Aggies set for Saturday's home opener vs. San Diego

Sept. 7, 2017

Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. 

Game 2

(RV) San Diego Toreros (1-0)
UC Davis Aggies (0-1)

Saturday, Sept. 9 - 6 p.m.
Aggie Stadium (10,849) - Davis, Calif.

Online Stream
Pluto TV Channel: 245 (Download the app from iTunes App Store or Appstore for Android)
Radio: KHTK 1140 AM - Scott Marsh (PBP), Doug Kelly (Analyst)
Audio - UC Davis' TuneIn Channel
Live Stats
In-game Twitter Updates

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Game Notes: UC Davis  |  San Diego  |  Big Sky

- Youth Day: Free admission for kids 13 and under with paid adult ticket
- Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day: Two free tickets are available for UC Davis faculty and staff, click here and enter the code: StaffAggiePride
- UC Davis Athletics would like to welcome all football alumni attending Saturday's home opener

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DAVIS, Calif. - The long wait is over, UC Davis football fans, because the first home game of the season is finally here! Coach Dan Hawkins and his Aggie football team will face San Diego, a participant in last season's NCAA postseason, in Saturday's 6 p.m. home opener.

This is the first of five games taking place at Aggie Stadium this season; UC Davis will head to Portland State and Weber State throughout the upcoming weeks before hosting its next home on Sept. 30 vs. North Dakota.

There are multiple ways to follow this week's game versus the Toreros:. UC Davis fans can listen to Scott Marsh (PBP) and Doug Kelly's call on 1140 AM, online at, or by accessing the UC Davis Sports Network on or its app for mobile devices.  

An online stream is also available at WatchBigSky powered by Pluto.TV. This new service by the conference's newest media partner allows fans to watch this game on over the type devices. Simply download the Pluto TV app and look for the Aggies on channel 235.

 UC Davis is 3-2 in home openers since joining the Big Sky Conference in 2012
 San Diego is the second of six 2016 postseason opponents on the Aggies’ 2017 schedule
 Other opponents include San Diego State, Weber State, North Dakota, Eastern Washington and Cal Poly
 San Diego’s first meeting with UC Davis took place on Nov. 25, 2006 – the last home game held at Toomey Field
 That 2006 Torero team entered Davis with an undefeated record (including an 18-game win streak) under the watch of (then) head coach Jim Harbaugh, but ultimately suffered a 37-27 loss
 The Aggies’ clinched their 37th consecutive winning season with that victory

 UC Davis leads the all-time series, 4-1
 The Aggies are 3-0 at home against the Toreros, and split the two games played in San Diego
 The last head-to-head meeting took place on Sept. 17, 2011, a game the Aggies won on their home turf by a 31-3 score

 Season tickets — starting at $50 — mini plans, premium game tickets, tailgate passes and single-game tickets are available for purchase online at, over the phone by calling (530) 752-AGS1 (2471), or in person at the Athletic Ticket Office, located at Aggie Stadium, Monday-Friday between the hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
 The Athletic Ticket Office will open four hours before kickoff on home game days

 Enjoy pregame tailgating, live entertainment, food and beverages at the Kickoff Street Party, located on La Rue Road next to Aggie Tailgate Field
 In addition to meeting Gunrock, games, inflatables and other interactive events are
available for families beginning three hours prior to kickoff

 Every Wednesday throughout the season, UC Davis head coach Dan Hawkins and various guests will join host Scott Marsh and Doug Kelly on the UC Davis Coaches Show
 In addition to watching the show live, fans can also access a live stream on UC Davis Athletics’ Facebook page will provide information regarding the location of future shows

 UC Davis’ 2017 team captains, as voted on by the student-athletes, are:

Derek Baljeu - Gr., TE
Keleen Culberson - Sr., DB
Brock Dale - Sr., QB

 An outstanding performance throughout UC Davis’ season opener at San Diego State (9/2) led to ROOT SPORTS Offensive Player of the Week accolades for junior wide receiver Keelan Doss, as announced by Big Sky officials on Sept. 4
 The Alameda, Calif. native ended his day with 181 yards on eight receptions
 No Big Sky player recorded more receiving yards during Week One than Doss
 That single-game total is the third-highest in program history, and the second-highest of Doss’ career, trailing only his 202-yard performance in last year’s Causeway Classic rivalry game vs. Sacramento State
 Four of Doss’ receptions covered 30 or more yards: a 41-yard strike on the first play of the game/season, a 30-yard catch later that half, a 38-yard and a 32-yard completion on the same drive, with the latter capping a nine-play, 95-yard scoring effort that led to six Aggie points
 Stretching back to the final week of the 2016 regular season, UC Davis won the last two Offensive Player of the Week Awards
 Manusamoa Luuga earned Big Sky honors on Nov. 21, 2016 when he carried the ball 38 times for 249 yards and a touchdown during UC Davis’ big 48-30 rivalry victory vs. Sacramento State

 Throughout UC Davis’ season opener, 19 student-athletes competed in their first game as an Aggie: Connor Airey, Terrell Cloud, Erron Duncan, Eric Flowers, Jake Maier, Will Martin, Namane Modise, Mason Moe, Logan Montgomery, Aaron Moore, De’Andre Morgan, Max O’Rourke, Jordan Perryman, Christian Skeptaris, Isaiah Thomas, Khris Vaughn, Daniel Whelan, Jaylin White and Andrew Wilson

