Aggies Get Ready For Opener After Blue-Gold Scrimmage

Aug. 28, 2004

DAVIS, Calif. - Quarterback Jon Grant completed 13 of 18 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown on Friday night while wide receiver Tony Kays caught seven balls for 111 yards and a score, highlighting action at UC Davis' Blue-Gold scrimmage at Toomey Field.

The intrasquad contest featured the Aggies' offense vs. the defense with drives started at various spots on the field.

Grant was one of five quarterbacks to see action in the scrimmage, a group that also included Bryan Lee-Lauduski (8-17-0, 87 yds), Richard Schwartz (5-12-0, 39 yds), Matt Engle (5-10-0, 49 yds) and Tim Plough (7-8-0, 99 yds). All but Lee-Luaduski had touchdown passes.

Running back Nelson Doris gained 53 yards on six carries, including a long run of 29 yards, while John Flaaten and O.J. Swanigan had 34 and 32 yards, respectively.

Linebacker Tom Parisi led the defense with seven tackles, also picking up one of eight sacks recorded. Defensive end Thomas Blake had a pair of sacks for 20 yards in losses. Linebacker Chris Buck had five total tackles while senior strong safey Brandon Quinn and tackle Michael Ng each had four. Cornerback Angelo Caffese broke up a pair of passes.

Grant's 41-yard strike to Kays highlighted the offense's opening drive which resulted in a 1-yard touchdown run by Swanigan. Tight end Matt Gravette caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Schwartz, Grant found Kays for a 30-yard scoring play, Engle hit tight end Aaron Hines in the back of the end zone for a 6-yard score and Kale Turner hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Plough on the scrimmage's final play to round out the scoring.

Freshman Emmanuel Benjamin highlighted his night with a 41-yard field goal.

"The great thing is nobody got hurt," said Aggie coach Bob Biggs. "It's one of the necessary evils (to play this game). We've been going up against each other for three weeks."

Biggs saw good things on both sides of the ball, including his defense which held the offense to just 71 net yards rushing.



UC Davis will now continue preparations for South Dakota State, which visits in the season opener and Great West Football Conference opener for both teams on September 4. Kickoff is 6 p.m. at Toomey Field.

The Aggies concluded the 2003 campaign with a 6-4 record and their 34th straight winning season.