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Sac State is the Word, rolling Incarnate Word of Texas in home opener

FILE -- The Sacramento State Hornets come onto the field before the game as the UC Davis Aggies host the Sacramento State Hornets in the Causeway Classic, Saturday Nov. 19, 2016. Sacramento State opened its home schedule with a rout of Incarnate Word of San Antonio.
FILE -- The Sacramento State Hornets come onto the field before the game as the UC Davis Aggies host the Sacramento State Hornets in the Causeway Classic, Saturday Nov. 19, 2016. Sacramento State opened its home schedule with a rout of Incarnate Word of San Antonio. Brian Baer/Special to The Bee

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.

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