the second season, during the 1955 season, where the Hornets defeated Southern Oregon by a point, which was also their only win of the season(they failed to win a game in their inaugural season in which they went 0-7). Sacramento State Football first affiliated with the Northern California Athletic Conference (NCAC) from 1962 until 1972, where they were added to the Western Football Conference (WFC) from 1973 to 1985, then becoming part of the D-1AA American West Conference (AWC).[1] In 1996, Sac State was added to the Big Sky Conference along with Portland State, becoming the first California school in the Big Sky. Hornet Stadium has been home to the football team since 1969. The program's all time football record is (252-339-8).[2]

The history of Sac State football classifications[edit]

  • 1954-1960 No Classification
  • 1961-1972 NCAA College Division (Small College)
  • 1973-1992 NCAA Division II
  • 1993–present NCAA Division I-AA.

Hornet's coaching history[edit]

  • 1954-1956 Dave Strong, (4-18-1, head coaching record)
  • 1957-1960 John W. Baker,(15-22-0)
  • 1961-1975 Ray Clemons, (72-75-3)
  • 1976-1977 Glenn Brad, (2-18-1)
  • 1978-1992 Bob Mattos, (84-73-2)
  • 1993-1994 Mike Clemons, (9-11-0)
  • 1995-2002 John Volek, (31-57-1)
  • 2003-2006 Steve Mooshagian, (11-33-0)
  • 2007-2014 Marshall Sperbeck, (24-32-0)
  • 2014-2015 Jody Sears (7-5-0)

Past success and notable games[edit]

The team were never ranked in any major polls by the end of all their past seasons, but have won a total of 4 conference titles since 1954. The Hornets football team participated in 2 bowls, The Pasadena Bowl in 1968 against Grambling State, where the Hornets lost 7-34, and The Camellia Bowl in 1964 ( 1964 College Division National Runner-up), where Montana State Bobcats defeated the Hornets 28-7.

One of Sac State's most notable wins came on September 3, 2011 in the season opener for both Sac State and Oregon State Beavers of the Pacific-12 conference at Reser Stadium. The Hornets upset the Beavers in OT 29-28 with a 2-point conversion pass from QB Jeff Flemming to WR Brandyn Reed, beating an AQ (or BCS) Conference team for the first time in school history in front of an announced crowd of 41,581. The Beavers were a 23 point favorite coming into the game. Just four weeks after the win over Oregon State, the Hornets defeated FCS national power Montana for the program's first ever win over the Montana Grizzlies on September 24, 2011. Hornets defeated the then #10 ranked Grizzlies by a score of 42-28 in Hornet Stadium.

On September 8, 2012, Sac State defeated Colorado Buffaloes of the Pac-12 conference, at Folsom Field as 20 point underdogs.[3] Colorado jumped to an early 14-0 start but the Hornets quickly answered back with a pair of touchdown passes from Hornets QB Garrett Safron and a 2-yard rushing touchdown by A.J. Ellis to lead 21-14 over the Buffaloes.[4] Sac State led 24-21 during intermission. With less than a minute left in the fourth quarter and down 28-27, Hornet's walk-on kicker, Edgar Castenada, made the 31-yard field goal winning kick for a final score of 30-28. After the game, Hornets Head Coach Marshall Sperbeck announced in the locker room that Sacramento State has offered Castendada a scholarship.[5] This marked a consecutive year in which Sac State faced an AQ conference school (both in the Pac-12 conference) as heavy underdogs on the road and walked out with victories.


Sacramento State Football team plays against their arch rivals, UC Davis Aggies, annually and usually the last game of the regular season. This rivalry game is known as The Causeway Classic, and each team competes for the Causeway Carriage, referring to the fact that the schools are connected by the long Yolo Causeway bridge over Yolo Bypass flood way. UC Davis leads the series 40 to 18 with no ties. This game has drawn crowds up to 18,000 in the Hornet Stadium, and is widely popular in the local area. Other notable rivalries includes Portland State, Eastern Washington, Weber State, the Montana schools and Big Sky conference foes.

Bowl history[edit]

Bowl and Date Winning team Losing team Result
Camellia Bowl December 12, 1964 Montana State 28 Sacramento State 7 Lost
Pasadena Bowl 1968 Grambling State 34 Sacramento State 7 Lost
Year Conference Overall Record Coach
1964 Northern California Athletic Conference 8-2-1 Ray Clemons
1966 Northern California Athletic Conference 8-2-0 Ray Clemons
1986 Western Football Conference 6-4-1 Bob Mattos
1995 American West Football Conference 4-6-1 John Volek
Total 4

2014 schedule[edit]

# Date Opponent Location Result
1 August 30th, 2014 University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX W 49-13
2 September 6th, 2014 University of California—Berkeley Berkeley, CA L 55-14
3 September 13th, 2014 Weber State University Sacramento, CA W 42-31
4 September 20th, 2014 Menlo College Sacramento, CA W 59-14
5 September 27th, 2014 Idaho State University Pocatello, ID L 44-24
6 October 4th, 2014 Montana State University Sacramento, CA L 59-56
7 October 11th, 2014 University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO W 43-38
8 October 18th, 2014 California Polytechnic State University Sacramento, CA L 56-27
9 November 1st, 2014 University of Montana Missoula, MT L 31-13
10 November 8th, 2014 Southern Utah University Sacramento, CA W 42-21
11 November 15th, 2014 Portland State University Sacramento, CA W 48-41
12 November 22nd, 2014 University of California—Davis Davis, CA W 41-30

Past Hornets drafted in the NFL[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

Most notable alumni include:


  1. ^ "". Retrieved 2015-02-18. 
  2. ^ "Cal St.-Sacramento Historical Data". Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Sacramento State upsets Colorado 30-28 on late FG". Yahoo Sports. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  5. ^ [2][dead link]

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