Football Hosts Sacramento State On Hall of Fame Weekend
Nov. 6, 2007
Game #11 Information
Date: Saturday, November 10, 2007
Kickoff: 12:05 p.m. MT
Stadium: Nottingham Field
Last Meeting: October 28, 2006; SAC 14-9
Promotions: Hall of Fame Game; Armed Forces Day
Chris Ott, color analyst
Internet Video Streaming: bigskytv.org
Saturday's game is part of the Hall of Fame Weekend, where from football, both Billy Holmes (1994-97) and the 1997 football National Championship Team will be inducted at a ceremony on Friday evening. Others being inducted are: Karl Dodge (Track & Field, 1988-93), Ed Dyer (Baseball, 1961-64), Jim Lord (Contributor), Mandy Nilsen (Soccer, 1998-01) and Stormie Wells (Volleyball, 1992-95). The game is also being touted as Armed Forces Day, where all individuals showing military ID will be admitted for free.
The Bears close out their regular season with the final two games of the season at Nottingham Field, hosting
This will be only the second meeting between
Once again, freshman offensive lineman Andrew Dunkley went to high school with someone from the opposition as Sacramento State's Torell Baker (WR) and Kevin Davis (DB) all attended Long Beach Poly, though Baker and Davis are a couple of years older than Dunkley.
Sept. 1 at
Sept. 15 *at
Sept. 22 at
Sept. 29 *
Oct. 6 *at Weber State L, 7-26
Oct. 13 *
Oct. 20 at
Oct. 27 *
Nov. 3 UC
Nov. 10 *at
Nov. 17 *
*Indicates Big Sky Conference Game
For the second straight week,
After missing the
Senior quarterback Dominic Breazeale threw for his 1,000th yard of the season in the final quarter and now has 1,001 for the year. It brings his career total to 2,019 and he is now just 18 yards shy of passing last season's total of 1,018 yards.
Sophomore defensive back Stephen Michon became the sixth different player this season to record an interception in a game this season, picking off Matt Nichol's pass and returning it 12 yards. The Bears have 10 interceptions for 229 yards in 2007, while opponents have picked off just eight passes for 78 yards. The team also has tied last year's total of 10 interceptions, but has surpassed the yardage tally by 152 yards, as the 2006 squad returned for 77 yards.
Junior running back David Woods is just 116 yards shy of 1,000 all purpose yards this season. It would be the sixth straight year and the 25th time in school history a player has surpassed the century mark in all purpose yards. Woods is averaging 98.2 yards per game, so at his current pace, will break the 1,000 yard mark in the season finale against Portland State on Nov. 17.
When looking to get six points on the board, it's a pretty good bet offensive coordinator Dennis Darnell is going to call one of three numbers, 21, 9 or 84. Junior running back David Woods leads the team with five touchdowns this year, while junior tight end Ryan Chesla has four and senior tight end Clint Wright has three. The only other non-kicker to score points this season is junior quarterback Mike Vlahogeorge who rushed for six-points in the season opener against
After not leading at any point in the first eight games of the season,
In the last two games,
Against Big Sky Conference opponents,
Several Bears rank among the Big Sky Conference leaders this season. Junior running back David Woods ranks seventh in rushing yards per game, averaging 70.9, while senior quarterback Dominic Breazeale ranks ninth in both passing yards per game (100.1) and pass efficiency (104.8). Freshman defensive back Max Hewitt is eighth in the conference in interceptions per game (0.30) and senior punter Rafael Mendoza ranks seventh in punting average (39.8). Junior linebacker Cristian Sarmento is the highest ranked Bear in the league statistics, sitting third with 11.8 tackles per game. Sophomore defensive end John Eddy currently sits in a tie for seventh with 4.0 sacks this season and is tied for eighth with 9.5 tackles for loss. Sophomore corner back Quincy Wofford also ranks ninth with nine passes defended.
