Oct. 13, 2012
POCATELLO, Idaho - Randy Wright threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns while running back Courtney Williams rushed for three scores as UC Davis gained 640 yards of total offense to beat host Idaho State 52-45 in a Big Sky Conference football game at Holt Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The victory evened up the Aggies' league mark at 2-2 while pushing their overall mark to 3-4. Idaho State, which was led by 374 passing yards and five touchdowns from quarterback Kevin Yost, fell to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the Big Sky.
Williams had two short touchdown runs but also electrified the Aggie faithful that made the trip with a 55-yard TD run around the lett edge midway through the first quarter that put UC Davis on top, 7-0.
UC Davis trailed twice in the game, both times in the first quarter, but was never behind again after taking a 24-17 lead late in the first half when Wright connected with Anthony Soto for a 42-yard touchdown pass. UC Davis took the lead for good, 38-31, when Williams scored from three yards midway through the third quarter.
The Aggies twice led by 14 points the rest of the way, the last time coming 52-38 when Williams scored his third touchdown with 6 minutes, 5 seconds remaiming. Cam Richmond's 17-yard TD reception with 3:47 to go made it a one-touchdown game but UC Davis was able to hold on to the ball the rest of the way, picking up their first road win of the year.
Colton Silveria rushed for 120 yards, Marquis Nicolis added 105 and Williams finished with 84 as UC Davis ran for 331 yards altogether. Wright completed 20 of 31 passes for 309 yards, hitting Dalton Turay with a nine-yard touchdown and tight end Mark Martindale from 10 yards as well as Soto's long TD.
The 640 yards of total offense marked the first time UC Davis went over 600 in a game since piling up 641 against Iona in 2008. Wright's 300-yard game was his first since throwing for 320 agaisnt UTSA last season, and the dual 100-yard rushers were the program's first since O.J. Swanigan (178) and Elihu Vann (130) did so at Western Washington in 2002.
UC Davis picked up its other touchdown from Silveria who ran in from two yards early in the second quarter. Brady Stuart added a 44-yard field goal, tying his career-best, and made all seven of his PAT tries.
The Aggies were also 11 of 15 on third down. Defensive back Aaryn Jones and Jordan Glass each had seven tackles for the UC Davis defense while linebacker Byron Gruendl and defensive end Nick King each had solo sacks. Andrew Benjamin and Walter Earnest shared one.
Cornerback Jonathan Perkins had a pair of pass breakups for UC Davis which had six overall. The Aggies did a great job against the rush, surrendering just 55 yards total.
Yost kept the Aggie defense busy, throwing for 374 yards while completing 29 of 41 passes. Josh Hill had 10 catches for 82 yards, Rodrick Rumble had seven receptions for 142 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown, and Richmond had six catches.
Luke Austin had a pair of touchdown receptions for the Bengals. Phil Pleasant had 22 tackles and Mitch Beckstead had 20 tackles to pace the Idaho State defense.
UC Davis will remain on the road next week, facing nationally ranked Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Ariz.