October 23, 2007

Hornets and Aggies ready to battle again
in annual Causeway Classic

Sacramento State tackles its biggest rival, UC Davis, in the 54th annual Causeway Classic Nov. 3 Sacramento State tackles its biggest rival, UC Davis, in the 54th annual Causeway Classic Nov. 3

The 54th Annual Causeway Classic will take place at 2:05 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Hornet Stadium. The game pits the Hornets against longtime rival UC Davis for bragging rights of the greater Sacramento area.

The two teams first met in 1954 and have played every year since. Although this year’s meeting is the 54th regular-season match up, it will actually be the 55th all-time meeting. In 1988, the Hornets and Aggies were paired against one another in the NCAA Div. II playoffs. Sacramento State won that game, 35-14, at Toomey Field and defeated UC Davis for the second time that season.

Last season, the Aggies scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 30-16 victory, despite a career-high 173 receiving yards for Hornet senior Jason Barnes. The win gave UC Davis a 38-16 lead in the all-time series.

The Causeway Classic moniker is a fairly new addition to the game. Former Sacramento State sports information director Mike Duncan is credited with coming up with the name of the game, which refers to the Yolo Causeway, in 1983. A new trophy was created last season and is awarded to the game winner. The trophy is constructed from part of the actual Yolo Causeway and was donated by Cal Trans.

Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early for Saturday’s game. Individual tickets may be purchased at the University Box Office during the week. The ticket office at Hornet Stadium will open 11 a.m.

For more information, contact the Athletic Department at (916) 278-4313. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.