UC Davis Renews Football Rivalry With Nevada on Saturday

Jonathan Perkins

Sep 3, 2013

UC Davis Game Notes

Game 2
UC Davis (0-1) at Nevada (0-1)

Saturday, Sept. 7 • 6:05 pm  • Reno, Nev.
Mackay Stadium (30,000; FieldTurf)
TV - None
Radio - KHTK (1140 AM)
  Pregame show begins at 6:30 pm
Live Video: www.NevadaWolfPack.TV (Free)
Live Audio: Click here 

Series Record: Nevada leads 27-21-3  
Last Meeting: 1989, UC Davis 24-17 
Last Meeting Location: Reno, Nev.
Longest Aggies Win Streak: 4 games (twice)
Last Aggie Win: 24-17 at Reno, Nev. (1989)
Last Wolf Pack Win: 28-16 at Davis (1988)

UC Davis is playing its 95th season of football, renewing a rivalry with the University of Nevada that was last played in 1989... The teams have met 51 previous times, including 26 times in Reno... Saturday’s game is a matchup of first-year head coaches in Nevada’s BRIAN POLLAN and UC Davis’ Ron Gould... The Aggies are playing their opening two games on the road for the first time since 2011 (Arizona State, Montana State; 0-2) and second time since 2008 (San Jose State, Central Arkansas; 0-2)... They began the 2006 campaign with five straight road games, playing at least once in each of the four Continental United States timezones... UC Davis began that year 1-1, winning at Northern Colorado before falling at TCU... The Aggies rushed for 157 yards last weekend, the eighth-straight game they’ve had at least 100 and its highest output on the ground during that span... Conversely, they passed for just 110 yards, their fewest in a game since gaining just 67 at Cal in the 2010 opener... RB Gabe Manzanares, a walk-on transfer from City College of San Francisco, made his UC Davis debut with 91 rushing yards including jaunts of 17 and 12 yards, respectively, during a fourth-quarter drive that ended with Manzanares’ one-yard TD plunge... UC Davis is 2-8 in its last 10 games against an NCAA Div. I FBS opponent... It’s last win was 14-13 at San Jose State in 2010.

Saturday’s game will be aired on KHTK-Radio (1140 AM) with UC Davis alum SCOTT MARSH (play-by-play) and DOUG KELLY (analyst) in the booth... They’ll be joined this week by BILL HERENDA (sidelines)... The pregame show begins 30 minutes prior to kickoff and will be streamed (free of charge) on www.ucdavisaggies.com.

There is no television coverage of Saturday’s game. It will be available, however, free of charge through the Mountain West Network and www.NevadaWolfPack.TV. A link is available through the schedule page at www.ucdavisaggies.com.

The Wolf Pack hold a 27-21-3 all-time series lead over the Aggies, including a 14-10-2 mark in Reno... But after playing nine times during former head coach JIM SOCHOR’s era (1970-88), the teams haven’t met since UC Davis’ 24-17 victory in 1989... The Aggies have twice rattled off four-game winning streaks in the series (1961-1964; 1970-77) while the Wolf Pack won seven straight early on (1919-1926)... The teams first met on the gridiron in 1915, the first year UC Davis played football... Nevada was the Aggies’ third opponent that year with the UC Davis winning 14-10... The Aggies are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games in Reno... While not a particularly relevant note for a road game, the Wolf Pack do serve the distinction of playing in the most-attended football game at UC Davis... A crowd of 12,800 saw the Aggies post a 37-21 win at Toomey Field (former home to UC Davis football)... Official capacity of Toomey Field? 10,111... The Aggies have only played four other teams as many times as Nevada. That list:

Longest Aggie Series (not including Nevada)
1. Chico State, 69 (UC Davis, 46-20-3)*
T2. Humboldt State, 60 (UC Davis, 41-16-3)
T2. Sacramento State, 60 (UC Davis, 42-18)
4. San Francisco State, 51 (UC Davis, 33-17-1)*
* - no longer sponsors footbal

