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  Elijah Dotson ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns and Sacramento State beat Idaho 31-7 on Saturday. The Hornets (8-3, 6-1) moved into a three-way tie with Montana and Weber State atop the Big Sky Conference standings with one game left in the regular season. Sacramento State beat the Grizzlies 49-22 on October 19 and lost 36-17 to the Wildcats on November 2. Caelan Barnes recovered a fumble forced by Marcus Bruce on the game's second play from scrimmage and six plays later Kevin Thompson's 4-yard touchdown run gave Sacramento State a 7-0 lead. Josiah Erickson recovered another Vandals fumble early in the second quarter at the 19 and, after the Hornets went three-and-out, Devon Medeiros made a 33-yard field goal but Idaho was called for roughing the kicker, giving Sacramento State a first-and-goal at the 6.

Two plays later, Dotson scored on a 4-yard run. Medeiros kicked a 33-yarder midway through the period and BJ Perkinson's 22-yard TD run with 54 seconds left in the half made it 24-0. Mason Petrino had for 133 yards passing, including a 24-yard touchdown to Cutrell Haywood, for Idaho (4-7, 2-5). Sacramento State, which went into the game ranked No. 6 in the FCS Coaches poll, limited the Vandals to 194 total yards and just eight first downs. The Hornets tied the program's single-season record for conference wins and set its Division I mark for overall wins. - AP College Football


(DS#999 RB) Jr/2021 RB Elijah DotsonSacramento State
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  2019 WALTER PAYTON AWARD WATCHLIST ADDITION: QB Kevin Thomson, Sacramento State,...Thomson is in the midst of a remarkable season in which he's thrown for 2,423 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushed for 413 yards and seven scores. The junior is already third in school history for single-season touchdown passes, tied for third in single-season touchdowns responsible for, sixth in single-season completions and seventh in single-season yards. Thomson's efforts have helped Sacramento State become a top 10 program in the FCS. The Hornets are currently 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the Big Sky Conference for their best start in the school's Div. I era. Thomson has thrown three or more touchdowns in six of the team's eight games, including a career-high five in the team's 50-0 win over Northern Colorado. He has four games this year where he's accounted for at least five touchdowns passing and running. - Sacramento State/STATS FCS Football

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  Pierre Williams recovered an onside kick that led to his to his game-winning touchdown reception with 23 seconds left - the Hornets' second score in the final 1:38 - and Sacramento State beat Northern Arizona 38-34 on Saturday. Jake Dunniway threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Gable before Devon Medeiros booted an onside kick over NAU's front line of defenders that Williams was able to snare at the Hornets 49-yard line. Five plays later Dunniway found Williams alone on the left side and he dove onto the pylon. The Lumberjacks (4-6, 2-4 Big Sky) used a 73-yard pass play from Case Cookus to Stacy Chukwumezie, a 54-yard field goal by Luis Aguilar and Joe Logan's 63-yard run in the final quarter to take a 34-24 lead. Logan finished with 210 yards rushing on 24 carries and three TDs. Dunniway threw for 384 yards, four touchdowns and an interception for the FCS eighth-ranked Hornets (7-3, 5-1). Two of the TD passes went to Marshel Martin. - AP College Football

(DS#999 WR) rSo/2022 WR Pierre WilliamsSacramento State
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  OCT 28 BIG SKY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sacramento State running back Elijah Dotson broke tackle after tackle to rack up a season-high 176 yards on the ground. He added a career-high-tying three rushing touchdowns in Sacramento State's 38-14 win over Cal Poly. The junior was the catalyst for a Hornet rushing attack which amassed 348 rushing yards and five touchdowns in the game. Dotson registered touchdown runs of 19, 1 and 30 yards in the game. He also led the Hornets with five receptions for 50 yards. The 100-yard rushing performance was the eighth of Dotson's career and the second this season. Others Nominated, Offense: Ty Flanagan, ISU; Tamarick Pierce, EWU; Case Cookus, NAU; Sirgeo Hoffman, PSU; Chris Helbig, SUU, Devon Cooley, WSU; Marcus Knight, UM. - Big Sky Conference Football

(DS#999 RB) Jr/2021 RB Elijah DotsonSacramento State
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  Elijah Dotson ran 19 times for 176 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday night and Sacramento State beat Cal Poly 38-14. Kevin Thomson passed for 171 yards and an interception and ran 11 times for 104 yards for the Hornets (6-2, 4-0 Big Sky Conference). BJ Perkinson added 57 yards rushing with two TDs. After a scoreless first quarter, Sacramento State scored 17 points in the second quarter and a touchdown in the third to make it 24-0.

