Kniffin leads Sacramento State to 41-20 win over E. Oregon

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Daniel Kniffin threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns to lead Sacramento State to a 41-20 victory over NAIA's Eastern Oregon on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.

Kniffin threw touchdown passes to Jordan Robinson and Isiah Hennie in the first quarter to open the scoring and the Hornets went on to lead 31-0 at the break.

Kniffin plunged in from the 1 to open the scoring in the second half. Jace Billingsley hauled in the ensuing kickoff and returned it 100 yards for Eastern Oregon's first score.

Sacramento State's Shane Harrison caught eight passes for 125 yards.

Darnell Sankey, with 12 tackles, and Joey Banks, with 11, led the Hornets' defensive charge, holding Eastern Oregon to 244 total yards. Sacramento State had 296 yards passing and 203 on the ground.

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