The Wolf Pack are in their second year in the Mountain West Conference after moving over from the Western Athletic Conference prior to the 2012 season... Nevada is coming off a 58-20 loss at No. 21 UCLA on Saturday, a game it only trailed 17-13 at halftime before the Bruins rattled off 20 unanswered points... QB CODY FAJARDO, who threw for 2,786 yards and 20 TDs last year, had 164 yards on Saturday, completing six passes to both WR RICHY TURNER and TE KOLBY ARENDSE... Fajardo also rushed for 106 yards on 22 carries, scoring from a yard out with seven seconds left in the first half, and then finding the endzone from 21 yards early in the fourth quarter... Nevada had 171 total rushing yards, averaging 3.4 yards a carry... Defensively, Nevada allowed 647 yards to UCLA, relatively balanced between both rushing (345 yds) and passing (302 yds)... The Bruins had 32 first downs and averaged 7.9 yards a play... UCLA was also effective on third down, converting 9 of 12 attempts... The halftime stats were more even with the Bruins only outgaining the Wolf Pack 273-246 in total yards... LB JORDAN DOBRICH had 10 tackles while DB CHARLES GARRETT had nine... DE LENNY JONES picked up Nevada’s lone sack.

S Aarynn Jones, whose 52 tackles last year led all returners, is off to a similar start this season, posting a game-high tying nine tackles including eight solo... S Charles Boyett posted seven stops... LB Ryan Dimino made his second career start, and first since 2011, finishing with six tackles (3 solo)... UC Davis did not have a sack for just the second time since the start of last season (Portland State in ‘12 was the other)... The Aggies punted six times, fumbled, missed a field goal and had another blocked before breaking through with their fourth-quarter touchdown... They averaged 4.6 yards a carry, finishing with 157 yards on the ground... South Dakota punted five times but none were returned... The Aggies were 4 of 14 on third down and held the Coyotes to 3 of 12... UC Davis did not have any fourth-down tries... QB Jimmy Laughrea played the entire second quarter for the Aggies with planned playing time... He threw for 50 yards on six completions and had a 21-yard scramble, the longest UC Davis run of the game... Head coach Ron Gould talked in his preseason comments about wanting to be balanced offensively. Of the team’s 14 first downs, seven came via the pass and the other seven through the air... South Dakota outgained the Aggies 286-267 but needed seven more plays to do it (UC Davis averaged 4.6 yards per play; USD averaged 4.4)... CB Jonathan Perkins averaged 24.9 yards per kickoff return last year and is off to a good start in 2013, returning a second-quarter boot 45 yards after catching it at the goal line... CB Shamawn Wright had a similar effort, going 31 yards with the ball to start the second half... UC Davis’ longest drive was a 14-play effort that covered 72 yards in the second quarter.

WR Tom Hemmingsen returns to the Aggies after missing last year due to injury... He led the receiving corps in 2011 in receptions (50), yards (622) and touchdowns (7) and had a long catch of 50 yards... His return gives UC Davis its top receivers from each of the past two years ready to go... WR Corey Galindo (33-598, 3 TDs) paced the team last year, grabbing a 72-yard score from QB Randy Wright against Cal Poly... Galindo needs just 29 yards for 1,000 in his career... Hemmingsen is 222 yards from joining that club. 

Ron Gould spent 16 seasons on the staff at nearby Cal, developing some of the nation’s top collegiate - and now professional - running backs while also rising to associate head coach status... It’s not surprising then that his Aggie coaching staff has a decidedly “Golden Bear” flavor... Seven members of Gould’s coaching and support staff have spent time in Berkeley, including offensive coordinator - and Aggie alum - Kevin Daft who worked alongside Gould for seven seasons as wide receivers and quarterbacks coach... Others include defensive coordinator Bert Watts (2 years as def. asst.), offensive line coach Matt Wiegand (2 years as grad asst.), tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Ben Steele (2 years as offensive admin. asst.), defensive quality control staff member Robert Haney (1 year as quality control asst.), offensive quality control coach Quinn Tedford (1 year volunteer asst. wide receivers coach and also a former player)... Tedford is the son of former Cal coach Jeff Tedford... Additionally, director of operations Denis Hallin (9 years as admin. asst.) brings extensive experience from Cal. 

It’s no secret that Ron Gould has been called one of the, if not the, best running backs coaches in the country... His success with the Bears’ ground attack and the NFL-caliber players that excelled under his tutelage have been well-documented... In 2004 he oversaw Cal’s best rushing average in more than 50 years at 256.8 ypg which ranked it sixth nationally and helped standout J.J. Arrington finish eighth in the 2004 Heisman Trophy balloting... Several Gould’s players went on to the NFL... Jahvid Best (2008) was one of three protegès to lead the Pac-10 in rushing, a trio that also featured Arrington (2004) and Marshawn Lynch (2006).

