May 23, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis football team will take on one of the nation's best collegiate football programs in 2016 when the Aggies travel to historic Autzen Stadium for a nonconference game against perennial power University of Oregon early in the season.
The Ducks announced the game on Thursday along with matchups against several other first-time opponents over the coming seasons. UC Davis and Oregon are scheduled to play on Sept. 3, 2016 in Eugene.
While the teams have never faced each other on the football field, the respective programs share several coaching bonds, including current Aggie head coach Ron Gould who played defensive back at Oregon and was later a graduate assistant coach there from 190-91. He earned his undergraduate degree from the institution in 1988.
The coaching tree extends further to the Ducks' current staff with defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti. The longtime Oregon assistant played from 1973-75 for former Aggie head coach Jim Sochor and has been with the Ducks for more than two decades.
Another former player of Sochors' was Mike Bellotti (1969-72) who achieved great success at Oregon during his 14 seasons as head coach. He won 116 games and led the Ducks to 12 bowl games. Former Oregon associate head coach Neal Zoumboukos played two seasons at UC Davis in the mid-1960's and was later on Sochor's staff.
Current Boise State head coach and former Aggie player and assistant coach Chris Petersen is another former assistant coach at Oregon.
Oregon finished the 2012 season with a 12-1 record.
UC Davis has games against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams already scheduled for Nevada (2013 and 2015) and Stanford (2014).
The University of Oregon will mark the seventh member of the current Pac-12 Conference to face UC Davis joining Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon State, Stanford and UCLA.