A newer college football program from Texas served as feel-good medicine for Sacramento State on Saturday night at Hornet Stadium.
Kevin Thomson passed for 320 yards and five touchdowns, and Dre Terrell had three first-half interceptions to lead the defensive charge as the Hornets blasted Incarnate Word of San Antonio 56-22 in their home opener.
It was 56-8 after three quarters. Thomson hit six receivers for touchdowns, including Andrew Lindsey, who had four catches for 176 yards.
Terrell was one of a number of area recruits who played big. Terrell, from Pleasant Grove High School, set a Hornets record with his first-half thefts, giving him four for the season, matching what Sac State had as a team in 2016. Terrell had five solo tackles, one more than Malcolm Thomas of Woodcreek High and Immanuel Anderson of Elk Grove. Each was a Sacramento Bee All-Metro star.
So was Elijah Dotson, a true freshman from Antelope whopowered a 12-1 team. Dotson's first collegiate touchdown was a 51-yard burst for the Hornets. He rushed for 74 yards on nine carries and caught a 31-yard touchdown pass.
Sac State amassed 535 yards and scored 21 points off five Incarnate turnovers.
Sac State, which lost its opener at Idaho 28-6, hosts Weber State next Saturday.