Jake Jeffrey's 43-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Koski cut the deficit to 24-7 for the Mustangs (2-6, 1-4), but the Hornets scored two more touchdowns to make it 38-7 in the middle of the fourth quarter. Sacramento State, ranked eighth in the FCS Coaches Poll, hosts fifth-ranked Weber State next Saturday with first place in the Big Sky standings at stake. Duy Tran-Sampson ran 21 times for 70 yards for Cal Poly. - AP College Football


(DS#999 RB) Jr/2021 RB Elijah DotsonSacramento State
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  OCT 21 BIG SKY CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kevin Thomson guided No. 15/17 Sacramento State to its third straight victory over a Top 25 program. Thomson and the Hornets topped No. 5/6 Montana 49-22 at home. After trailing 7-0 to start the game, the Hornets scored two minutes later to take the lead and never trailed again. Thomson rushed for two touchdowns and added four touchdown passes to seal the win for Sacramento State. Other Nominees, Offense: Duy Tran-Sampson, CP; Jake Maier, UCD; Sirgeo Hoffman, PSU; Landon Measom, SUU; Jeff Cotton, UI; Jacob Knipp, UNC. - Big Sky Conference Football

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  In front of one of the largest crowds in Hornet Stadium history, Sacramento State completely dominated then-No. 6 Montana, 49-22, to jump from No. 17 to No. 8 in this week's AFCA FCS Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Montana was the third straight ranked opponent that Sacramento State has beaten in as many weeks. The Hornets are 3-0 in Big Sky Conference play for the first time in school history. North Dakota State still sits No. 1 after a 22-0 blanking of Missouri State. The Bison will take part in one of four Top 25 matchups this coming weekend as they travel to No. 3 South Dakota State. The winner will be in sole possession of first place in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

The rest of the Top 25 matchups include No. 2 James Madison playing host to No. 17 Towson while No. 5 Weber State travels to No. 22 UC Davis. The final matchup sees No. 10 Central Arkansas hosting No. 25 Sam Houston State. The Bearcats jumped back into the poll this week after upsetting then-No. 9 Nicholls, 17-0. The other two newcomers to this week's poll are No. 23 Florida A&M and No. 24 Central Connecticut State. The Rattlers took down then-No. 11 North Carolina A&T, 34-31, in overtime, to assure their spot in the Top 25. - American Football Coaches Association


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  OCT 21 STATS FCS NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kevin Thomson, Sacramento State, QB, Jr., 6-2, 200, Auburn, Washington,...Thomson may as well been Homecoming king considering how he controlled Sac State's 49-22 Big Sky rout of then-No. 5 Montana, setting career highs in passing yards (369) and total offensive yards (419) and accounting for six touchdowns (four passing, two rushing). He completed 24-of-34 passes for 369 yards and a 194.7 quarterback rating, and carried the ball 16 times for 50 yards. Honorable Mention: Jacob Birmelin, WR/PR, Princeton; Josh Davis, RB, Weber State; Wesley Dugger, RB, Davidson; Isaiah Hill, WR, Eastern Illinois; Sirgeo Hoffman, RB, Portland State; Shane Leatherbury, WR, Towson; Glendon McDaniel, QB, Southern; Isaiah Weston, WR, Northern Iowa; Aaron Winchester, QB, Central Connecticut State. - STATS FCS Football

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  Kevin Thomson accounted for six touchdowns to lead Sacramento State to a 49-22 rout of Montana on Saturday night. The 15th-ranked Hornets (5-2, 3-0) are tied with Weber State atop the Big Sky Conference standings. No. 5 Montana (5-2, 2-1) had its three-game win streak snapped. Thomson was 24-of-34 passing for 369 yards and threw four touchdowns passes to four separate receivers. He added 50 yards on the ground on 16 carries with a pair of touchdown runs.

Pierre Williams had 153 yards receiving and Elijah Dotson added 124 yards, and each had eight catches with a touchdown. Dalton Sneed was 15 of 25 for 140 yards and threw two interceptions for the Grizzlies. Jerry Louie-McGee scored on a 64-yard run two minutes into the game for Montana. Sneed's 19-yard touchdown run pulled the Grizzlies to 18-15 early in the second quarter before the Hornets ran away and capped the scoring with Thomson's 39-yard TD pass to Dotson with 14 seconds left in the third. - AP College Football


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  OCT 14 BIG SKY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kevin Thomson quarterbacked Sacramento State to a 34-21 win over No. 6 Montana State on the road, handing the Bobcats their first FCS loss of the season. The junior completed 23-of-30 passes during the game to help the Hornets to a win over their highest-ranked opponent in school history. In the Hornets' first win against Montana State in Bozeman since 1991, Thomson threw for 260 yards and completed touchdown passes of 7, 6 and 26 yards. He rushed for a team-high of 74 yards and ran for a pair of scores. Thomson was involved on every scoring play for the Hornets in the victory. Other Nominees, Offense: Jake Maier, UCD; Davis Alexander, PSU; Landen Measom, SUU; Eric Barriere, EWU; Milo Hall, UNC; Kevin Smith, WSU; Matt Struck, ISU. - Big Sky Conference Football

