Feb. 4, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis will host Northern Arizona on Sept. 7, giving the Aggies their first six-game home game schedule and 12-game regular season since 2008, it was announced on Monday by Director of Athletics Terry Tumey.
Northern Arizona and UC Davis are both members of the Big Sky Conference but the game will played as a nonconference matchup, a provision provided by the league to assist schools in completing schedules.
The game against the Lumberjacks will provide a home matchup between a season-opening roadtrip to South Dakota (Aug. 31) and a tough NCAA Div. I FBS game at Nevada (Sept. 14). It also joins other home games against Portland State (Sept. 21), Idaho State (Sept. 28), Montana (Oct. 12), Cal Poly (Nov. 2) and North Dakota (Nov. 16).
Eight of UC Davis' 12 regular-season games will be within driving distance for Aggie fans when road games at Nevada and Causeway Classic rival Sacramento State (Nov. 23) are factored in.
UC Davis and Northern Arizona met for the first time on the gridiron last fall when the Lumberjacks posted a tough 21-7 Big Sky win in Flagstaff, Ariz. The Lumberjacks finished 8-3 in 2012 and were 20th in the final Sports Network Top 25.
The Aggies last played 12 games in a regular season with half of them at home in 2008 when they finished 5-7. They went 5-1 at Aggie Stadium, including a four-game winning streak throughout October.