Sept. 8, 2005
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SEPTEMBER 10, 2005
UC DAVIS VS. PORTLAND STATE
6:07 PM - TOOMEY FIELD
UC Davis looks to rebound from an opening week loss to highly ranked New
Hampshire when the Aggies host Portland State in a regionally televised
game (Comcast SportsNet) on Saturday evening at Toomey Field... UC Davis
has not lost two games at home to start a season since 1997 when Cal Poly
and South Dakota State came to Toomey Field and left with victories... The
Aggies last opened a season with two home matchups in 2000, outscoring New
Mexico Highlands and Eastern Oregon 107-20 in a pair of wins... Portland
State marks the first of three Big Sky Conference teams on the schedule...
The Aggies went 2-1 against Big Sky teams last year.
Portland State leads the all-time series between the schools, 5-1, including
a 38-21 victory in Portland last season... The Vikings jumped to a 28-0
lead in the first quarter of that contest and were up 31-7 at halftime before
a pair of Aggie touchdowns in the third quarter cut the deficit to 31-21...
RB Ryan Fuqua rushed for 149 yards to lead Portland State, which scored
three touchdowns in a span of three minutes in the first quarter... UC Davis
had six turnovers in the game, including four interceptions... RB Nelson
Doris had 118 rushing yards for the Aggies... UC Davis won the first game
between the schools in 1974 but have lost the last five.
All UC Davis games can be heard on KTHK (Sports 1140AM) for the 10th consecutive
season... Steve Buzzard (play-by-play), Doug Kelly (color) and Scott Marsh
(sidelines, studio) headline the veteran crew... KHTK is also the home of
the weekly "Bob Biggs Show" which can be heard on Thursdays during
the 7 p.m. hour of the Jim Kozimor Showgram... Games can also be heard on
KDVS (90.3 FM) student radio with Andrew Tomsky (play-by-play), Josh Koehn
(color) and Angela DaPrato (sidelines) calling the action... Simulcasts
of the KHTK broadcasts can also be heard live on the internet at www.UCDavisAggies.com.
For the second consecutive season, UC Davis will have home games televised
on Comcast SportsNet West... The regional sports network will televise this
weekend's game against Portland State as well as Cal Poly on Oct. 29...
Last season, Comcast SportsNet televised UC Davis home games against Sacramento
State and North Dakota State as well as selected men's and women's basketball
and baseball contests... The broacasters for this weekend's game have not
been announced... Actual kickoff time on Saturday will be 6:07 p.m. to accomodate
Tickets for all Aggie home games can be purchased at Toomey Field prior
to the game or in advance at the UC Davis Ticket Office (530/752-1915)...
Reserved seats are $15, general admission are $10, seniors (55+) are $7,
and UC Davis undergraduates and children under 5 are free... Group tickets
and season ticket packages are also available.
WHAT'S IN A NAME
With the transition to Division I comes more attention from national media
and, as a result, more media outlets referring to UC Davis in a number of
different manners. Simply, the university is either "UC Davis"
or "University of California, Davis"... Incorrect references we
have seen in media outlets: California-Davis, Cal-Davis, U.C. Davis, Cal
St. Davis, Davis State and U.C.-Davis... The Aggies thank you for helping
them make a new name for themselves on the field only.
A LOOK AT THE HEAD COACHES
Portland State head coach Tim Walsh enters his 13th year with the Vikings
and has a 77-60 record... The former Sonoma State coach (1989-92) is 104-74
and in his 17th year overall... He is Portland State's all-time leader in
victories (78), and games coached (137) and has led the Vikings to four
NCAA appearances, including three at the Division II level and the 2001
I-AA playoffs... UC Davis head coach Bob Biggs (UC Davis '73) owns a 102-39-1
(.722) record in his 13th year at the helm of the Aggies... Biggs earned
his 100th career win last year when the Aggies beat Northern Colorado 30-20...
