Sept. 24, 2005
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -
Jon Grant threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday, Tony Kays caught 10 passes for 182 yards, and the UC Davis defense held Sacramento State to 196 yards of offense, as the Aggies beat the host Hornets 37-7 for their sixth straight win in the Causeway Classic.
UC Davis, which was coming off an upset win at Stanford last Saturday, evened its record at 2-2. Sacramento State remained winless, falling to 0-4.
Grant, who didn't throw an interception for the second consecutive week, recorded his fourth career 300-yard game. He completed 21 of 38 passes, tossing TD passes of 30 yards to Kays, 13 yards to tight end Aaron Hines and 28 yards to receiver Ryan Ramey. Grant had his hand in all five Aggie touchdowns, scoring on a 7-yard keeper and a 1-yard sneak in the second quarter.
Kays, meanwhile, continued his assault on the UC Davis record book, collecting his fourth consecutive game with at least 10 receptions and 100 yards. After just four games, the junior from Elk Grove has 47 catches for 597 yards, putting him to within eight receptions of the Aggies' regular-season record of 55 set by Charley Enos in both 2000 and 2001. Kays' receiving yards are more than halfway to the regular-season best of 1,044 by Enos in 2000.
And, for the fourth consecutive week, it was the defense which turned in another strong performance. A week after holding Stanford to just 192 yards, the Aggies limited Sacramento State to just 196, including only 99 on the ground. That total marked the fourth straight week that UC Davis has held its opponent to less than 100 rushing yards. The Hornets had just 94 yards of offense after halftime.
The Aggies didn't commit a turnover for the first time this season but capitalized on a key turnover by Sacramento State after the Hornets were on the verge of closing a 14-point deficit early in the third quarter. The Hornets had driven from their own 16-yard line, picking up a 47-yard run by Mole on third down and a 23-yard gain by quarterback Chris Hurd to help put themselves inside the Aggies' 10-yard line.
However, with second-and-goal at the 2, Mole was stopped by linebacker Joshua Edwards who jarred the ball loose; a fumble that was recovered by defensive end Mike Ng. Sacramento State held UC Davis on three downs but Ng forced a fumble by Nick Miller on the ensuing punt just past midfield and the Aggies recovered at the Hornets' 35.
UC Davis took advantage of the turnover and drove nine plays for a 13-yard touchdown pass from Grant to Hines that gave UC Davis a 28-7 lead. The lead stretched to 30-7 after Sacramento State was pushed back to its 6-yard line early in the fourth quarter which resulted in a safety after linebacker Ryan Payne tackled running back Kris Daniels in the endzone.
An 8-play, 88-yard drive by UC Davis after the following punt was capped by Grant finding Ramey for a 28-yard score and the Aggies took a 37-7 lead.
The Aggies led 7-0 just over three minutes into the game after scoring on their first possession. A 17-yard pass to Blaise Smith was followed by a 30-yard scoring strike to Kays. UC Davis went up 14-0 on the first play of the second quarter after driving to the Hornets' 7. Grant kept the ball for the score, leaping in from just outside the goal line for the touchdown.
After Hurd hit Philip Perry on a 3-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-7, Grant finished off a 6-play, 73-yard drive with a quarterback sneak from the 1 with 2 minutes, 47 seconds left before halftime.
The UC Davis defense provided the other half of the attack on Saturday, stopping the Hornets throughout the day. The Aggies picked up five sacks for 49 yards in losses and stopped Sacramento State 11 of 15 times on third down. Linebacker Ben Reece finished with a team-high six total tackles and was involved in a pair of sacks.
Defensive tackle John Faletoese had two sacks for the Aggies, collecting 19 yards in losses. Strong safety Luis Amaral had a sack for 12 yards and tackles Naveen Daftari and Ryan Sharp picked up half-sacks. Four different players broke up passes. The UC Davis defense has held its past two teams to less than 200 yards of offense each.
UC Davis, which has won two straight after losing its first two, is off until traveling for its Great West Football Conference opener at South Dakota State on Oct. 8.