Second-Half Surge Pushes Wildcats Past Aggies, 20-9

Sept. 25, 2010

Final Stats

OGDEN, Utah - Quarterback Cameron Higgins threw for 207 yards in the second half - including a 60-yard touchdown pass to Joe Collins in the fourth quarter - as host Weber State beat UC Davis 20-9 in a nonconference football game played before 10,221 fans on Saturday night at Stewart Stadium.

UC Davis, which got three field goals from junior Sean Kelley including a pair from 42 yards, fell to 1-3 while the Wildcats improved to 2-2. Receiver Sean Creadick caught nine passes for 100 yards for the Aggies, Josh Reese rushed for 75 yards and linebacker Marshall Congdon finished with a game-high 14 tackles including two tackles-for-losses.

Behind a pair of field goals from Kelley, UC Davis led 6-3 at halftime while also holding Weber State to just 87 yards of total offense. However, the Wildcats erupted for 319 yards after intermission, taking a 10-6 lead on backup quarterback Mike Hoke's short 2-yard run with 6 minutes, 53 seconds left in the quarter.

Kelley's second long field goal made it a 10-9 game early in the fourth quarter but Weber State scored 10 points over the final 10 minutes on a short field goal by Shaun McClain and Higgin's long TD pass, pulliing away for the win.

UC Davis' defense - which had injuries in the secondary entering the game and picked up another early on - held Weber State in check for the first 30 minutes. The Wildcats got a 22-yard field goal from McClain midway through the first quarter for a 3-0 lead but that 41-yard drive was their longest of the half. Their next four drives ended with punts.

Congdon had seven stops in the first half as the Aggies allowed just 46 yards on the ground. The Wildcats were equally stifled through the air with prolific quarterback Cameron Higgins limited to just six completion and 41 yards. The UC Davis offense, meanwhile, racked up 186 yards of offense including 89 on the ground but were turned away three times before Kelley's field goal.



"(Weber State) really didn't get much going until the second half, " said Aggie coach Bob Biggs. "We just didn't capitalize on the opportunities we had. We got down in their territory (and) we had to settle for field goals and missed a real opportunity when we got down inside their 10-yard line (in the second quarter)."

"I was very, very pleased with how our defense played, our special teams were good, we just weren't good enough offensively," he said.

UC Davis got into the Wildcats' red-zone just once in the game, driving from its own 25 late in the second quarter all the way to the Weber State 10 after a 37-yard completion from Randy Wright to Creadick. A penalty pushed the Aggies back five yards and they weren't able to get closer than the 7 before Kelley converted his field goal which hit the upright but deflected in.

Weber State came alive on its first drive in the third quarter, moving 70 yards to the UC Davis 10 before linebacker Dozie Amajoyi picked off Higgins on the goal line, thwarting the threat. An 11-play, 92-yard drive on the Wildcats' next possession was capped by Hoke's short score, putting Weber State back in front 10-6.

UC Davis got its final score early in the fourth quarter, driving 49 yards on 10 plays to the Wildcats' 24 before Kelley was good again from 42 yards, extending his consecutive-made streak to 15. Weber State answered with McClain's short field goal on its next drive to make it 13-9 before Higgins found a streaking Collins for a 60-yard score with 6:25 remaining to extend the lead to 11 points. The Aggies were held scoreless the remainder of the game.

Reese averaged 4.7 yards while gaining his 75 yards as UC Davis finished with 106 yards on the ground. Wright completed 19 of 39 passes, nine of them to Creadick who had had his first 100-yard game. Tight end Dean Rogers had four grabs for 40 yards.

Amajoyi had nine total tackles while linebacker Jordan Glass added seven. Higgins completed 19 of 33 passes for 248 yards spreading his throws to eight different receivers. Bo Bolen gained 88 rushing yards on 17 carries.

After committing eight turnovers over its past two games, the Aggies did not have any against Weber State.