Big plays spark UC Davis past Fort Lewis, 52-17

Shamawn Wright returned three kickoffs for a collective 143 yards, an effort that included an 89-yard return for a touchdown.
Sept. 6, 2014

Final Stats

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis scored three touchdowns covering at least 68 yards while Corey Galindo had a career-high 134 receiving yards and three touchdowns as the Aggies downed Fort Lewis (Colorado), 52-17, in a nonconference football game at Aggie Stadium on Saturday evening.

UC Davis amassed 459 yards of total offense while balancing its early season record at 1-1. The Skyhawks lost their season opener. The Aggies scored 35 unanswered points covering parts of each half, turning a 10-3 lead into a 45-3 rout early in the fourth quarter.

Big plays helped highlight the win. Senior Colton Silveria raced 72 yards for a touchdown early in the second half, freshman Jermale Jefferson took an end-around 68 yards for a score three minutes later, and Shamawn Wright - who also had an interception - returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 89 yards for a TD.

Jefferson scored twice on end-arounds, totaling 122 yards on just five carries.

Quarterback London Lacy, making his second career start, finished with 171 yards passing while finding Galindo for a 62-yard pass completion in the first quarter. Linebackers Ryan Bua and Russell Reeder also had interceptions for the UC Davis defense which surrendered just 110 yards on the ground and only 216 through the air.

UC Davis got off to a slow start against the Div. II Skyhawks, who are from Durango in the Rocky Mountain state. Brady Stuart connected on a short 21-yard field goal with 29 seconds left in the first quarter to give the Aggies a 3-0 lead which was extended to 10-0 when Galindo hauled in his first touchdown pass, a 20-yarder from Lacy that he brought in impressively with one hand.

Leading 10-3 in the second quarter following a 37-yard field goal from the Skyhawks' Kipp Castanha, UC Davis scored five consecutive touchdowns to blow open the game. Jefferson broke through the right side and went 43 yards for a score with 5 minutes, 48 seconds to go and Galindo brought down a 12-yard pass from Lacy that helped give the Aggies a 24-3 halftime lead.

 

 

Silveria then provided the first of the big-play touchdowns when he busted through the left side of the line and away from the defense and went 72 yards for the score. It was the seventh-longest rushing touchdown in school history.

Not to be outdone, Jefferson added another huge play when he went around the left side and sped past Fort Lewis for a 68-yard score to push the lead to 38-3. Galindo's final TD - this time from 20 yards on a pass from backup quarterback Ben Scott - came midway through the fourth.

Fort Lewis scored twice in the final period. Jordan Doyle ran in from 26 yards before hitting Andrew Johnson in the last seconds for a 14-yard pass play. In between, however, Wright used his speed to race up the right sideline for an 89-yard kickoff touchdown return. It was the fifth-longest kick return for a score in program history.

"I was very, very pleased with the way the guys came out and competed tonight," said head coach Ron Gould. "It was good to see some young players step up and make some plays. I love the way that London commanded the offense tonight."

Lacy was efficient with his passing for the second consecutive week, completing 10 of 13 passes for 172 yards. UC Davis rushed for 228 yards, averaging 7.4 yards a carry, with Silveria picking 94 of those yards. Freshman Keelan Doss had three catches for 51 yards.

Only two of UC Davis' four offensive touchdowns went more than three plays and the longest took just 3:22 off the clock.

The defense was also impressive on Saturday night, picking off Doyle three times. They also sacked him four times with Brandon Weaver getting two of them and Reeder and Marques Barron getting one each. The Aggies had nine TFLs and broke up four passes.

Wright had 143 return yards. His TD was the first kickoff return for a score since Jonathan Perkins went 81 yards against Sacramento State in 2012. Galindo is the first receiver to catch three touchdowns since Sean Creadick had four against North Dakota in 2014.

Doyle went 27 of 45 for 216 yards while Johnson had 97 receiving yards on nine carries for Fort Lewis. PJ Hall led the team in rushing with 48 yards. Jake Faust had eight tackles.

UC Davis, which played Stanford last week, returns to the FBS level next week when the Aggies travel to face Colorado State (1-1) of the Mountain West Conference on Saturday. The Rams lost 37-24 at Boise State on Saturday.