He is the second-winningest coach in the history of the program, trailing
only Jim Sochor (1970-88) who had 156 victories... Biggs is 55-15-1 (.782)
at Toomey Field, 35-22-0 (.614) against Div. I teams, and 29-14-1 (.671)
in September... He led UC Davis to eight NCAA Div. II Playoff berths, including
PORTLAND STATE ROUNDUP
The Vikings, like UC Davis, scheduled a Pac-10 team on their 2005 season,
opening the year with a 41-14 loss at Oregon State last Saturday... The
Vikings trailed just 10-7 more than halfway through the second quarter before
the Beavers rattled off 24 straight points to take a 34-14 lead in the third...
RB Joe Rubin ran for 113 yards on 28 carries, accounting for all but 13
of the Vikings' rushing yards... QB Sawyer Smith threw for 174 yards and
a TD...MLB D.J. Robinson had a team-high nine tackles while LCB Dominic
Dixon had an interception... Rubin rushed for 825 yards last year while
Smith saw limited action (6 total atts.) at QB... WR Shaun Bodiford led
the team with 40 receptions for 587 yards while S Joey King had 63 tackles...
Dixon is one of three returnees who had two interceptions last season...
The Vikings, 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the Big Sky in 2004, averaged 373.8
ypg in total offense last year and gave up 346.3... They are also coming
off a season where they averaged 204.4 rushing yards.
BERGAN SNAGS TWO INTERCEPTIONS AND GWFC HONORS
CB Nevan Bergan earned Great West Football Conference Defensive Player of
the Week honors on Monday after doubling his career total with a pair of
interceptions during Saturday's game against New Hampshire... Bergan, a
5-foot-11, 170-pound junior from San Diego, picked off his first pass in
the second quarter, returning it 13 yards, and then grabbed another in the
fourth quarter which he took back 25 yards... Bergan also finished with
six total tackles, including four solo... He was part of an Aggie defense
which held the high-powered New Hampshire offense to just three points until
late in the game.
KAYS TIES SCHOOL RECORD WITH BIG SEASON OPENER
WR Tony Kays made the most of his 2005 debut, tying a 14-year-old school
record with 12 catches and marking his career-best in receiving yards with
135... Kays, who had seven snags in the first half, had three catches for
51 yards during the Aggies' final drive which gave them a brief 13-10 lead
with 1:31 to play... His dozen catches tied the record set by WR Josh Weinstock
against Chico State in 1991... Kays' previous best for receptions was six,
which he did four times last year including three of the last four games...
His previous high for yards was 116 at Cal Poly last season, the final 14
yards which came on a TD pass from QB Jon Grant in the waning seconds that
gave the Aggies a dramatic 36-33 win over the No.5 Mustangs.
EVERYWHERE BUT ON THE SCOREBOARD
It' may sound like a cliche but UC Davis beat New Hampshire just about everywhere
but where it counts the most - the score. UC Davis had more first downs
(24-21), rushing yards (124-81), total offense (438-417), sacks (2-1) and
possession time (35:11-24:49)... Additionally, the Aggie defense did a stellar
job against New Hampshire, allowing it to convert just one third-down in
11 tries... However, UC Davis had one more turnover (5-4) and one less conversion
in the red-zone (3-2) which helped the Wildcats pull out the win.
GRANT RETURNS TO SIGNAL-CALLING DUTIES
QB Jon Grant returns to field general duties for the second straight year
after a standout sophomore season that landed him on the All-Great West
Conference first team... Grant had a pair of 300-yard games in 2004, including
a career-bet 393 yards in UC Davis' 36-33 upset at No.5 Cal Poly late in
the season... He capped that effort by finding WR Tony Kays on a 14-yard
TD pass with 13 seconds to help grab the win... Grant finished with 2,512
yards, 17 TDs and had a 142.8 passing rating, which would've ranked him
15th among I-AA QB's... He also had 311 yards at Weber State... Against
New Hampshire on Saturday, Grant picked up his third 300-yard game with
the help of a career-high 26 completions... He has an uncharacteristic seven
interceptions over his last two games dating back to last year, after having
just six career picks prior to that.
