Oct. 18, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Senior quarterback Jon Barragan passed for a career-high 325 yards and three touchdowns Saturday afternoon as UC Davis rolled up 578 yards in total offense, beating Western Washington 48-19 in a homecoming football win played before 7,628 fans at Toomey Field.
The Aggies won their third consecutive game, improving to 4-2. The Vikings lost their third straight and dropped to 1-6. Duncan Sherrard had 96 yards rushing to lead Western Washington.
Barragan, filling in for the second straight game in place of regular starter Ryan Flanigan, had 366 yards in total offense. He completed 19 of 28 passes with two interceptions for 325 yards while also rushing for 41 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that extended the Aggies' lead to 17-6.
UC Davis finished with 374 yards through the air, also rushing the ball 46 times for 204 yards. Eight different players were credited with rushes and 12 caught passes. The Aggies averaged 7.2 yards per play in the game. UC Davis had 356 yards in total offense during the first half, heading into intermission with a 27-12 lead.
"It was nice to get some balance in our offense," said Aggie coach Bob Biggs. "We know we can run the ball but it was nice to get the passing game involved. It was a complete game and particularly nice to get everyone involved. We don't always have a chance to do that. I really enjoy it when everyone contributes and that's what happened today."
Western Washington took its only lead in the game after taking the game's opening kick 50 yards in nine plays before Michael Koenen kicked a 32-yard field goal just 2 minutes, 18 seconds into the contest. Koenen later added a 51-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
Trailing 3-0, UC Davis got on the board when Barragan found Billy Zeier on an 8-yard scoring pass with 9:33 left in the first quarter. Zeier was one of five Aggies who tallied their first career touchdowns on Saturday, a group that also included receiver Nolan deGraaff, running back Nelson Doris, cornerback Jashaun McCowan and receiver Ryan Smith.
A 14-yard pass from quarterback Steve Nichols to receiver Matt Wilson brought the Vikings to within 17-12 late in the first half, but Barragan found deGraaf from 19 yards out to make it 24-12 - and after the defense held - UC Davis tacked on a 24-yard field goal from Dusty Apocotos with seven seconds to go. Apocotos also had a 35-yard field goal in the first quarter.
The Aggies extended their lead to 34-12 midway through the third quarter in quick-strike fashion when Doris took a screen pass from Barragan and raced 26 yards for the score, while another touchdown came courtesy of McCowan just over a minute later when he picked off Nichols and raced up the left sideline 24 yards for his first career touchdown.
Leading 41-12 at the start of the third quarter, the Aggies found another touchdown combination in reserve quarterback Jon Grant, who hit sophomore Ryan Smith with a 30-yard touchdown pass on the right sideline to make it 48-12. Quarterback James Monrean threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Brett Upchurch on the game's final play. "We are playing well right now but there is room for improvement," said Biggs. "We still have some tough games coming up."
The Aggie defense played particularly tough against the Vikings' standout receiver Andy Olson who came into the game with 44 catches for 865 yards. He was limited to just five catches on Saturday, finishing with 64 yards. UC Davis also held Western Washington to just 1 for 10 on third-down conversions. Middle linebacker Kelly Valaau and free safety Ejiro Evero each had six total tackles for the Aggies, while Evero also blocked a field goal attempt by Koenen early in the second quarter. Defensive Aaron Latzke deflected a punt in the first half, which still managed to travel 34 yards downfield. UC Davis has blocked either a field goal attempt or punt in each of its six games this season.
UC Davis will take its second bye of the schedule next weekend, returning to action on Nov. 1 with a 1 p.m. game at Saint Mary's.