SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Senior slotback Deonte Williams rushed for 117 yards and three touchdowns while senior quarterback Andre Broadous passed for two scores as unbeaten and No. 14/15 Cal Poly scored 14 points in each quarter en route to a 56-28 Big Sky Conference victory over visiting Northern Colorado on Saturday before 9,382 in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Broadous completed nine of 12 passes and Cal Poly accumulated 519 yards in total offense en route to its sixth straight victory. The Mustangs are tied for first place with Eastern Washington in the Big Sky, both with 4-0 marks.
Northern Colorado fell to 1-5 and 0-3.
Cal Poly never trailed, but the two teams traded a pair of touchdowns each in the first quarter. The Mustangs snapped a 14-14 tie with five consecutive scores to pull away.
Sophomore slotback Kristaan Ivory scored on runs of eight and 37 yards, the latter snapping the 14-14 deadlock and giving Cal Poly the lead for good.
Williams, who has surpassed the 100-yard mark in rushing five times in six games this season, added scoring runs of 5, 11 and 15 yards.
Broadous connected with sophomore wide receiver Willie Tucker on a 45-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, breaking a 7-7 tie, and hit Brandon Michalkiewicz with a 30-yard scoring pass early in the fourth period for a 49-21 Mustang advantage.
Senior slotback Ryan Solomon completed Cal Poly's scoring with a five-yard run to the right corner of the end zone with 3:47 to go in the game.
Cal Poly converted 11 of 14 third-down plays and accumulated a 26-22 advantage in first downs and 519-361 in total offense. Northern Colorado, however, had the ball for 34 minutes, 39 seconds, while the Mustangs compiled just 25:21 in time of possession.
Northern Colorado quarterback Seth Lobato completed 27 of 37 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with Darin McDonald on a 22-yard scoring pass and a 11-yarder to Jace Davis.
Tromaine Dennis rushed for 52 yards and one score, a one-yard run in the first quarter, and Lobato added 24 yards on the ground, including a one-yard scoring run with 55 seconds to play in the game.
Jace Davis and Dominic Gunn each caught six passes for Northern Colorado. Michalkiewicz was on the receiving end of three Broadous aerials.
Cal Poly's defensive leaders were linebacker Johnny Millard with 12 tackles and linebacker Kennith Jackson and tackle Sullivan Grosz, each with 11. Grosz recorded all three Mustang sacks and forced a fumble as well.
Cal Poly's point total is the most since the Mustangs defeated Southern Utah 69-41 in 2008.
Cal Poly football, presented by French Hospital Medical Center, hosts Portland State for its Homecoming game and another Big Sky Conference contest next Saturday at 6:05 p.m. in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Photos courtesy of Ray Ambler