Cal Poly

Matchup to watch: Kyle Lewis vs. Nate Ketteringham

When the college football season began two months ago, Cal Poly’s Kyle Lewis and Sacramento State’s Nate Ketteringham may have been viewed as two young players trying to establish themselves in veteran offenses.

For Lewis, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound sophomore running back and kick returner, that breakthrough came at Southern Utah last week and culminated in a 121-yard, four-touchdown performance. He became the first Mustang since quarterback Jonathan Dally to score four times on the ground in one game and now ranks second on the team with seven touchdowns this season despite playing as a reserve.

“He’s got so much potential,” head coach Tim Walsh said. “Now the final ingredient, he’s got to be able to block better, more consistently, and he’s got to possess the football better.”

Ketteringham, a 6-3, 200-pound true freshman from San Diego, is the third starting quarterback the Hornets have used this season. Making his second career start against Idaho State two weeks ago, Ketteringham completed 20 of 26 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns, helping Sacramento State snap a six-game losing streak.

“He was highly recruited, and then a lot of people, for whatever reason, backed off of him at the end and Sacramento State was able to get him,” Walsh said. “We know who he is. He’s really talented and I think having two games under his belt now, and a bye week, he’s going to be a lot more prepared when we walks on the field Saturday night.”

The former three-star recruit out of San Diego’s Centennial High helped breathe a shot of new life into a Hornets’ offense that ranks last in the Big Sky Conference in scoring (18.2 points per game) and total offense (341.2 yards per game).