REDSHIRT FRESHMEN DOT AGGIES' TWO-DEEP
Head coach Bob Biggs knew his 2004 signing class would make contributions
but those redshirt freshmen are already big cogs in the Aggies' lineup...
Two of them - RG Jonathan Compas and SLB Joshua Edwards - are listed as
starters on the most-recent two-deep while seven other positions have a
total of six redshirt freshmen listed as backups... OL Mario Gonzalez (6-1,
285) is backing up left guard and center and Max Chesmore (6-4, 275) is
doing the same at right tackle... Backup WR Brandon Rice hauled in a one-yard
TD pass from QB Jon Grant with 1:31 left on Saturday as UC Davis took a
13-10 lead... On the defensive side of the ball, LE Thomas Blake, RT John
Faletoese and FS Nero Evero are also key backups.
TOP THREE TACKLERS RETURN FOR UC DAVIS
It's nice to have your top tackler return and maybe even your top two. But
the Aggies welcome back their top three stoppers to help anchor an active
defensive unit... All three were honored by the Great West Football Conference
last year... MLB Dan Elbanna had 84 total tackles and DT Ryan Sharp posted
49 on their way to second-team all-league honors while WLB Ben Reece finished
with 53 and was selected honorable mention... The trio also combined for
7.5 sacks and 30 tackles-for-losses.
YOUTHFUL OFFENSIVE LINE READY TO CONTINUE TREND
You don't average 400 yards off offense (as the Aggies did in 2004) without
a strong line, and you don't do that year after year without some continuity
in the ranks... This season, UC Davis returns just two starters in LG Kyle
Skierski (6-5, 265, Jr.) and RT Elliot Vallejo (6-8, 295, Jr.) but looks
to continue standout play with talented youth... LT Greg Bellasis (6-6,
272, So.), C Timothy Keane (6-4, 280, Jr.) and RG Jonathan Compas (6-3,
265, RFr.) will help form a non-senior offensive line for the Aggies in
2005... UC Davis lost three starters from 2004, including standouts LT Cory
Lekkerkerker and C Marc Manfredda... Lekkerkerker was signed to a free-agent
NFL contract while Manfredda was selected for the East-West Shrine Game.
AGGIES' NONCONFERENCE SCHEDULE IS SECOND-TOUGHEST
No one can accuse UC Davis of ducking behind the cover of an easy schedule...
With nonconference games against a pair of I-AA quarterfinalists from last
year in UNH and Eastern Washington, a road game at Pac-10 member Stanford,
a long trip to Nacogoches, Texas, to face Stephen F. Austin, and games against
Big Sky Conference members Sacramento State and Portland State, it's easy
to see why Matt Dougherty (exec. director of I-AA football for The Sports
Network), ranked UC Davis' the second-toughest nonleague slate in the country...
Two opponents - Portland State and Cal Poly - ranked second and third, respectively...
The toughest? Appalachian State who has I-A games against Kansas and LSU
on their plate.
Among the streaks UC Davis enters the season with: · 35 consecutive
winning seasons (fourth-longest active streak in collegiate football, and
best among non-Div. III programs.) · 35 consecutive non-losing seasons.
· Having scored in 168 straight games... The last shutout was 19-0
vs. Cal Poly in 1990. · Having not had less than 200 yards in total
offense (according to our records) since a 30-12 loss to Nevada in 1969...
That's 389 games.
GREAT WEST FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
Charter members of the GWFC, UC Davis begins its second season of competition
in the six-team league which also consists of Cal Poly, Northern Colorado,
North Dakota State, South Dakota State and Southern Utah... Cal Poly and
Southern Utah are Div. I-AA members while the others are in the process
of reclassifying to I-AA... Cal Poly claimed the inaugural conference championship
with a 4-1 record while UC Davis finished alone in second at 3-2... UC Davis
punt returner Jesse Oliva was tabbed Special Teams Player of the Year...