The list of players that are or have recently been on NFL rosters include:
C.J. Anderson (Denver Broncos)
Eric Stevens (St. Louis Rams)
Justin Forsett (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Shane Vereen (New England Patriots)
Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks)
Jahvid Best (Detroit Lions) 
Will Ta’ufo’ou (Jacksonville Jaguars)

A 4-7 overall record was not what the Aggies wished for former head coach Bob Biggs who announced prior to the start of the season that 2012 would be his last... But, a quick glance down the results show the Aggies were anything but pushovers, particularly against elite opponents... UC Davis faced three teams that were ranked when it played them and two others that made their home in the polls shortly after their matchup with the Aggies... Four of them went to the FCS playoffs. 

South Dakota State 12, UC Davis 8 (Sept. 15)
The visiting Aggies didn’t trail in the defensive game until the fourth quarter. The Jackrabbits later advanced to the postseason’s second round after 

Cal Poly 28, UC Davis 20 (Sept. 22)
The host Mustangs scored 28 straight, erasing a 10-0 deficit, but then had to withstand a fourth-quarter Aggie rally that made it a one-touchdown game. Cal Poly also earned an NCAA bid.

No. 2 Montana State 48, UC Davis 41 (Oct. 6)
The Aggies played rude hosts by scoring 24 straight points in the third quarter, turning a big deficit into a 38-31 lead. UC Davis led 41-38 in the fourth quarter before the Bobcats rallied to survive the upset bid. MSU made the national quarterfinals.

No. 15 No. Arizona 21, UC Davis 7 (Oct. 20)
Defense ruled this matchup in Flagstaff with the Lumberjacks leading just 7-0 midway through the third quarter. Two quick scores widened their lead but the Aggies later had a chance to get to within a touchdown before being turned away with an NAU fourth-quarter goal-line stand.

No. 5 E. Washington 31, UC Davis 28 (Nov. 10)
A 22-point second quarter gave the visiting Aggies a stunning 25-14 halftime lead. However, a TD midway through the fourth pushed the Eagles into the lead who then needed to block a last-minute 52-yard FG attempt to avoid OT. EWU made it to the NCAA Championship.

The conference released its preseason polls of both the media/SID’s and head coaches during its annual Big Sky Kickoff Event in Park City, Utah on July 15... The top 10 teams were the same in each ranking: 1. Montana State, 2. Eastern Washington, 3. Montana, 4. Cal Poly, 5. Northern Arizona, 6. Sacramento State, 7. North Dakota, 8. Northern Colorado, 9. Southern Utah, 10. Portland State... The media finished with 11. UC DAVIS, 12. Weber State, 13. Idaho State... The coaches listed 11. Weber State, 12. UC DAVIS and 13. Idaho State in their final three spots. 

Several Aggies were recognized by various media outlets during the annual parade of preseason honors... The list includes FB Dalton Turay who was selected to the preseason All-Big Sky Team, voted by the media as the squad’s only fullback... Turay rushed for 234 yards and 7 TDs last year, including three touchdowns in the second quarter alone against Weber State, while also adding 21 receptions for 156 yards and another score. 

Other preseason honors include:
• Phil Steele’s Preview Preseason All-Big Sky Teams - FB Dalton Turay, TE Taylor Sloat, DE Nick King AND CB Jonathan Perkins.

• Phil Steele’s Preview Preseason Position Ratings - FB Dalton Turay (#12), TE Taylor Sloat (#18), KR and CB Jonathan Perkins (#19 and #25), DE Nick King (#22), PK Brady Stuart (#28), QB Randy Wright (#33) and WR Corey Galindo (#35).

• College Sports Madness Preseason All-Big Sky Teams - TE Taylor Sloat (2nd team), DE Nick King (3rd team), CB Jonathan Perkins (third team).

• College Football Performance Awards Watch Lists - Tight ends: Taylor Sloat; Placekickers: Brady Stuart; Kick returners: Jonathan Perkins.

DE Nick King played a reserve role for the UC Davis defense in 2010 and 2011 before enjoying a breakout season in 2012 when he led the Aggies with 6.5 sacks (for 42 yards)... He had a team-high 14.0 TFLs (for 64 yards) and finished fifth on the team with 48 tackles... King added a team-high three quarterback hurries and forced two fumbles... He twice had seven tackles in a game (SDSU, Weber State).

