UC Davis wins fifth straight Causeway Cup

May 16, 2017

2016-17 Causeway Cup Standings

DAVIS, Calif. - By winning 12 straight head-to-head rivalry matchups against Sacramento State, UC Davis won the Causeway Cup, an all-sports competition between local rivals, for the fifth straight year. The Aggies collected their fifth Cup, in as many years, by a score of 62.5-12.5.

The 50-point margin of victory is the largest posted by either school throughout this competition’s 13-year history, breaking the previous record of 37.5 points set by UC Davis during the 2013-14 season.

Each of the schools' 17 common teams usually compete against each other at least once during the year. The winner is given the pre-determined amount of five points. If the two schools meet just once in a season, then all the points will go to the winning team. But if the teams play each other two or more times, the points are divided by how many meetings occur. For example, if the two softball teams play each other twice in the upcoming year, each meeting is worth 2.5 points.

Although the Aggies and Hornets have been rivals for years, it was not until the 2004-05 season that the Causeway Cup was born. Including its victory in the Cup's inaugural year, UC Davis has won this all-sport competition nine times.  

After splitting the first four head-to-head events this season, UC Davis quickly distanced itself from Sacramento State by collecting 47.5 straight points thanks to wins in 12 consecutive contests — UC Davis’ longest rivalry win streak in any of the Cup’s 13-year history. That run alone was enough to push the Aggies past the 40.5-point threshold needed to win this year’s cup outright.

Even after that historic win streak took place, the Aggies tacked on another five points to its collection by winning another two events late in the spring quarter to end the 2016-17 season with 62.5 of 80 available Causeway Cup points.