Sept. 28, 2002
MONMOUTH, Ore. - Tenth-ranked UC Davis scored 37 unanswered points in the first half against Western Oregon on Saturday - building a 44-7 halftime lead - as the Aggies rolled to a 64-20 thumping of the Wolves in a collegiate football game played at McArthur Field.
UC Davis, which held the Wolves to just 88 total yards in the first half including minus-10 yards rushing, won for the third straight time and improved to 3-1. Western Oregon gave up at least 55 points for the third straight game and dropped to 1-3. The Aggies' 64 points were the second-most in school history and just one point behind victories achieved by UC Davis in 1916 and 1985. It was also the Aggies' highest point total since a 63-20 win at Cal Poly in 2000.
Aggie quarterback Ryan Flanigan completed 12 of 19 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns - only playing the first half - while receiver Michael Oliva caught five passes for 81 yards and two scores in the game, tying John Shoemaker (1996-99) for the most career touchdowns receptions in school history with 33.
Additionally, cornerback Carnell Green and linebacker Justin Patterson each returned interceptions for touchdowns, while sophomore Kevin Freeman returned a kickoff 96 yards for a score, the second-longest in school history.
Defensively, the Aggies shutdown the Wolves' running attack, holding them to 37 yards on 31 carries. Western Oregon, which was led by 151 yards passing from backup quarterback Mike Baird, had 286 yards in total offense.
The teams were tied 7-7 late in the first quarter before a barrage of points by UC Davis turned a tight game into a rout. Flanigan hit Oliva on a six-yard scoring play with 3:16 left in the first quarter for a 14-7 Aggie lead, then Freeman scored on a 10-yard pass from Flanigan with 9:23 to go in the half for a 21-7 lead.
Green, however, brought the defense into the scoring fold, picking off quarterback Denny Bies' pass at the 46 and returning it all the way for the score and a 28-7 lead with 8:49 to go.
Freshman running back O.J. Swanigan's four-yard touchdown run and Dusty Apocotos' 44-yard field goal helped give the Aggies a 37-point scoring run that put them up 44-7 at break. UC Davis had 336 yards in total offense in the first half, 191 coming by the pass and 145 on the ground.
"I thought we had good balance between the run and the pass in the first half," UC Davis Coach Bob Biggs said. "Ryan (Flanigan) made some key plays when we needed them.
"In the second half we never got into a rhythm," he added. "We scored on a kickoff return and interception, so the offense never had a chance to really get into a rhythm."
Andrew Keippela hit field goals from 26 and 46 yards in the third quarter to make it 44-13, but it was Freeman's second touchdown - a 96-yard kickoff return - that continued to put the Aggies way out in front, 50-13.
Leading 50-20 late early in the fourth quarter, Patterson scored his second career touchdown by interception return, hauling in a tipped pass and racing 66 yards for the score. Running back Elihu Vann added the final score on a one-yard plunge with1:28 left in the game.
Receiver Mike Hinshaw scored the Wolves' other points on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Baird late in the third quarter.
The Aggies' defense picked off three passes and forced two fumbles, while limiting the Wolves to just 3.9 yards per play. Safety Dan Reece had eight tackles in the game, while cornerback Michael Penna and linebacker Kelly Valaau each had six tackles.
UC Davis returned two interceptions for touchdowns for the first time since doing it against Western Oregon in 1997.
UC Davis will play next Saturday against rival Sacramento State in the 49th annual Causeway Classic, presented by UC Davis Health System. Kickoff at Hughes Stadium will be 6 p.m.
|UC Davis (3-1)||
|Western Oregon (1-3)||
UCD - Kevin Freeman 10 pass from Ryan Flanigan (Dusty Apocotos kick),
UCD - Carnell Green 46 pass interception (Dusty Apocotos kick), 8:49
UCD - O.J. Swanigan 4 run (Dusty Apocotos kick), 7:14
UCD - Dusty Apocotos 44 FG, 3:02
UCD - Michael Oliva 41 pass from Ryan Flanigan (kick failed), 0:32
WOU - Andrew Keippela 26 FG, 9:39
WOU - Andrew Keippela 46 FG, 8:25
UCD - Kevin Freeman 96 kickoff return (kick failed), 8:07
WOU - Mike Hinshaw 60 pass from Mike Baird (Andrew Keippela kick), 2:54
|Time of possession||
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