Aug. 23, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - -
Sophomore quarterback London Lacy threw for two scores, Brady Stuart kicked three field goals and safety Nik Gutierrez had an interception and six tackles for the defense, highlighting action in the UC Davis' annual Blue-Gold football scrimmage on Thursday night at Aggie Stadium.
The scrimmage, played before 615 fans at the athletic program's "Meet the Aggies" night, signaled the end of preseason drills for UC Davis which will now turn its attention to next Thursday's season opener against visiting Azusa Pacific.
Courtney Williams had 51 yards on the ground, leading a rushing attack that netted 211 yards and averaged 5.4 yards per carry. Marquis Nicholis added 47 yards on seven carries while three other backs had at least 30 yards.
Lacy completed 11 of 21 passes for 138 yards while finding tight end Wesley O'Brien for a 2-yard TD pass in the second quarter and Anthony Soto in the back corner of the endzone for a 9-yard strike in the third. Stuart connected from 41, 32 and 38 yards.
The blue team was the Aggie defense during the scrimmage while the gold team was the offense. Eight-minute quarters were utilized in the matchup.
"You need that last opportunity to get game speed and work out some kinks," said head coach Bob Biggs, who is retiring at the end of the 2012 season. "We'll watch the film tomorrow, put it to rest and all of our attention will be on Azusa from here on out."
The Aggies first three drives on Thursday night, which alternated between junior Randy Wright and Lacy, resulted in punts and a total of 11 yards on 18 plays. Gutierrez, whose six tackles matched safeties Keleen Culberson and Kevyn Lewis's for most in the game, then picked off Lacy early in the second quarter to stop another drive at the blue 39..
Wright moved the gold team from its own 32 to the blue's 24 on the ensuing drive, picking up a 21-yard rush from returner Colton Silveria
to help highlight the move. Stuart later hit from 41 yards.
A 65-yard kickoff return from Alex Hines up the left sideline set up 28-yard pass from Lacy to freshman Ramon Vargas to the 2 before O'Brien caught a short pass for the touchdown.
Stuart capped a 14-play, 61-yard drive before halftime with his second field goal, this one from 32 yards on the final play. Dalton Turay had a 37-yard reception from Lacy to help set up the score.
The blue allowed just 20 yards on 13 plays over the first three drives of the third quarter, including linebacker Kirk Skierski's 11-yard sack of Lacy on the second one. Soto's touchdown and Stuart's 38-yard field goal marked the fourth-quarter scoring.
The blue team picked up four sacks in the scrimmage, including ones from defensive end Nick King, defensive tackle Jake Waas, and half-sacks by end Bobby Erskine and tackle Khalid ones.
The defensive also had other big plays against the pass, breaking up four throws. Two of them were by cornerback Shamawn Wright and one each came from linebacker Jordan Glass and defensive back Patrick Wells. Linebacker Jonathan Bias added four tackles, including a TFL.
"I thought our starting defense looked good," said Biggs. "They really can run. From what I could see, I'm pleased. They've had a good camp. We're pretty athletic over there."
Wright completed 7 of 12 passes for 49 yards, Corey Galindo had four catches for 67 yards - including a 28-yarder - and Vargas had three grabs for 48 yards.
The "Meet the Aggies" night allowed fans to greet student-athletes from several teams and interact with players and coaches on the field after the scrimmage.
Kickoff for Thursday's game begins at 6 p.m.