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  Kevin Thomson threw three touchdown passes and ran for two scores and Sacramento State beat Montana State 34-21 on Saturday. Thomson finished with 260 yards passing and 74 yards rushing. He ran for the Hornets' first two scores, then passed for the next three to three different receivers. The Hornets (4-2, 2-0 Big Sky) scored twice in the third quarter to take control of the game. Montana State drove to the Hornets' 1 with just under 10 minutes to play but was stopped. The Bobcats (2-1, 5-2) were unable to get stops on third down all game as Thomson and the Hornets converted on 9 of 11 until midway through the fourth quarter. MSU also came away empty on three trips inside the Sacramento State 22.

Linebacker Miguel Garcia picked off a Tucker Rovig pass on MSU's opening drive and Jeremy Harris dropped Travis Jonsen for a 5-yard loss on the next MSU possession as the Hornets' defense set the tone early. Rovig finished with 262 yards passing for MSU, while Logan Jones led the way rushing with 60 yards on six carries. Travis Jonsen had 109 yards receiving and ran for 55 while Kevin Kassis gained 119 yards on six catches. Elijah Dotson had 76 yards on six catches for the Hornets. - AP College Football


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  Kevin Thomson passed for 315 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two more TDs to help Sacramento State beat Eastern Washington 48-27 on Saturday night. Thomson scored for the Hornets (3-2, 1-0 Big Sky Conference) on a 2-yard keeper to make it 41-27 with 6:16 left in the game. The Eagles (2-4, 1-1) drove to the 16 but Dariyn Choates strip sacked Eric Barriere and George Obinna recovered and returned it 66 yards for the Hornets' second defensive touchdown with 2:18 left in the game.

Miguel Garcia intercepted Barriere's pass and returned it 27 yards to make it 21-7 with 14 seconds left in the first quarter. Elijah Dotson ran 16 times for 102 yards and caught six passes for 47 yards and a score for Sacramento State. Isaiah Gable had seven receptions for 104 yards and a TD. Barriere passed for 309 yards and two TDs and ran for 103 yards and a score for Eastern Washington. Jayson Williams had seven catches for 120 yards and a TD. - AP College Football


(DS#39 QB) rJr/2021 QB Kevin ThomsonSacramento State
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  WEEK 3 BIG SKY FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sacramento State defensive lineman Dariyn Choates led a Sacramento State defense that kept visiting Northern Colorado out of the endzone, as the Hornets defeated the Bears 50-0. The senior registered six total tackles, including a career-high 3.5 for a loss of nine yards. Choates added two forced fumbles and a pass breakup, as Sacramento State shutout an opponent for the first time since 2011.

He added to the team's point total when he stopped Milo Hall in the end zone on a rush attempt for Sacramento State's first safety in two years. The Hornets finished the game with 10.0 tackles-for-loss. Others Nominated - Defense: Khalil Dorsey, NAU; Jonah Williams, WSU; Dante Olson, UM; Nick Eaton, UCD, Bryce Sterk, MSU; Ryan Lesch, PSU; Jack Sendelbach, EWU; Tre Walker, UI; Aaron Romero, SUU; Kody Graves, ISU. - Big Sky Football


(DS#999 DT) Sr/2020 DT Dariyn ChoatesSacramento State
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  2019 PRESEASON PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT ALL-FCS THIRD TEAM: Elijah Dotson, Sacramento State, Jr.,...Dotson led the team with 1,154 rushing yards, nine touchdowns and 1,314 all-purpose yards in 2018. He became the first Hornet running back to earn first team all-Big Sky honors since Charles Roberts who did it three years in a row (1998-2000). - Sacramento State Football

(DS#999 RB) Jr/2021 RB Elijah DotsonSacramento State
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  2019 PRESEASON ALL-BIG SKY FOOTBALL TEAM: RB: Elijah Dotson, Jr., Sacramento State,...Dotson was the catalyst for the Sacramento State offense last season, leading the team with 1,154 rushing yards, nine touchdowns and 1,314 all-purpose yards. He became the first Hornet running back to earn first team all-Big Sky honors since Charles Roberts who did it three years in a row (1998-2000).

Dotson's average of 115.4 yards per game was the third highest in school history while his total of 1.154 yards placed him seventh despite the team playing on 10 games during the regular season. He also moved into fifth place in school history with an average of 6.2 yards per carry. - Sacramento State Football


(DS#999 RB) Jr/2021 RB Elijah DotsonSacramento State
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