Football gears up to face the University of Colorado on Saturday

State Hornet Staff

Sacramento State football will look to upset a Pac-12 school for the second straight year when the Hornets travel to face the University of Colorado.

This will be the first ever meeting between the Hornets and the Buffaloes.

Junior wide receiver Morris Norrise led the Hornets with 89 yards receiving in their victory against Oregon State last season, which gave him experience playing against a Pac-12 school.

“We have to go out there and put everything on the line,” Norrise said. “We have seen that we can beat bigger opponents, so why can’t we do it again this year?”

Colorado comes into the game with only three wins in its last 11 games. Their most recent loss was to Colorado State on Sept 1.

Buffaloes’ head coach Jon Embree said he cannot take the Hornets lightly just because they are an FCS team.

“(Sac State) is not afraid to play on the big stage,” Embree said. “They are a fast team that is very physical.”

Transfer quarterback Jordan Webb is set to start his second game for Colorado. Last season Webb started every game for Kansas University, where he threw 20 touchdown passes and 20 interceptions.

Although Webb threw for 187 yards and two touchdown passes against Colorado State, Embree said his team will have to run the football to be successful.

“It doesn’t matter what conference you are in or at what level, if you don’t run the ball it is going to be hard to win,” Embree said.

The Hornets will not only have to deal with a Pac-12 team, but also playing at higher elevations, which Embree said his team plans to use to its advantage.

Sac State head coach Marshall Sperbeck said he will have to work hard to keep up with the up-tempo offense.

“When things are going well for them they like to speed up the offense,” Sperbeck said. “We can’t let the noise (of the crowd) get to us. We need to communicate with each other on the field.”

Colorado will be without its starting free safety Ray Polk, who suffered a high ankle sprain against Colorado State.

The game will be broadcast at noon Saturday on the Pac-12 Network.

Ryan Kuhn can be reached at @rskuhn