Sept. 21, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis had three interceptions and Tom Hemmingsen caught nine passes for 86 yards but Portland State used big plays on offense, including an 85-yard TD run by DJ Adams, en route to a 41-10 nonconference football win before 5,040 fans at Aggie Stadium on Saturday night.
The game was delayed 36 minutes early in the second quarter because of lightning in the area. The Aggies fell to 0-4 with the defeat while the Vikings upped their mark to 3-1. Adams rushed for 208 yards and two touchdowns, Portland State quarterback Kieran McDonagh ran for a pair of scores and receiver Kasey Closs had 111 receiving yards and two TDs.
Aarynn Jones, Jonathan Perkins and Charles Boyett each had interceptions for the Aggies - the team's first of the season - while defensive end Nick King had a game-high tying 11 tackles. Brady Stuart connected on a career-long 47-yard field goal.
UC Davis trailed just 14-7 at halftime after Gabe Manzanares got the Aggies on the scoreboard with a seven-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Portland State, however, scored 13 unanswered points in the third on a pair of two-yard touchdown runs by McDonagh, opening a 27-7 lead.
"We need to shore up our line on both sides," said head coach Ron Gould. "Our group tackling needs to be better. If we brought their guy down when we had our chance, they would not have made as many big plays."
The Vikings had 10 plays of at least 25 yards; six of them via the rush and four on kickoff returns. Five of those were at least 50 yards.
UC Davis had a chance to get on the scoreboard first, taking the opening kick and going 46 yards on 10 plays before a missed 36-yard field goal by Stuart ended the threat. The teams traded punts with the Vikings taking over at their own 7-yard line late in the first quarter. Adams ended the scoreless game three plays later when he rushed for an 85-yard touchdown.
A five-play, 43-yard drive, capped by Manzanares' second touchdown of the season tied the game with 14 minutes, 56 seconds to go in the second quarter. Portland State ran one play on its next series before a weather delay forced a mandatory minimum 30-yard play. The game resumed at 7:22 p.m.
The Aggie defense held the Vikings to just eight yards on their four drives after their first touchdown before Portland State finally broke through midway through the second quarter. Paris Pen had a 70-yard carry after Coby Wadman's punt pinned the Vikings at their own 3, and Adams followed with a 27-yard TD run on the next play which helped put them in front 14-7.
Stuart's long field goal late in the third quarter snapped 20 straight Portland State points. Kloss' 14-yard TD pass from McDonagh early in the fourth quarter followed by his 68-yard TD score four minutes later capped the scoring. Adams also had a 50-yard run in the game.
Quarterback Jimmy Laughrea completed 20 of 30 passes for 180 yards while Manzanares had 32 rushing yards. Jones picked up his interception in the first quarter, Perkins had his in the second and Boyett grabbed his in the third, returning it 27 yards. It was the third time since the beginning of last season that UC Davis has had three picks in a game.
""We need to do a better job of scoring touchdowns; we had a couple of opportunities and did not take advantage of them," said Gould. "We will review the film ourselves, review the film with the young men and we will get back to the drawing board. We had some missed opportunities, those are the things that are most glaring. If you have some open guys, and do not take advantage of those opportunities, that's the difference in the game."
Portland State rushed for 427 yards and finished with 601 yards of total offense; near its season average. The Aggies had 258 yards of offense. Jones and Boyett each had eight tackles while Jones also had two pass breakups.
The Aggies, who are 0-4 for the first time since 1965, will try and pick up their first win of the season when they host Idaho State next weekend at 6 p.m. It'll be the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams.