SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Trevor Douglass returned a Sacramento State fumble 58 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 4:12 left in the game, earning Northern Colorado a 27-20 Big Sky Conference victory Saturday night.
The Hornets (1-4, 0-2) scored 10 points on back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter to even the score at 20-20.
The teams were tied at the half, 10-10, but the Bears (3-2, 1-2) built a 10-point lead on a 38-yard field goal by Jamie Falloon and a 26-yard fumble return for a touchdown by A.J. Battle.
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Northern Colorado's offense managed just 48 yards on the ground and 131 through the air. The defense accounted for two Bears touchdowns and Hakeem Deggs scored on a 100-yard return of the opening kick-off.
Sacramento State's Kolney Cassel was 28 of 44 for 294 yards and two touchdowns for the Hornets, while Jordan Robinson had 28 carries for 149 yards.