Sac State dominates Cal Poly wire to wire for 49-14 win

Updated: November 13, 2017

A week after winning their first game of the season, Cal Poly had what was probably their worst effort of 2017, losing a senior night game to in-state rival Sacramento State 49-14. 

Sacramento State went up 28-0 at halftime with long touchdown passes from Kevin Thompson to Jaelin Ratliff and Andre Lindsey bookended by a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown and a fumble return for a touchdown. 

Meanwhile, Cal Poly couldn’t keep its offensive momentum from a week ago as the Mustangs failed to score through the first three quarters as the Hornets built a 49-0 lead before putting their reserves in. 

After the game, Tim Walsh took a lot of the blame upon himself. Despite Cal Poly’s 1-9 record, they have been competitive in most of their games this season. Saturday night, they weren’t. 

“Our motto all year long has been to fight the fight,” said Walsh. “And I don’t think we fought the fight tonight.”

Cal Poly managed two fourth-quarter touchdowns to avoid their first shutout since 1999.

JMO goes for 1,000

When Joe Protheroe went down at the beginning of the season, senior Jared Mohamed took the mantle as the Mustangs’ featured fullback. The Brawley, CA product led Cal Poly with 125 yards on 30 carries and went over the 1,000 yard mark on the season. It was his 6th 100-yard game en route to becoming the 21st player in Cal Poly history to notch 1,000 yards in a season. 

Cal Poly quarterback Jake Jeffrey was 13-20 passing for 148 yards and JJ Koski and Kyle Lewis tallied 67 and 60 yards respectively receiving.

Time of possession

Generally, Cal Poly has had a time of possession advantage in recent years, and it’s served them well. On Saturday night, they had the ball for over 38 minutes while Sacramento State had it for under 22. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, having the ball didn’t turn into points in their final home game of 2017. 


The Mustangs, sitting at 1-9 on the season, have one game left. On Saturday, they’ll travel to Greeley, Colorado to face Northern Colorado. The Bears are 2-7 on the season and have lost six straight games. Kickoff in Greeley is set for 10:30AM Pacific Time. 

Photos from Saturday night below by Owen Main. 

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