Aggies Post 34-18 Win over UND on Senior Day

Senior Dre Allen had seven tackles and a pass-breakup for UC Davis on Saturday.
 
Senior Dre Allen had seven tackles and a pass-breakup for UC Davis on Saturday.
 

Nov. 16, 2013

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DAVIS, Calif. - DAVIS, Calif. - Gabe Manzanares had 194 all-purpose yards including 132 on the ground, while scoring three touchdowns, as UC Davis beat visiting North Dakota 34-18 in a Big Sky Conference football game at Aggie Stadium on Saturday.

The Aggies improved to 4-7 overall and 4-3 in the conference while UND finished its season with a 3-8 overall mark and a 2-6 league record. The game was the final home contest for 16 UC Davis seniors.

Greg Hardin had 11 catches for 179 yards while Kenny Golladay had five for 109 yards and a touchdown to lead North Dakota.

Manzanares carried the ball 27 times, averaging 4.9 yards per attempt with a long of 39 yards. He added three catches for his 62 yards. He scored on runs of 17 yards and one yard and caught a 15-yard pass from Randy Wright.

Manzanares moved up to seventh on the Aggies' single-season rushing list with 1,163 yards while jumping six spots to fourth for single-season carries with 232.

Brady Stuart kicked a career-high four field goals (18, 29, 35, 32 yards), extending his consecutive made streak to eight in a row. The Aggies added their remaining points on a safety.

Senior cornerback Dre Allen had seven tackles and a pass-breakup to help lead the Aggies' defense which had six PBU's overall. Defensive end Zak Pettit had two sacks while defensive tackle Anthony Kaspar had one.

Zeb Miller had a pair of season-long 45-yard field goals for UND while Adam Shaugabay ran a second-quarter touchdown in from 3 yards and Kenny Golladay had a 30-yard reception from Joe Mollberg.

"Our focus the last couple of weeks has been superb," said Aggie coach Ron Gould. "We talked about attention to detail and focusing on fundamental football. I am proud of the team to see the seniors go out with a win. This group of seniors are really special. To see the way they have embraced me, see how they responded to change - not necessarily better, but different - was great to see."

The teams traded field goals in the first quarter before UC Davis took a 6-3 lead on Stuart's 29-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter. The Aggies added a safety on the ensuing kickoff which was fumbled out of the endzone and then bounced back in where it was covered by UND.

Jonathan Perkins then returned the subsequent free kick for 72 yards before Manzanares ran it in from 17 yards, giving the Aggies a 15-3 lead barely 30 seconds into the second period.

Trailing 18-9, UND pulled closer just before halftime on a three-yard TD run from Adam Shaugaby. Anthony Kaspar blocked the extra point.

Manzanares' 15-yard touchdown reception came early in the fourth quarter put UC Davis in front 24-9 while his one-yard plunge near the midway point of the period made it 31-12. Golladay's touchdown pass with 5:07 came at the end of an 80-yard drive by UND.

Stuart's final field goal capped the game's scoring.

"I told my players this week to keep playing the next play, line up again, and play that play," Gould said. "If we have to, lets regroup, refocus and execute the next play. I told them not to look at the scoreboard and just worry about the next play."

Senior quarterback Randy Wright completed 18 of 32 passes for 263 yards while Tom Hemmingsen had three catches for a team-high 66 yards. He had a long catch of 44 yards on the Aggies' first play of the game.

UC Davis also played well on special teams. Besides Kaspar's blocked PAT, Perkins' big return and Stuart's four field goals, Colby Wadman averaged 45.0 yards on five punts with a long of 53 yards and Charles Boyett had a 44-yard punt return.

Hardin went over 1,000 receiving yards for the second straight year with his big night. Quarterback Ryan Bartels threw for 233 yards before backup quarterback Joe Mollberg came in and added 135 more.

Defensive back Chavon Backey had a game-high 10 tackles for UND.

UC Davis returns to action with the 60th annual Causeway Classic next Saturday at rival Sacramento State. Kickoff at Hornet Stadium is 3:30 p.m.