Oct. 8, 2011
DAVIS, Calif. - Dirk Dallas caught two touchdown passes to go along with 96 receiving yards and Lyndon Rowells rushed for 133 yards to help Humboldt State shock the UC Davis football team with a 23-17 win Saturday in front of 9,770 fans at Aggie Stadium.
The Lumberjacks, who entered the game ranked No. 24 in Division II, stayed undefeated on the season with a 5-0 record. UC Davis dropped its first home game of the year and fell to 1-4 overall.
Humboldt State led by as many as 10 in the second half with a 20-10 advantage. The Aggies cut the deficit to 20-17 with a 50-yard touchdown reception by Tom Hemmingsen but the Lumberjacks went back up by six on the following possession. UC Davis had a couple shots at the end zone on the final drive but couldn't manage any late-game heroics.
"Disappointing loss, no question about it. I give full credit to Humboldt," said head coach Bob Biggs. "They made plays when they needed to. Offensively, we didn’t finish drives, they made more plays then we did. That’s the bottom line."
Despite struggling to convert in the red zone, the Aggies managed 365 yards of total offense for the game. Hemmingsen hauled in a career-high 10 catches for 141 yards to go along with two touchdowns. Randy Wright was 26 for 50 with for 287 yards, adding two touchdowns and an interception. Colton Silveria led the Aggies on the ground with 55 yards on 13 carries.
Mike Proulx led Humboldt State to 370 yards of total offense after completing 15 of 26 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns. In addition to Dallas, Victor Spencer had some big plays on offense, collecting three catches for 91 yards. Brian Blumberg was good on three field goal attempts, converting from 37 and 43 yards.
Humboldt State used a big play to reach the scoreboard first, as Proulx connected with Dallas for a 61-yard touchdown reception at the 8:37 mark in the first half.
The Aggies didn't take long to respond, answering on the following drive with a touchdown pass of their own. Wright found Hemmingsen in the far corner for a 14-yard score, capping off a 10-play 59-yard drive.
UC Davis took its first lead of the game on a Sean Kelley 20-yard field goal. The Aggies were up 10-7 after traveling 69 yards on 14 plays and keeping the possession for 5:45.
The Lumberjacks were able to even the score again, thanks to a 37-yard field goal by Blumberg with 9:21 on the clock. At the end of first half, Kelley's 49-yard field goal attempt just missed, hitting off the post to keep the score deadlocked at 10-10 during the intermission.
UC Davis had the ball to start second half and advanced into Humboldt State territory but fumbled to give the Lumberjacks possession. The Aggies overcame the turnover with a three-and-out on defense.
After trading possessions, Humboldt State traveled the length of the field to take back the lead. Blumberg's 19-yard field goal put the Lumberjacks on top 13-10 with 2:14 on the clock in the third quarter.
Humboldt State made it a 10-point advantage thanks to a 9-play, 54-yard touchdown drive. Dallas capped off the drive with his second touchdown reception of the game, this time for six yards.
UC Davis got back in the game in a hurry, using a 50-yard touchdown pass to Hemmingsen to make the score 20-17 with 5:41 remaining in the game.
The Lumberjacks managed the clock over the next five minutes, en route to a 43-yard field goal for Blumberg, his third of the game. UC Davis couldn't take advantage of a 37-yard kickoff return for Jonathan Perkins on the final drive of the game, as Humboldt State held on for the final 23-17 win.
Defensively, Jordan Glass posted a team-best nine tackles for UC Davis and assisted on a tackle for a one-yard loss. For Humboldt State, Chris Peterson had seven tackles, one 10-yard sack and 2.5 tackles for losses.
"They are a good team. They have a lot of seniors, a veteran team," continued Biggs. "They kept their composure. Yes they made some runs. We made some stops, but we didn’t do enough offensively. They seemed to bottle us up all night long. We've got to go back to the drawing board and figure out what we have to do. We have six tough games ahead of us."
UC Davis will stay at home next weekend for a Homecoming matchup with UTSA on Oct. 15 at 2 p.m.