 In his debut game as an Aggie, as a true freshman, Logan Montgomery collected the first touchdown of his college career
 Junior transfer Gabe Manzanares was the last UC Davis player to record a touchdown (or score a point of any kind) in his Aggie debut when UC Davis visited South Dakota on Aug. 31, 2013
 Other Aggies who scored in their first-ever appearance, since the program first started competing as a Big Sky program in 2012,  all took place on Aug. 30, 2012, when Azusa Pacific visited Aggie Stadium for its first-ever Division I home game
 That afternoon, sophomore Dalton Turay scored the first points for his team on a 2-yard rush; redshirt freshmen Brady Stuart connected on his first field goal (23 yards), and Courtney Williams capped the game with a 1-yard run for his inaugural TD as an Aggie

 Redshirt freshman Erron Duncan also enjoyed a stellar debut game as an Aggie by finishing the ‘17 season opener with a team-high 6.5 tackles
 Including his five solo stops, Duncan recorded three assisted tackles

 UC Davis alum (‘84) and new head coach Dan Hawkins is respected nationwide for his football acumen, knowledge and experiences gained around the world
 In addition to his head coaching stints at Boise State and Colorado, Coach Hawkins also held the following football-related positions:

ESPN, Sirius XM - College Football Analyst
USA Football - Head Coach
Montreal Alouettes - Head Coach
Vienna Vikings - Offensive Coordinator
Willamette University - Head Coach
Sonoma State University - Defensive Coordinator
College of the Siskiyous - Offensive Coordinator
Christian Brothers High School - Head Coach
UC Davis - Head Coach Defensive Coordinator Freshmen; Varsity LB Coach

 First-year UC Davis head coach Dan Hawkins announced 30 NLI commitments on the opening day of the 2017 window (Feb. 1, 2017)
 Including the two mid-year transfer signees from last  December, the 2016-17 recruiting class to (32) is significantly larger than the Aggies’ previous record class of 18, set in 2010
Hawkins’ first class largely consists of Californians (28), with representation from Oregon and Arizona
Four members of this NLI class are JC transfers
 Hawkins took over as UC Davis’ 17th all-time head football coach on November 28, and largely assembled his coaching staff during the latter parts of December, resulting in a short window for finalizing recruiting

 Coach Hawkins is not the only Aggie alum on the coaching staff since two assistant coaches also posses ties to the university
 Offensive coordinator Tim Plough has a full decade of experience as part of UC Davis football: four years as a letterwinner (QB) and another five on staff
 Assistant coach Tim Keane (offensive live) was the starting center for the Aggies from 2003-06
 He was a member of the UC Davis team that upset Stanford on its own field

 UC Davis will appear twice on Eleven Sports, the Big Sky Conference’s new television partner
 The network’s first Big Sky football broadcast will involve the Aggies when Eleven Sports airs their Sept. 16 matchup at Portland State (2 p.m.)
 Eleven Sports will visit Aggie Stadium two weeks later when UC Davis hosts North Dakota  in a 6 p.m. league tilt on Sept. 30
Eleven Sports Network launched an American channel in March of 2017, and will air nearly 40 league events during the 2017-18 season
Eleven Sports Network is available on DirecTV channel 623. Roughly 3.1 DirecTV viewers subscribe to a sports package that includes Eleven Sports, which is also available on AT&T Uverse (Channel 1665), Verizon FiOS (Channel 597) and Google Fiber (Channel 251)
DirecTV is in more than 21 million homes, all with access to Eleven Sports
All Eleven Sports Big Sky Conference events will also stream live for free on Pluto TV

The Big Sky Conference is the  first mid-major conference with its own 24/7 “Over The Top” channel. The Big Sky’s primary channel is 230 on Pluto TV
OTT platforms have become a very popular way for consumers to view video, audio and other media content transmitted via the Internet, and not through traditional cable or satellite companies
Pluto TV is the leading free “Over The Top” television service in America with more than 6 million active users per month, and growing
Pluto TV is the leading free Internet-based TV service that is available on almost any device such as Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation, Xbox, and smart TVs like Sony, Samsung, Vizio and more
Pluto TV is also available through a free app on mobile and table devices (i.e. iOS and Android), as well as traditional PCs
All content on Pluto TV is free, including its Video on Demand
Pluto TV content, provided by Big Sky schools, is available on the following channels:

245 - UC Davis
232 - Portland State
233 - Sacramento State
234 - Eastern Washington
235 - Weber State
236 - Southern Utah
237 - Montana
238 - Montana State
239 - Northern Arizona
240 - North Dakota
241 - Northern Colorado
242 - Idaho
243 - Idaho State
244  - Cal Poly

When the Aggies take the field against San Diego this weekend, Fred Arp will witness, in person, his 445th UC Davis consecutive football game
Arp was an assistant coach with the Aggies for more than 40 years before retiring at the end of the 2007 season
His accomplishments as defensive line coach, and his reverence from the players he mentored, led to his enshrinement in the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010