This week in Hornet sports history: Week of 9/14

Volleyball dream opener, field goal school record and a 50-0 blowout in football


Flash back to the week of Sept. 14 in Hornets sports history.

Jordan Latimore

With live sports currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, sports writers for The State Hornet will be going through the archives each week to highlight some of the best performances in Sac State Athletics history.

Hornets win Big Sky volleyball opener over Weber State

Sacramento State senior setter Kennedy Kurtz celebrates a 3-1 victory in the first round of the Big Sky Tournament Thursday, Nov. 16 2017 at Colberg Court. Kurtz led the nation in assists for the Hornets. (Thomas Frey)

In the conference opener to the 2017 season, the Hornets volleyball team secured a big 3-1 win over the Weber State Wildcats.

In a match that went back and forth, the Hornets found themselves in a draw through the first two sets. 

Behind the leadership of senior setter Kennedy Kurtz, the nation’s then-leader in assists, the Hornets rallied and came out on top.

This victory for the Hornets was one of many to come, with the team going 14-1 in their next 15 games and securing the No. 1 seed in the Big Sky Tournament with an overall record of 24-8.

The magical 2017 Big Sky Hornet volleyball season ended in a heartbreak loss to North Dakota in the Big Sky Championship.

Kicker Brad Cornish breaks Sac State field goal record

Sac State football team kicker Brad Cornish successfully converted all five of his field goal attempts, setting a school record, in a 42-31 win against Weber State September 15, 2014.

All but one Cornish’s attempts came from more than 40 yards out, including a 48-yard bomb in the first quarter.

Sac State’s offense went 4 for 13 on third down conversions, so the Hornets called on Cornish’s services quite often, leading to many attempts and opportunities for the junior kicker to show his talents.

Including extra points, Sac State scored a total of 18 points just off of Cornish’s kicking alone.

Sac State football team shuts out Northern Colorado 50-0


Sac State wide receiver Dewey Cotton, right, and tight end Marshel Martin, left, celebrate after Cotton scored a touchdown against Northern Colorado on Saturday, Sept.14, 2019 at Hornet Stadium. Cotton had a total of 14 yards receiving and one touchdown against the Bears. (Eucario Calderon )


It has only been one year but it’s hard not to revisit the Sac State football team completely dismantling Northern Colorado in their week three matchup last year.

For the Hornets, this was not only a huge statement win against a conference opponent, but also revenge against a Bears team that routed the Hornets 41-15 in 2018’s homecoming matchup.

Junior running back Elijah Dotson led the team with 158 receiving yards while quarterback Kevin Thomson threw for five touchdowns.

Sac State accumulated a total of 614 yards of offense while holding Northern Colorado to just 171 yards.

The team finished with a 9-3 overall record with only one in-conference loss and ended the season with a share of their first ever Big Sky Conference Championship.