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SACRAMENTO — No matter how hard they try, the Weber State Wildcats continue to pile up the losses.

The Wildcats (0-7, 0-4) were defeated by the Sacramento State Hornets (2-5, 1-3) on Saturday night, 31-12. The 0-7 record is the worst start for a Weber State football team in 30 years.

The game was most likely decided on the Wildcats' first two possessions. On both drives, the Wildcats had a first down with the ball inside the ten yard line and failed to score touchdowns. Weber State settled for a pair of Joe Johnson field goals instead. The Wildcats' inability to score appeared to inspire the Hornets.

Sacramento State responded by scoring 21 unanswered points.

Sacramento State running back Tyrone Gross scored on a short touchdown run and linebacker Jimmy Ellingson returned an interception for another touchdown. The Hornets scored a third touchdown on a halfback pass from Ryan Mole to Ryan Coogler.

Weber State quarterback Kyle Bauer threw three interceptions in the first half. Both teams added field goals for a 24-9 halftime score.

The Wildcats regrouped and played hard in the second half, but were only able to add another Johnson field goal, while the Hornets added another touchdown. Sacramento State was led by Gross, who rushed for 114 yards and two scores on 21 carries. Despite sore ribs, WSU running back Nick Chournos ran 24 times for 97 yards. Bauer's statistics reflected how things went for the Wildcats — 12-of-37 for 155 yards. He threw four interceptions and was sacked five times. Weber State also lost receiver Mike Mathis for the year with a broken arm.

The Wildcats return home next Saturday to host Eastern Washington for Homecoming. The game kicks off at 1 p.m.