Central Washington rolled over Humboldt State for the second time this season on Saturday night, winning 62-24 at the Redwood Bowl.
“We were outmatched,” HSU head coach Damaro Wheeler said. “They are a good program. Our kids kept fighting, as usual.”
Central Washington clinched at least a share of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title with the victory, and improved to 7-2 overall and 7-0 in conference play.
The Jacks dropped their third straight and sank to 1-7 overall and 1-5 in conference.
The game slipped away from the home team quickly as back-to-back possessions resulted in turnovers that Central Washington converted into touchdowns.
The Wildcats led 20-0 after a quarter of play and scored the first 34 points of the game.
After coming up empty in their first six drives, the HSU offense found success with a home run play from running back Tyree Marzetta.
The senior electrified the home crowd with a 64-yard touchdown run to put on the board with 5:15 left in the half.
Marzetta continued his string of impressive performances in the loss with 168 yards on 13 carries.
The Wildcats’ showed off their quick-strike offense with a pair of scoring drives that combined for less than three minutes to take a 48-7 lead.
HSU engineered a speedy drive of its own as Joey Sweeney hit Gary O’Leary for a four-yard touchdown strike as the half came to a close.
Central Washington kept most of its starters in the game for the third quarter but was limited to just seven points by the HSU defense. The Jacks trailed 55-14 after three quarters.
Jose Morales kicked a 47-yard field goal and Andrew Tingstad, who relieved Sweeney late in the ball game, tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Shane Torre to make the final score 62-24.
The visitors racked up 594 yards on offense, while their defense forced three turnovers. Central Washington was a perfect 7-for-7 in red-zone scoring opportunities.
HSU hosts Azusa Pacific next Saturday at the Redwood Bowl.
The game will be the Jacks’ home finale and the senior class will be recognized during pregame ceremonies.