Aggie returnees honored by the league: QB Jon Grant (first team), DT Ryan
Sharp (second), DE Pila Fatukala (second), MLB Dan Elbanna (second), WR
Tony Kays (honorable mention) and WLB Ben Reece (HM)... The conference affiliation
is the first for UC Davis since the American West Conference (1993) and
the fourth overall (Far Western Conference, 1925-81; Northern California
Athletic Conference, 1982-92).
STANFORD MARKS A RETURN TO DIV. I-A OPPOSITION
When UC Davis faces Stanford on Sept. 17 at Stanford Stadium, it'll mark
the Aggies' first matchup against a Div. I-A team since a 44-14 defeat at
Idaho in 1997... UC Davis trailed just 23-14 with 53 seconds left in the
third quarter of that game but a pair of fourth-quarter turnovers helped
the Vandals pull away... The Aggies last played Stanford in 1932, a 59-0
win for Stanford... UC Davis did face the Stanford reserves four times between
1946 and 1950.
THE OL' SWITCHEROO
Will the real "Ryan Smith" please stand up? How about the real
"Chris Carter"? This season, UC Davis has a pair of each, although
Ryan Smith and Chris Carter are both redshirting. They're also both on the
active roster. Confused? Yeah, me too. Actually, it's true that one of each
pair of names is redshirting but WR Ryan Smith (the senior) - the one on
the active roster - is making things easier by going by his middle name
this season: Blaise (pronounced "Blaze", appropriate for a receiver)...
As for the older Chris Carter, he's a linebacker and has made no mention
of altering his moniker.... yet... This is the first time UC Davis has had
two sets of players with the same name, let alone two pairs.
TE Daniel Fells was named a preseason first-team All-American by The Sports
Network and was third-team pick by I-AA.org.
A LOOK BACK AT 2004
For a while, it looked like UC Davis' run to a 35th consecutive winning
season would be no problem... The Aggies vaulted to a 5-0 record, steadily
climbing the national polls until peaking at No.21 by both major rankings
at the midway point of the season... UC Davis was averaging 45 ppg. and
outscoring opponents by nearly 31 ppg... But narrow losses to Stephen F.
Austin and Southern Utah gave the Aggies their first two-game losing streak
in the same season since 1997... However, a dramatic 36-33 win at No.5 Cal
Poly in the eighth game brought home the winning season before losses to
North Dakota State and Portland State cooled the end of the season.
UC Davis players elect their team captains following the final game of the
previous season and select two from the offense and two from the defense...
The 2005 captains are WR Tony Kays, TE Daniel Fells, DT Ryan Sharp and MLB
Dan Elbanna... Kays is a junior while the others are seniors.
FROM COACH Bob Biggs
On the loss to New Hampshire:
"I thought our defensive effort was just tremendous given the explosiveness
of their offense. It's unfortunate we didn't take advantage of the opportunities
we had. I think that the missed opportunities with the extra points, field
goals and being in the red-zone and not being being able to convert, throwing
the interception, really came back to haunt us. We couldn't expect our defense
to hold their offense down forever and so it's not too unexpected that they
were able to put those two drives together at the end. It's just unfortunate
we just hadn't made plays earlier that came back to haunt us."
On what he learned about UC Davis in its opener:
"(It's) what I knew about this team, that they have tremendous character.
They played their hearts out and deserved to have a chance to win that game,
they really did. Hopefully we can take some positives from this and know
that we can compete with ranked teams and really there's nobody on our schedule,
I don't think, we can't compete with. So, if we just continue to play as
hard as we play and cut down on the mistakes, we have a chance to be in
On last year's game against Portland State:
"Once we settled down and started to play, we played them very even.
