Sacramento State at Colorado

Sacramento St. 30, Colorado 28

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Walk-on Edgar Castaneda's 30-yard field goal as time expired gave Sacramento State a stunning 30-28 win over Colorado on Saturday - and earned him a scholarship in the process.

Castaneda joined the Hornets after helping City College of San Francisco win the junior college national championship last season, but he was paying his own way until Saturday, when his first game-winner at any level earned him not only a hug from coach Marshall Sperbeck, but also an education.

Sperbeck made the announcement during his postgame speech in the Hornets' locker room.

The Hornets (1-1) also left Boulder with a $460,000 paycheck following a stunning victory at a Pac-12 stadium for the second straight season. They upset Oregon State 29-28 in overtime in last year's opener.

The Buffaloes (0-2) fell to 1-2 against FCS-level opponents. They also lost to Montana State at home in 2006 and edged Eastern Washington by a touchdown two years later.

Trailing 28-27, the Hornets got the ball at their own 15 with 2:26 left and marched downfield for the game-winner by Castaneda, after which wide receiver Austin Dotson did a series of backflips as his teammates swarmed the field.

Sophomore Garrett Safron threw for a career-best 312 yards on 25-of-37 passing for the Hornets. On the game-winning drive, he completed four passes totaling 53 yards and his receivers drew pass interference penalties on his two other throws, accounting for another 15 yards, as the Hornets reached the Colorado 17.

From there, the Hornets ran three times before calling timeout with 1 second left for Castaneda, who also was good from 28 and 31 yards.

Morris Norrise caught seven passes for 104 yards for Sacramento State and Chris Broadnax had five catches for 92 yards and a touchdown.

Colorado freshman fullback Christian Powell ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns. After getting just one carry in a loss to Colorado State last week, Powell burst up the middle on his second carry Saturday for a 64-yard touchdown, then added a pair of 1-yard scores.

Down 14-0, the Hornets got a pair of TD throws from Safron and a 2-yard TD run by A.J. Ellis to take a 21-14 lead. The Buffs tied it on Jordan Webb's 9-yard TD toss to Kyle Slavin.

Powell's third TD put the Buffs ahead 28-24 in the third quarter after Castaneda's 28-yard field goal gave Sacramento State a 24-21 halftime lead.

Castaneda's 31-yarder pulled the Hornets to 28-27 with 12 minutes left. The teams exchanged punts on the next five possessions before the Hornets got one last chance and went 77 yards in nine plays.

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Scoring Summary
COLOChristian Powell 64 yd run (Will Oliver kick)
COLOChristian Powell 1 yd run (Will Oliver kick)
SACSTDeAndre Carter 11 yd pass from Garrett Safron (Edgar Castaneda kick)
SACSTA.J. Ellis 2 yd run (Edgar Castaneda kick)
SACSTChris Broadnax 35 yd pass from Garrett Safron (Edgar Castaneda kick)
COLOKyle Slavin 9 yd pass from Jordan Webb (Will Oliver kick)
SACSTEdgar Castaneda 28 yd FG
COLOChristian Powell 1 yd run (Will Oliver kick)
SACSTEdgar Castaneda 31 yd FG
SACSTEdgar Castaneda 30 yd FG
 
Team Stats
 SACSTCOLO
First Downs2820
Third Down Efficiency5-136-13
Fourth Down Efficiency0-01-1
Plays-Net Yards72-46663-341
Rushes-Yds35-15438-153
Passing Yds312188
Kick Return Yds6895
Punt Return Yds016
Passes25-37-013-25-0
Punts5-1756-263
Fumbles-Lost1-01-0
Penalties-Yds7-495-50
Time of Poss.31:5028:10
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
SACST: A.J. Ellis 11-77, Ezekiel Graham 14-58, Garrett Safron 8-18, Sam McCowan 2-1
COLO: Christian Powell 28-147, Gerald Thomas 1-18, Josh Ford 1-7, Tony Jones 2-2, Donta Abron 1-1, Team 1--1, Jordan Webb 4--21
PASSING
SACST: Garrett Safron 25-37-312-0
COLO: Jordan Webb 12-24-160-0, Connor Wood 1-1-28-0
RECEIVING
SACST: Morris Norrise 7-104, DeAndre Carter 6-79, Chris Broadnax 5-92, Blake Robertson 3-19, Ezekiel Graham 3-9, Justin Cox 1-9
COLO: Gerald Thomas 2-45, Nelson Spruce 2-28, Alex Wood 2-26, Tony Jones 2-3, Nick Kasa 1-40, Vincent Hobbs 1-14, Christian Powell 1-13, Donta Abron 1-10, Kyle Slavin 1-9
 

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