Sept. 18, 2010
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Josh Reese rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns, Sean Kelley made his 12th straight field goal, and the UC Davis defense held the University of San Diego to just 31 rushing yards, as the Aggies picked up their first football win of the season with a 38-24 nonconference victory at Torero Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Aggies, who led 21-10 at halftime and as much as 38-17 in the second half, improved to 1-2 on the year while San Diego lost for the third straight time to fall to 0-3. Quarterback Mason Mills, making his first start, threw for 221 yards and a pair of scores to pace San Diego..
Tight end Dean Rogers caught two touchdowns passes, the first a 38-yarder from quarterback Randy Wright midway through the first quarter, and the second coming from running back Nick Aprile in the fourth. Stephen Dunstan hauled in a 22-yard TD grab from Wright just before halftime.
Kelley's field goal was good from 35 yards early in the fourth quarter, putting the Aggies up 31-17. He hasn't missed since having one blocked at Boise State last October.
UC Davis won despite turning the ball over four times with two fumbles and two interceptions, while also committing a season-high 10 penalties for 100 yards.
"It's good to get a win," said Bob Biggs who was in his 200th career game as the Aggies' head coach. "I'll be honest with you, the effort was there but it was a sloppy game. We had turnovers (and) we had way too many penalties.... The last time we were here (in 2008) we didn't play very well either.
"That all being said, it's like I told (the team), we're a much better football team in that we can play better but it's a good win. We needed to get a win and start to get some momentum going now as we prepare for Weber State."
UC Davis outgained San Diego, 390 yards to 296, including rushing for a season-high 186 yards. That snapped a string of five straight games without eclipsing 100 rushing yards. Reese was also the first Aggie to go over the century mark individually since he picked up 101 at Southern Utah last season.
The defense, meanwhile, put together a strong effort, holding San Diego to just 31 rushing yards on 32 attempts. They also picked up a pair of sacks, including one by Eric Sobotka against Mills that resulted in a fumble and gave the Aggies the ball inside the the Toreros' 10.
UC Davis also turned San Diego away without a score three of six times inside the red-zone.
The Aggies jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when Wright capped a 74-yard drive by hitting Rogers on his 38-yard score just over seven minutes into the game. The score stayed that way until Reese barrelled straight in from 12 yards early in the second quarter after Sobotka's sack gave UC Davis the ball deep inside Torero territory.
San Diego rallied, though, with 10 unanswered points, the first seven coming on a 44-yard halfback pass from Sam Hoekstra to Godfrey Smith, and the final three on a 25-yard field goal from Stan Shurson with 2 minutes, 3 seconds left in the half.
Wright directed UC Davis with its two-minute offense from there, capping a 60-yard drive by finding Stephen Dunstan for a 22-yard score, Dunstan's first career touchdown.
The Aggies took a 21-10 lead into the half, extending it on their second drive of the third quarter when Reese ran in from 17 yards, giving him his first career two-touchdown game. Mills brought San Diego back to within 28-17 on a five-yard pass to Jon Harris later in the quarter before Kelley's field goal made it a two-touchdown lead with 12:28 left in the fourth.
Using their version of the "Wildcat" offense, UC Davis tacked on its final score with 8:17 to go as Aprile rolled right to find Rogers. A short three-yard pass from Mills to Sam Ricucci capped the game's scoring at 38-24.
Linebacker Dozie Amajoyi had a team-high nine tackles - and a fumble recovery - for UC Davis while cornerback Dre Allen and safety Danny Hart each had eight. Linebacker Jordan Glass pitched in with seven stops. Defensive end Tommy Grillo joined Sobotka with a sack.
Aprile finished with 85 rushing yards on 10 carries. Sean Creadick led the Aggie receivers with five catches for 67 yards while Rogers had four for 71. Anthony Soto also had four grabs. Wright completed 14 of 23 passes for 202 yards and two scores.
UC Davis will stay on the road next Saturday for the second of three consecutive road games, traveling to face Weber State.
Aggies face Vikings in final league tune-up
Gameday Central - at Weber State
(4 p.m. PT/5 p.m. MT)
Stats FCS National Poll
includes UC Davis