OGDEN, Utah — They worked on the play several times in practice last week and it paid off Saturday.
Cal State Northridge pulled off a pooch kickoff late in the third quarter, after Marcus Brady combined with Anthony Ramos on a 23-yard pass play for the final score in the Matadors' 26-10 Big Sky Conference victory at Weber State.
Manny Marquez kicked to the right sideline, where Gil Rodriguez snagged the free ball out of the air at the Weber State 37.
"Our tendency is to kick it deep left," said Rodriguez, a junior wide receiver. "We thought we'd surprise them."
The Matadors couldn't capitalize on their Halloween day trickery. They turned over the ball on a fumble five plays later.
Because of Northridge's depth at wide receiver, senior Drew Hill was having a quiet season, entering Saturday's game with 20 receptions, third on the team.