SACRAMENTO, Calif.-The last time the University of North Dakota football team visited Hornet Stadium, Evan Holm intercepted Sacramento State quarterback Nate Ketteringham, and Austin Gordon ran for 100 yards.
Yes, a lot has changed in just two years.
Holm is still a defensive catalyst for the Fighting Hawks but Ketteringham, a transfer, now leads UND's offense and Gordon will be relied on to solidify the Hawks' banged up outside linebacker group.
UND (4-2) will try to maintain momentum following two blowout victories when it kicks off at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, against a reeling Sacramento State (2-4, 0-3 Big Sky Conference).
Despite wins over then-No. 5 Sam Houston State and then-No. 22 Montana, UND remains one spot outside the Top 25 in the STATS FCS media poll.
"I don't really care, honestly," Holm said. "We're going to do our thing and if we're ranked, we're ranked. It kind of only matters what our opinions are."
Although it's unclear who will start at quarterback for Sacramento State, UND shouldn't be the team to take the Hornets likely in that regard.
Starter Kevin Thomson, who was banged up last week against Southern Utah, didn't play against UND when the Hornets visited Grand Forks last year.
Roman Ale received his first Division I start in that game and led the Hornets to their first road victory in two seasons.
This time around, if Thomson isn't able to go, Sac State is expected to turn to Wyatt Clapper, who threw for more than 250 yards in a loss last weekend against the Thunderbirds.
Whoever starts at quarterback will have talented skill players around him. The Hornets rank second in the FCS with 17.88 yards per reception.
The team has nine players who have a catch of at least 25 yards, including four with grabs of more than 50 yards.
The receiving corps is led by Jaelin Ratliff, who is second in the Big Sky and 11th in the FCS with an average of 20.86 yards per catch. He has six catches of at least 27 yards this season.
Sophomore running back Elijah Dotson is also a proven threat.
"We better stop the run and not allow huge chunks of yardage in the run game," UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. "If you don't do that, it's hard to defend people. We have to tackle well in space and be disciplined in our scheme.
"We have to get in favorable downs to be successful. We can't let them be in third and short and second and medium."
UND arrives in Sacramento with a handful of injury hurdles. Linebacker Tanner Palmborg, a senior captain who is tied for the team lead in tackles, is out long term with a knee injury.
A handful of other offensive players will be game-time decisions.
Still, UND has to hope its run offense is a favorable matchup against the Hornet run defense.
The Hawks rank No. 13 in the country in team rushing, while Sac State ranks No. 108 in run defense.
"This is a good football team that had a lot of expectations coming into the season," Schweigert said. "They're going to be excited to play us on homecoming. We have to really stay focused on how we prepare and perform."