Sacramento St. tops former coach Taylor, Stanford
Sep 17, 2023, 01:15 AM ET
STANFORD, Calif.– Kaiden Bennett directly avoided a sack to throw a 49-yard goal pass with 1:32 to play and Sacramento State beat former coach Troy Taylor’s Stanford group 30-23 on Saturday night for the Hornets’ 3rd win ever versus a Pac-12 school.
“It’s amazing that we got this opportunity,” said first-year Hornets coach Andy Thompson, who was promoted from defensive organizer after Taylor left to take the job at Stanford. “We got to come over here, I think we gathered a little bit of cash too and got a win. … They need to be extremely proud of how they bet a truly good challenger.”
It took a huge play late to get the win.Bennett flung a short pass to Marcus Fulcher right before his knee touched the ground and Fulcher did the rest from there to score for the Hornets(3-0)and spoil his previous coach’s home debut at Stanford.”He was doing what he was supposed to do on his part and he was where he required to be on that play,”Bennett said.”I searched for and saw him. Excellent task by him. … I understood as soon as he broke that very first tackle he was off. He has that juice.”Editor’s Picks 2 Related Taylor took over the Cardinal(1-2)after going 30-8 in four seasons
and leading the Hornets to their very first berth in the FCS quarterfinals in school history last season.Many of his previous players are still at Sacramento State, consisting of Bennett, who threw for 279
backyard, ran for 100 and had a TD pass and run.”I have a great deal of love and respect for Coach T, “Bennett said.”For what he’s had the ability to do for
my profession and things. Simply for me as a person, I give him a great deal of love and respect for that. “Sacramento State won its school-record 22nd straight routine season game at Taylor’s expenditure, sending out Stanford to its 2nd loss ever to an FCS-level school. The Cardinal lost to UC Davis in 2005.” It’s really familiar faces and good coaches and really great players,”Taylor stated of his former group.”As soon as the game begins, you’re simply truly completing. “The Cardinal took a 23-20 lead early in the 4th quarter when Joshua Karty kicked
his third basket of the game on a rating set up by Collin Wright’s interception.The Hornets addressed with a 44-yarder from Zach Schreiner to connect the game with 4:13 to play. They then required a punt to establish the winning score.Stanford scored TDs on its first two ownerships to take a 14-3 lead and appeared in position to take control after recuperating a surprise onside kick.
The Cardinal drove into the red zone before Daniels threw a deflected pass that Caleb Nelson obstructed in the end zone.The Hornets then created back-to-back long touchdown drives and took a 17-14 lead following Bennett’s 1-yard keeper with 35 seconds left in the half.”We certainly have a lots of enhancement to make and we
have a long year to do it,” Taylor said.” It’s back to work and continue to chip away and continue to build. “