Kicking game, defense lead Hornets in first half of Causeway Classic

Dante Geoffrey

Hornets linebacker Ben Cowger recovered a fumble in the end zone and kicker Jason Diniz made two field goals to put Sacramento State up 13-10 in the first half against Davis in the 58th Causeway Classic.

Diniz, who hadn’t made a field goal since the Sept. 17 game at Weber State, successfully kicked field goals of 23 and 25 yards.

Following the 23-yard kick, Davis started at its own 11-yard line. On second down, quarterback Randy Wright scrambled back into his own end zone where Cowger forced the ball out and fell on top of it for the score.

The Hornets offense has not been consistent, relying on big plays and great field position.

Freshman quarterback Garrett Safron has completed only three of his 15 passes for 67 yards. Most of Safron’s pass attempts have been on deep routes. The Hornets appear to be throwing deep to keep the Aggies defense from stacking the box to stop the run.

As usual, Safron has been more dangerous on the ground, netting 48 yards on seven rushes.

Davis quarterback Randy Wright has been much more consistent, completing 10 of his 15 passes, but for only 61 yards.

Wright’s two turnovers have been the most critical plays of the game. He threw an interception to Hornets cornerback Osagie Odiase that set up the first Diniz field goal.

Davis running back Colton Silveira has 54 yards on 11 rushes.

The Aggies’ lone touchdown came at the end of a 14-play, 78-yard drive that chewed up 6:58 of clock. Running back Austin Edmonson ran in for the eight-yard score on his only carry of the half.

Hornets wide receiver John Hendershott returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown but a holding penalty nullified the score.

The Aggies opened the scoring with a 33-yard field goal by senior kicker Sean Kelley.

Davis will receive the second-half kick.

Davis leads the all-time series against Sac State 40-18.

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