Nov. 9, 2002
ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Quarterback Zak Hill threw for 350 yards and four toucdowns Saturday as sixth-ranked Central Washington used 31 unanswered points to beat UC Davis, 38-14, before 5,350 fans at Tomlinson Stadium, finishing the regular season a perfect 11-0.
The Wildcats' win will deliver them the top seed in the upcoming NCAA Division II Playoffs, while UC Davis - which had its seven-game winning streak snapped - is 7-2 and needing a win at Western Washington next weekend to keep hopes of a seventh straight postseason appearance alive. Central Washington entered the game as the top-ranked team in this week's NCAA West Region Poll, while UC Davis entered No.2.
Hill completed 21 of 28 passes against the Aggies, 10 of them to receiver Brian Potucek who had 180 receiving yards and a pair of scores. Running back Willie Johnson had 131 yards rushing and a one-yard score for Central Washington, which trailed 14-7 in the second quarter before scoring 31 points to take a 38-14 lead. UC Davis trailed, 19-14, at halftime.
"They're a good football team," said UC Davis coach Bob Biggs. "We were able to do some things in the first half but we got out of sequence.
"We weren't able to get into a rhythm in the second half," he added.
Running back Matt Massari recorded his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game, finishing with112 yards on 25 carries, including a two-yard score that gave the Aggies a 14-7 lead just 13 seconds into the second quarter. However, Hill hit Potucek on a 26-yard strike just over two minutes later to tie it and then Johnson plowed in from a yard with just 41 seconds left before half, giving the Wildcats a 19-14 advantage.
UC Davis drove to the Central Washington 45-yard line on its first possession of the second half, but quarterback Ryan Flanigan's pass was intercepted by Nick Omatsu at the 11 and returned 29 yards, ending the Aggies' threat. A 47-yard pass from Hill to Potucek opened a Wildcats' drive that ended with Hill hitting Moses Lewis from eight yards out three players later, putting Central Washington in front, 25-14, with 9:26 to go in the third.
Hill then connected with Potucek on a 47-yard touchdown pass with 6:50 left in the third and then found Moses Lewis on a 16-yard score with 12:24 left in the fourth, completing the Wildcats' scoring. Central Washington finished with 492 yards in total offense against UC Davis.
The Aggies came out and played well against the Wildcats, taking the opening drive 90 yards on eight plays for a 7-0 lead as Flanigan hit receiver Michael Eaglin on a 15-yard slant for the touchdown. Central Washington responded with an 11-play, 68-yard drive - punctuated by Jake Roberts' seven-yard touchdown run that was the result of a broken play. Massari's short touchdown run with 14:47 left in the second quarter gave the Aggies a 14-7 lead, their final lead of the game.
UC Davis played more than half of the game without receiver Michael Oliva, who went down with an apparent knee injury in the second quarter. However, he had three catches for 54 yards, giving him 3,013 for his career and making him just the second Aggie to eclipse 3,000 for his career. Charley Enos (1998-2001) is the all-time leader with 3,258.
Flanigan completed 11 of 15 passes for 171 yards before being replaced by Kearns, who was five of 14 for 53 yards. Jon Barragan also saw time at quarterback, completing his only attempt for 16 yards.
Lewis had four catches for 89 yards for the Wildcats, also scoring a pair of touchdowns. Eaglin's touchdown was the first of his Aggie career, while Massari's rushing total gives him 757 over his last five games.
UC Davis gained 337 yards in total offense, but had three turnovers in the game, including a pair of fumbles. Each team had three sacks. Defensive end B.J. Brust had six tackles for the Aggies, while linebacker Blake Walker had 14 for Central Washington. Safety A.J. Avila and linebacker Dan Elbanna each had interceptions for UC Davis.
The 38 points given up were the most by a UC Davis opponent since 58 scored by Bloomsburg (Pa.) in the 2000 NCAA Playoffs.
UC Davis will visit Western Washington for a 1 p.m. game next Saturday. Pairings for the upcoming NCAA Playoffs will be announced on Nov. 17.
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RUSHING - UCD: Matt Massari, 25-111, Billy Zeier, 2-13, Ryan Flanigan, 3-3, O.J. Swanigan, 1-2, Elihu Vann, 1-(-1), Team, 1-(-3), Kevin Freeman, 1-(-4), Kenny Kearns, 2-(-11), Jon Barragan, 4-(-14). CWU - Willie Johnson, 21-131, Jake Roberts, 1-7, Aaron Hineline, 1-4, Zak Hill, 6-3, Mario Sweet, 1-1, Brian Potucek, 1-(-2), Daryl Chase, 1-(-2).
RECEIVING - UCD: Matt Massari, 5-39, Bill Zeier, 4-36, Michael Oliva, 3-54, Grant Saysette, 2-25, Glenn Adriatico, 1-54, Scott McGee, 1-17, Michael Eaglin, 1-15. CWU: Brian Potucek, 10-180, Moses Lewis, 4-89, Jake Roberts, 3-42, Brooks Denny, 2-17, Nate Brookreson, 1-12, Mario Sweet, 1-10.