Nov. 5, 2011
DAVIS, Calif. - Colton Silveria rushed for 65 yards and two touchdowns while adding 48 receiving yards as the UC Davis football team got back in the win column with a 24-17 victory over Great West foe and rival Cal Poly Saturday at Aggie Stadium.
The Aggies played the spoiler, preventing the Mustangs from an undefeated Great West season and guaranteed outright conference tittle. Cal Poly has already earned at least a share of the Great West championship.
The Aggies improved to 3-6 on the season and 1-2 in Great West play while Cal Poly dropped to 5-4 overall with a 3-1 conference record. UC Davis also improved to 3-1 at home, while taking the "Battle for the Golden Horseshoe" for the third consecutive year.
"I thought on both sides of the ball we knew exactly what we wanted to do and we were very well prepared," said head coach Bob Biggs. "We went out and executed and that was fun to see. We didn't have the turnovers that have plagued us the last couple weeks. I think the players will tell you that this win means a lot. I have always felt that we have the capability of playing like we did today and I would hope that continues for the next two games."
UC Davis had its most productive game of the season running the ball, finishing with 149 yards on the ground. Silveria had a team high 16 carries and 65 yards, while Josh Reese and Austin Edmonson added 38 and 25 yards, respectively.
Randy Wright completed 14 of 20 passing attempts for 203 yards and one touchdown. Tom Hemmingsen recorded five catches for a team-best 63 receiving yards to go along with one touchdown.
Cal Poly's Deonte Williams lead all players with 21 carries for 100 yards and one touchdown. Andre Broadous was 11 of 21 for 115 yards and rushed for a touchdown. Broadous also threw his first interception of the season, snapping a streak of 207 passes without a pick.
Defensively, UC Davis was led by Kevyn Lewis who had a game high 11 tackles. Tommy Grillo also recorded 2.5 sacks for 16 yards and a fumble recovery returned for eight yards. The Mustangs had a team high eight tackles from Bijon Samoodi.
Cal Poly managed to score on the opening drive of the game, traveling 68 yards on 10 plays before a James Langford 26-yard field goal. UC Davis responded with a score of its own on the following possession, using a 9-play, 67-yard drive, capped off by an 8-yard touchdown reception by Hemmingsen.
At the end of the first quarter, Bobby Erskine forced a Cal Poly fumble and Grillo recovered to give UC Davis the ball at midfield to start the second period. The Aggies took advantage, as Silveria broke free on the following drive for a 27-yard rushing touchdown, giving UC Davis a 14-3 advantage at the 13:45 mark in the second quarter.
The Aggies continued to roll in the first half, recording another touchdown drive after traveling 80 yards on nine plays. Following a pass interference call in the endzone, Silveria punched in a two-yard score to put UC Davis on top 21-3.
The Aggies also prevented a Mustang touchdown on a fourth and goal attempt late in the first half. Grillo and Andrew Benjamin posted a seven-yard sack, allowing UC Davis to take over on downs with 2:28 on the clock. Neither team could manage a score in the final two minutes as the Aggies took a 21-3 lead into the intermission.
UC Davis ate up over six minutes of clock in a 12-play, 40-yard drive to start the second half, before missing on a 30-yard field goal attempt. After a Cal Poly three-and-out, the Aggies added to their lead with a 36-yard field goal by Sean Kelley.
The Mustangs managed their first touchdown of the game late in the third, driving 58 yards on nine plays. Broadous capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run to make the score 24-10.
The Aggies had another missed field goal from 30 yards early in the fourth quarter, following a 12-play, 48-yard drive. The UC Davis defense continued to frustrate Cal Poly however, as Jonathan Calhoun took an interception on the following possession. Calhoun's return nearly resulted in a touchdown but it was brought back on a personal foul penalty.
Following an Aggie punt, the Mustangs had one more scoring drive to cut into their defect. Cal Poly went the length of the field on 17 plays, before Deonte Williams punched in a one-yard touchdown to make the score 24-17.
The Mustangs attempted an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff but UC Davis was able to secure the ball with just 2:08 remaining in the game. The Aggies were forced to punt after a three-and-out but Cal Poly advanced no further than their own 16 yard line on their final possession.
"Offensively, our staff had a great plan," continued coach Biggs. "We came out and spread them out and that caught Cal Poly off guard a little bit. It got them out of their rhythm and we were able to move the ball right down the field and score after they kicked a field goal early on. That was huge because we have had some difficulties starting games fast. That was a great momentum boost for us early on. And then I thought we played outstanding defense."
UC Davis will conclude its Great West and home schedule next week when they host North Dakota on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m.
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