Come back any time, Bengals.
That could have been the mandate and invite for Idaho State as giddily issued by Sacramento State’s football team.
The Hornets put on an offensive clinic against their visitors from Pocatello on Saturday night, steaming to a 41-21 victory in Big Sky Conference play.
Sac State has won five consecutive games against Idaho State at Hornet Stadium and moved to 4-0 all time against the Bengals on homecoming night. The Hornets are 9-1 all time against the Bengals at home.
With five returning offensive lineman starters serving as the anchors, Sac State rolled up 572 yards on offense, including 155 on the ground by BJ Perkinson.
Say hello to BJ. He is a redshirt freshman from Hawthorne, a blur at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds. He came into the program as a receiver but suddenly looks pretty good at tailback.
He scored on 5-yard run for a 24-7 lead early in the third quarter as the Hornets rushed for 318 yards.
Sac State dominated the trenches on both sides with the defense recording six sacks, two each by Dariyn Choates and George Obinna.
But it starts with the offensive linemen, and the Hornets have experience and bulk in tackles Jonathan Bade and Taylor Tappin, guards Lake Aiona and Wyatt Ming and tight end Stone Sander.
“They’re beasts,” Perkinson said. “Without them, we do nothing.”
Kevin Thomson passed for 254 yards, hitting Jaelin Ratliff and Isiah Hennie for touchdowns of 32 and 12 yards, respectively. Thomson has good wheels, too. He rushed for 85 yards, and opened the scoring with an 8-yard burst.
Thomson has 19 touchdowns this season, which already puts him in the Hornets’ all-time top 10 single-season list.
Sac State, 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the Big Sky, is now a win away from equaling the victory total of the past two seasons combined for coach Jody Sears, in the final year of a four-year contract.
“It all comes down to pad level,” Sears said after the game. “We hammered them. We feel if we win the pad level, we’ll be pretty good.”
Sears led the high-fives and hugs after the game with assistant coaches and players.