P Colton Schmidt was a key part to UC Davis’ special teams last year, setting a school record for punt averages for a season (44.5) and career (41.1) while also setting an Aggie mark for longest punt (78 yds at North Dakota; 2010)... He finished sixth among FCS punters last year before earning All-Big Sky first-team honors and eventually landing in NFL camps this summer with the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns... Freshman P COBY WADMAN made his debut against South Dakota State and had a solid 35.5 average over six punts, nailing a long punt of 46 yards... His average was impacted by two deliberately shorter punts which he pinned inside the 20-yard line... Wadman’s second-quarter boot from the Coyotes’ 38 was fair caught at the 5 while his 21-yard boot in the third quarter was downed at the 12 after spinning back a few yards... He also had a 45-yard punt in the third.

RB Gabe Manzanares, a walk-on transfer from City College of San Francisco, not only found a spot on the Aggies’ roster but he was impressive enough to earn a starting role in the backfield... He fumbled on his second carry as an Aggie but then found his rhythm, finishing with 91 yards on 18 carries, good enough for a 5.1 avg... Manzanares had three carries of at least 11 yards, including 11-yarders in each of the final two quarters and a 19-yard gain over left tackle during UC Davis’ lone scoring dive... Manzanares carried the ball three times after the Aggies’ first down at the USD 2, lumbering in from a yard with 3:50 left in the game.

QB Randy Wright was the first freshman - albeit a redshirt freshman - since 2000 to start at signal-caller when he opened his playing career at Cal in 2010... He’s started 33 consecutive games, had a trio of 300-yard games and is entrenching his name throughout the Aggies’ career charts... Here’s a quick look.

Passing yards - 4th (7,152 yards)

Total offense - 4th (6,877 yards)
Passing attempts - 3rd (1,060)
Completions - 3rd (607)
Touchdowns - T-6th (44)  

Wright needs 449 yards to move up in yards, is 95 attempts from owning that school record, and is just 84 completions from taking over the No. 1 spot on that ledger.

UC Davis enjoyed a standout season in the special teams department, particularly in punting and kick returns which each led the FCS... A big part of that punting effort - Colton Schmidt - graduated and enjoyed time this summer in the San Francisco 49ers’ preseason camp... 2012 NCAA ranks: 

Net punting - 1st (41.4 avg.)
Kick returns -1st (26.4 avg.)
Kick returns (ind.) - 16. Alex Hines (26.9)
Kick returns (ind.) - 30. Jonathan Perkins (24.9)
Punting (ind.) - 6. COLTON  SCHMIDT (44.5)

Perkins had an 81-yard TD return against Sacramento State in the Causeway Classic, the fifth-longest return for a score in school history.

UC Davis has 100 players on its roster and if 99 of them ever need to find a ride home during vacation, they will very likely have a teammate that’s from a nearby locale... That’s because 99 percent (that’s 99 of 100) of the Aggies’ roster is home-grown from California... Freshman LB Xavier Griggs is the lone player who might have to scramble for a ride since he hails from Portland, Ore... Griggs is the first out-of-state player since former QB Sean Maraz who was from Phoenix, Ariz., and was on the 2011 roster. 

UC Davis returns veteran experience on the offensive line in left tackle Ian Joseph and right guard Jimmy Kunkel... Joseph, a 6-6, 300, junior from Placerville is working on a streak of 23 consecutive starts... He was the Aggies’ first freshman full-time start at left tackle in more than a decade when he opened his career at Arizona State in the 2011 opener... Kunkel, a 6-3, 305, senior from Lakehead, Calif., made his Aggie debut in the 2010 opener at Cal but began his starting streak the same game as Joseph in 2011, putting his run at 23 games as well.

Similar courtesy of consecutive streaks can be said of the Aggies’ defensive backfield as well... CB Jonathan Perkins, who earned All-Big Sky Conference honorable mention accolades last year, has started the last 33 games going back to his redshirt freshman season.... He was an All-Great West Conference second-team pick in 2010 before gaining Big Sky honors last year... Perkins is a senior from Gardena, Calif.....  Dre Allen, a senior from Compton, Calif., has started 12 consecutive games including all 11 last year... Allen has 14 career starts. 

UC Davis will be selecting its team captains on a week-to-week basis:

SOUTH DAKOTA - DE Nick King; OL Jimmy Kunkel; TE Taylor Sloat; CB Dre Allen.

