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November 9, 2013

Brown Throws Four TD Passes to Lead Cal Poly Over Sacramento State

POSTGAME INTERVIEWS:
   TIM WALSH | CHRIS BROWN | VANTE SMITH-JOHNSON
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS (KSBY-TV)
BODIE BENNETT UPDATE

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Sophomore quarterback Chris Brown threw four touchdown passes while senior fullback Akaninyene Umoh and junior slotback Kristaan Ivory both rushed for over 100 yards as Cal Poly defeated Sacramento State 42-7 in a Big Sky Conference football game Saturday night in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

Umoh rushed for 129 yards on 17 carries, one of them a 69-yard touchdown romp, and Ivory produced his fifth 100-yard game of the season with 118 yards on 11 trips as Coach Tim Walsh's Mustangs completed their sweep of California's Football Championship Subdivision schools and improved to 5-5 overall and 4-2 in Big Sky games, tied for fourth place with Montana and Southern Utah.

Sacramento State, held to 54 yards rushing and 258 total yards, fell to 4-6 and 3-3.

Cal Poly, which beat San Diego 38-16 in August and UC Davis 34-16 last week, never trailed Saturday, scoring twice on Brown touchdown passes in the first quarter.

Brown (pictured at right) hit Cole Stanford with a 16-yard scoring pass two minutes into the game -- Alex Hubbard set up the short 22-yard drive with a game-opening 76-yard kickoff return -- and Austin Albison with a 14-yarder midway through the period for a 14-0 Mustang lead.

Sacramento State's only score of the game was a 15-yard pass from Garrett Safron to DeAndre Carter halfway through the second quarter, capping a 99-yard, six-play drive. It was Safron's 23rd touchdown pass of the season and Carter's 13th scoring catch.

Cal Poly scored the final 28 points of the game and held Sacramento State to 62 total yards in the second half.

Stanford caught another touchdown pass, six yards, from Brown five minutes prior to halftime and the Mustangs added three scores in the second half.

Umoh ran 69 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and, in the final period, Brown connected with Jordan Hines on a 20-yard scoring pass and Matt Rulon ran two yards for the final touchdown.

For the second straight game, Cal Poly amassed over 400 yards on the ground, finishing with 424 yards, the most given up by Sacramento State in its football history. Brown completed six of 10 passes for 66 yards as Cal Poly produced 490 yards in total offense.

Stanford (shown in photo at left with Bodie Bennett, Cal Poly's honorary team captain Saturday) was Cal Poly's top receiver with three receptions for 27 yards, two for scores. He is the first Mustang to catch more than one touchdown in a game since Dominique Johnson caught five touchdown passes against South Dakota on Nov. 14, 2009.

Safron completed 24 of 43 passes for 204 yards and one touchdown. He was intercepted twice and sacked two times, both by Mustang senior defensive tackle Nick Leyden.

Safron was the Hornets' top rusher with 25 yards on 10 carries. Morris Norrise caught five passes for 83 yards while Carter, Cole Hikutini and Shane Harrison each caught four passes.

Senior defensive tackle Sullivan Grosz and junior linebacker Johnny Millard both recorded eight tackles for Cal Poly. Linebacker Cameron Ontko and cornerback Vante Smith-Johnson both recorded their first career Mustang interceptions.

Todd Davis notched 14 tackles and Russell Smith added 10 for Sacramento State.

Cal Poly produced a pair of 100-yard rushers for the third time this season -- Ivory and Brown against Portland State and Ivory and Dano Graves against Weber State -- and sixth time in the last three seasons.

With the win, the Mustangs now lead the all-time series 17-16.

Cal Poly football, presented by French Hospital Medical Center, plays its final home game of the 2013 season next Saturday, hosting No. 3-ranked Eastern Washington (8-2, 6-0 Big Sky) at 12:40 p.m. ROOT SPORTS will televise the game.