There was zero hesitation when Sacramento State interim head coach Jody Sears was asked about what ignites his high-powered offense.
For the Hornets, who rank ninth in the FCS in both scoring at 41 points per game and passing yards per game (292), it all starts with quarterback Garrett Safron.
“Our fifth-year senior quarterback and a good offensive line,” said Sears, summing up the success. “I can’t say enough good things about Garrett.”
Safron is no stranger to Cal Poly. The Mustangs were able to bottle him up somewhat in a 42-7 victory where they intercepted him twice last season.
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But back in 2012, Safron had a career performance that helped give then-unbeaten Cal Poly its first loss of the season after a 7-0 start.
In the 2012 upset, Safron dissected the Mustangs defense, completing 31 of 38 passes for 250 yards and four touchdowns.
In his third year starting, the former walk-on from Santa Monica ranks first or second in nearly every Sacramento State career passing category. He ranks first with 72 touchdowns, 707 completions and 9,849 yards of total offense and needs just 234 yards today to move into first in the program record books in passing yards.
Safron can also change games with his feet. This season alone, he has touchdown runs of 70 and 73 yards and also has rushes of 53 and 51 yards.
“He’s playing the game like the game is playing slow for him,” Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh said. “Both with his reads in the run game and then throwing the football, he doesn’t make a lot of mistakes.”