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OGDEN, Utah - Max O’Rourke (economics major) opened Saturday’s Big Sky Conference opener at Stewart Stadium with a 23-yard field goal, UC Davis finished with 360 receiving yards and converted on seven third-down opportunities compared to its opponent's zero. But big plays turned by Weber State helped the host Wildcats defeat the Aggies, 41-3, in Ogden, Utah.
UC Davis will enter next weekend’s Big Sky home opener vs. North Dakota with a 2-2 overall and 0-1 Big Sky record. Weber State, ranked No. 18 and 23 in the FCS Coaches and STATS media poll, will continue its season with records of 3-1 and 1-0.
Led by Keelan Doss (organizational studies) and his team-high 116 yards, UC Davis recorded a collective 360 yards, with Jake Maier (economics) throwing to 11 different Aggies throughout the game.
Doss’ 100-yard-game is the third of the season; he posted a career-high 181 yards at San Diego State (9/2) and a 100-yard effort the following week vs. San Diego (9/9). The junior wide receiver now has six games throughout his career where he finished with 100 or more receiving yards.
Led by his game-high 60 yard reception Khris Vaughn (undeclared) set a new single-game career high by finishing with 81 receiving yards.
On the other side of the ball, Brandon Weaver (mechanical engineering) tied one career high, by recording six tackles, and set another with his three tackles for loss. The senior defensive lineman's original career high for tackles took place against Weber State when it visited Aggie Stadium last season.
In addition to Weaver, Ryan Bua (hydrology) ended his evening with six tackles. Both he and Weaver finished behind Keleen Culberson, who led all Aggies with nine tackles.
Even though UC Davis enjoyed a strong start with its game-opening drive, which covered 68 yards on eight plays and ended with O'Rourke's field goal, it was big plays from Weber State that helped it pull away from the Aggies.
The Wildcats grabbed the lead from UC Davis on a 67-yard touchdown pass from Stefan Cantwell to Rashid Shaheed, pushed their lead to a 17-3 margin when running back Treshawn Garrett covered 98 yards on his only touchdown run of the evening, then tacked on another six points when Xequille Harry scored on an 84-yard punt return.
"I've said all along that we have to handle things well when we're winning, and we have to handle things well when we lose like this. We've seen both sides of things now," said head coach Dan Hawkins. "We told the guys in the locker room that it's never going to be easy, but we have to watch the film, learn from our mistakes and get ready for next week.
"You can't let one team beat you twice," Hawkins added.
UC Davis will play its next two games at Aggie Stadium, starting with its 6 p.m. matchup vs. North Dakota on Sept. 30.
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