SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sophomore quarterback Jason Smith threw a career-high four touchdown passes to lead Sacramento State 45-25 over Northern Colorado on Saturday.
Senior wide receiver Tony Washington caught four passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns and sophomore running back Bryan Hilliard ran for 171 yards and one TD for the Sacramento State Hornets (6-5, 3-4 Big Sky), who sealed a non-losing season for the first time since going 7-4 in 2000.
Junior quarterback Bryan Waggener threw for 317 yards and one touchdown, and ran for two more for the Northern Colorado Bears (1-9, 1-6 Big Sky), who have lost five straight conference games.
Smith threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Washington and a 53-yard strike to Torrell Baker in the first quarter to give the Hornets a 14-0 lead.
The Bears' defense had two fumble recoveries that resulted in a 4-yard touchdown run by Waggener in the first quarter, and a 20-yard field goal in the second quarter.
The Hornets scored the next 10 points, including an interception returned 27 yards to the end zone by senior defensive back Kevin Davis that gave Sacramento State a 24-13 halftime lead.
The Bears got within five points on a 1-yard touchdown run by Waggener late in the third quarter. But Smith threw his last touchdown passes to Washington and freshman receiver Chase Deadder, and Hilliard scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter to stretch the Hornets' margin.
Junior receiver Alex Thompson caught seven passes for 145 yards and one TD for Northern Colorado.
Washington has caught 12 touchdown passes thus far this season, the second most in Sacramento State's history.