UC Davis's main rival across the causeway. Founded in 1947 as Sacramento State College, on the current site of Sacramento City College , and later moved to its current 300 acre campus (between Highway 50, Howe Avenue and the American River). It was officially given university status (and its current name) in 1972.
For the Fall 2005 semester, CSUS had 27,932 Students (82% Undergraduate), ranging from 13-84 years of age; with a median age of 23.
While commonly referred to as Sac State and Sacramento State University, California State University, Sacramento is its official name. The University president had been trying to officially change it, but dropped the issue due to campus resistance in March of 2005. However, he asked for the media to refer to it as Sacramento State. On Sept. 1, the university unveiled its first official logo, with the Sacramento State branding, further adding to the naming confusion.
The UC Davis - Sac State rivalry is played out annually through the Causeway Classic football game. The Cal Aggie Band-uh takes the rivalry quite seriously and is known to wear shirts that exemplify it. Saying "Sac State" around a Band-uh nerd is likely to trigger the exclamation "SUCKS!" The UC Davis Football team was undefeated against the Sac State Hornets from 1999 (the same year that Prince reached his partying climax) through 2007. The Aggies humiliated the Hornets 30-16 in 2006 and won 31-26 in 2007. The Hornets won the next two contests, winning 29-19 in 2008 in the inaugural Causeway Classic game at Aggie Staduim. The Aggies lost in 2009, in heartbreaking fashion at Hornet Staduim. The Aggies had a lead for nearly the whole game, then completely fell apart late. The final was 31-28 in favor of Sac State. In 2010, the Aggies beat Sac State 17-16 after a 47 minute lightning delay at halftime.