For what was believed to be the first time in the previous 45 years, the UC Davis football team wore all-white uniforms during their Sept. 8, 2012 game at   San Jose State... Traditionally, the Aggies had worn blue jerseys at home and white jerseys on the road... Both combined with gold pants... UC Davis opened the 2013 season against South Dakota with all-white uniforms as well.

The league office selects offensive, defense and special teams players of the week every Monday during the football season.

Sept. 2 - Offense: QB Vernon ADAMS, Eastern Washington; Defense: DE Brady DALY, Montana State; Special Teams: K Colton COOK, Southern Utah.

Spring practices were livened up this year with visits from three players that were either on NFL rosters or on their way... Former Cal running back great - and most recently a member of the Detroit Lions - JAHVID BEST came by on Apr. 6 and spoke to the team after practice... He relayed a story about being called into RON GOULD’s office... Best thought he was in trouble but instead he said Gould told him, “I’m going to push you and I’m going to test you everyday, no matter what. You can either embrace that or you can fight it.”... Best embraced it, finishing his career with 2,668 rushing yards and 29 TDs... He was joined at practice by FB ERIC STEVENS who earned a spot on the St. Louis Rams’ practice squad this season... NFL veteran TE Daniel Fells, most recently with the New England Patriots, visited on Apr. 12... Fells had 59 catches for 964 career yards as an Aggie from 2002-05... He was on the Aggies’ team in 2005 when it posted its stunning 20-17 win over Stanford. 

Researched game dates in the UC Davis archives only go as far back as 1962 but the only time since then the Aggies have played on Sept. 7 was in 2002 when they opened the season at Div. II top-ranked Grand Valley State (Mich.)... UC Davis trailed the Lakers 24-8 going into the fourth quarter but RB O.J. Swanigan scored on a five-yard touchdown run midway through the period and then K Dusty Apocotos hit a 22-yard field goal four minutes later to bring the Aggies within a touchdown... The Aggies got as far as GVSU’s 15 in the final minute before a late interception in the end zone ended the threat... UC Davis had three fumbles and three interceptions, leading to 21 Lakers points... The Aggies were ranked as high as No. 2 in the Div. II preseason polls that year.

UC Davis has 12 games this season including eight Big Sky Conference matchups. However, they’ll be playing 10 Big Sky opponents. What gives?... The conference has given approval for its members to play each other as nonconference opponents... The arrangement helps the Aggies with establishing rivalries against conference teams as well as helping them complete their schedule. UC Davis will play those nonconference “conference” games on Sept. 14 (Northern Arizona) and Sept. 21 (Portland State) before beginning the real league season on Sept. 21 (Idaho State).

The Aggies are playing an NCAA Div. I FBS opponent for the ninth consecutive season... They are 2-8 with victories over Stanford (20-17; 2005) and San Jose State (14-13, 2010)... Among the other FBS teams they’ve faced are TCU, Arizona State, Hawai’i, Boise State, Cal and Fresno State... UC Davis also had a memorable upset against (then-called) Div. I-A Pacific in 1986, upsetting the Tigers 46-41.

UC Davis has FBS opponents lined up for each of the next three seasons.... Stanford (2014), Nevada (2015) and Oregon (2016).

No, this doesn’t refer to putting a roof on Aggie Stadium... After Saturday’s tough loss at South Dakota, the Aggies’ all-time indoor record stands at 4-5... The first game inside was played in 2001 during the NCAA Div. II Playoffs when North Dakota beat UC Davis 14-2... The most recent win was a 52-45 shootout at Idaho State last season... The Aggies have no other indoor games scheduled for this season. 

UC Davis will play one game televised locally when it travels to rival Sacramento State for the 60th Causeway Classic on Sept. 23... The game will be broadcast by Comcast SportsNet California... Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Tickets for all UC Davis home games can be obtained by contact the UC Davis Athletics Ticket Office at (530) 752-AGS1 or by visiting www.ucdavisaggies.com... Season tickets begin at $65.

The Aggies will play at home for the first time in 2013 when they host Northern Arizona at 6 p.m. at Aggie Stadium... It’s the first of two straight games against Big Sky opponents that will be played as nonconference matchups... Next week starts a three-game homestand that continues with Portland State (Sept. 21) and Idaho State (Sept. 28)... UC Davis has not played three consecutive games at home sicne 2010 when it went 1-2 in a “Southern” swing against South Dakota (W, 17-13), South Alabama (L, 24-21) and Southern Utah (L, 55-24).