After the Bears' victory over
Northern Colorado snapped a 16-game losing streak with the upset victory over #19 Montana State, winning its first-ever Big Sky Conference game. The Bears win was the first in 2007 and the second of head coach Scott Downing's career with the team. Both of his victories are now over ranked opponents as in 2006, NC defeated #23
Junior wide receiver Cory Fauver surpassed the 200 yard mark in returns this season (kickoffs + punts) with the game against
The key for victory at
Junior linebacker Cristian Sarmento recorded a career-best 20 tackles against
True freshman defensive back Max Hewitt recorded his third interception of the season and the second in as many games against #3
A total of 16 different players have caught at least one pass for the Bears this season. Senior wide receiver Andy Birkel and junior tight end Ryan Chesla lead with 33 catches each, while junior wide receiver Cory Fauver has caught 31 passes. In players with more than 10 receptions, Chesla leads the team averaging 11.8 yards per catch, while senior tight end Clint Wright is at 11.3, Birkel is averaging 11.1 and Fauver is at 10.3 yards per catch.
For the second time this season, five different receivers caught passes for 20 or more yards in the same game. Junior wide receiver Cory Fauver caught three passes for 54 yards and the long catch of the day at 36 yards against
After not having any plays for 20 or more yards in the first two games of the year, the Bears have put together 23 (21 pass, 2 rush) plays from scrimmage that have covered at least 20 yards. Seven of those 23 passing plays have been to junior tight end Ryan Chesla, with five coming from senior quarterback Dominic Breazeale and one coming from junior quarterback Mike Vlahogeorge. Redshirt freshman Andy Muns has one rush for 20 yards, while junior David Woods also has a 20-yard gain on the ground this season. Last year, the Bears had 34 plays (23 pass, 11 rush) for 20 or more yards.
Senior wide receiver Andy Birkel has caught at least one pass in all 21 games he has played for
Be the first two-game home winning streak for the Bears since 2005... Tie the all-time series 1-1 against
Junior linebacker Joe Kenney is now just four tackles shy of 200 for his career... Junior tight end Ryan Chesla needs 69 yards to garner 500 reception yards for his career, while junior wide receiver Brian Barmann is 142 yards shy of the same milestone... Junior running back David Woods is 116 yards shy of 1,000 all-purpose yards for the season... Senior quarterback Dominic Breazeale now has 1,001 passing yards for the season... Senior wide receiver Andy Birkel is 82 yards shy of 1,500 all-purpose yards for his career... Senior defensive back D.J. Craft is nine tackles shy of 100.
Twice this season two Bears have broken the 100-yard barrier in all purpose yards in the same game. Junior defensive back Eric Brown notched 104 yards all coming in kickoff returns, while junior running back David Woods tallied 101 yards (98 rushing, 3 receiving) at Idaho State. The Bears also had two over 100 at
The Bears feature tight ends junior Ryan Chesla and senior Clint Wright. Last season, the two combined to average 0.81 catches per game (9 catches, 89 yards, 0 touchdowns). Thus far in 2007, they're averaging 4.8 catches per game (48 catches, 560 yards, 7 touchdowns), 56.0 yards per game and have all seven receiving touchdowns on the year.
Senior defensive back Aaron Henderson, sophomore defensive end Scott Allen and sophomore cornerback Korey Askew are all out the remainder of the season with knee injuries. Junior defensive back Eric Brown injured his right arm against MSU and is doubtful for the remainder of the season.
For the first time in Big Sky Conference history, the league will sponsor a weekly conference call with the nine head coaches. The call will take place on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon (Mountain) beginning Sept. 5.
10:38-10:46 Bobby Hauck,
10:46-10:54 Ron McBride,
10:54-11:02 Rob Ash,
11:02-11:10 Scott Downing, No.
The Bears sport two pair of brothers currently on the roster in Matt (Fr-LB) and Mike (Jr-QB) Vlahogeorge, and Justin (So-RB) and Korey (So-DB) Askew but there are several other members of the team who had brothers on previous year's teams. Senior linebacker Asa Matthew's brother Adam played for the Bears from 1999-2003, while senior nose guard Vinny Pallone's brother Dominic played for the Bears from 1996-00.
In a vote by the players,