Sometimes thereâ€™s a silver lining a schoolâ€™s own official website doesnâ€™t even examine. That lining is that Sacramento State was 4-7 in 2006, and just hung in with Fresno State, an FBS team, in a 24-3 loss. Sure, the Hornets didnâ€™t score a touchdown, and sure, they were never â€œinâ€ the game. This wasnâ€™t like Appalachian State upsetting Michigan by any means, but you have to look at the silver lining, and that is the Hornets were beaten by FCS teams in 2006 by much more than an FBS team beat them this year. Coach Sperbeck has definitely made strides with a small roster and a redshirt freshman QB.
Speaking of Smith, he completed 13 of his 23 passes for 60 yards and did not throw an interception in his first collegiate start. Travon Jones rushed for 49 yards, and Ryan Coogler caught six balls. That information is silver lining. Cyrus Mulitaloâ€™s 16 tackles and a fumble recovery is silver lining. Shelton and Webber logging double-digit tackles is silver lining.
The Sac State official siteâ€™s article begins with this sentence: â€œThe Sacramento State football team opened its 2007 season with a 24-3 loss at Fresno State, Saturday night at Bulldog Stadium.â€ The article is filled with stats and positives for Fresno State. This article is also filled with negatives towards the Hornets like, “With the exception of turnovers and penalties, Fresno State dominated the statistics. ” And there are only two paragraphs detailing the Hornets’ upside. The author leaves the positive remarks for the Notes section, which said: “NOTES: The 21-point margin of defeat is the smallest against a Football Bowl Subdivsion opponent since 1992.”
This article may be filled with negatives, but donâ€™t let this article fool you, this was a positive game for Sacramento State Football as a program. This is a good sign for the future of the program. Coach Sperbeck is getting this team on the right path.