We just dug too big a hole for ourselves to dig out of... They've lost some
key people from last year but they seem to be always able to reload."
On the 2005 schedule:
"It's a difficult schedule but it's a measuring stick and
that's what we want. We want to find out what it takes to be one of the
elite or top I-AA teams. I think it helps us in recruiting in terms of what
kind of players we're recruiting. And I think we're playing with a lot of
young players this year so it gives us a chance to build for the future."
STAFF OF EXPERIENCE
UC Davis' success on the football can be traced in a major way to the continuity
of its staff... Five members of the coaching staff have completed 109 "coaching-years"
together, having been together the last 17 seasons... Bob Biggs (27 total
years, 12 as head coach), Fred Arp (39th year), Lou Bronzan (22nd year)
Mike Moroski (18th year) and Greg Chapla (17th year) make up the impressive
group... Oh, and they're all graduates of UC Davis.
TRADITION OF SUCCESS
The Aggies venture into the world of Div. I-AA football having been one
of the most successful Div. II programs... UC Davis finished its Div. II
run in 2002 with seven consecutive playoff appearances, including national
semifinal showings in 200 and 2001... The Aggies finished with a Div. II-record
18 playoff appearances (one ahead of GWFC rival North Dakota State) and
a berth in the 1982 NCAA Championship where UC Davis lost to Southwest Texas
State (34-9)... Additionally, the Aggies set Div. II records for most consecutive
winning seasons and non-losing seasons, both 34... UC Davis extended both
streaks to 35 with a 6-4 record last year, its first playing a Div. I-AA
AGGIES IN THE PROS
Three UC Davis football players began this year, including QB J.T. O'Sullivan
(1998-2001) who was with the Green Bay Packers before being released this
weekend and then quickly signed by the Chicago Bears... Brothers Brad Lekkerkerker
(Oakland Raiders) and Corey Lekkerkerker (San Diego), both offensive tackles,
were also in camps before being released and then resigned to their teams'
practice squads over the weekend... Brad played at UC Davis in 2002-03 while
Corey played 2003-04... Both were undrafted... O'Sullivan was a sixth-round
pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2002... Since 1979, UC Davis has had seven
QB's drafted into the NFL... Additonally, Khari Jones (1991-93) has enjoyed
a long career in the Canadian Football League where he is a former winner
of the league MVP award... He is currently with the Hamilton Tiger Cats...
Mark Grieb (1994-96) has been a standout QB with the San Jose SaberCats
of the Arena Football League and was the 2002 AFL MVP.
DIVISION I RECLASSIFICATION 101
UC Davis is beginning its third year of a four-year reclassification to
NCAA Division I status... Officially, UC Davis (like all other institutions
currently reclassifying) is a Div. II institution until its first active
year of Div. I (for UC Davis, that's in 2007-08)... However, the university
was required to follow all NCAA Div. I rules and regulations, including
those governing scheduling, beginning in 2004-05... Similarly, UC Davis
began counting last year as a Div. I team for its opponents strength-of-schedule
purposes, started to be included in Div. I stats, and has been added to
most media coverage of Div. I athletics, primarily because of its competition...
UC Davis will become official members of the Big West Conference in 2007-08
but has been fully integrated into regular-season scheduling in all its
It started during the last game of the 1949 home season and - if all goes
to plan - will end during the final game of the 2005 season... What is it?
The Aggies' calling Toomey Field home... That's because UC Davis is scheduled
to move into its new multi-use stadium (it'll share it with women's lacrosse)
beginning with the 2006 season... The campus officially broke ground on
the $29.75 million stadium in June and excavation is currently taking place
at the site, located on the northwest side of campus adjacent to the Schaal
Aquatics Center... The stadium is scheduled to open with approximately 10,000
seats and numerous amenities... With weather always a factor in building,
the Aggies will be hoping Mother Nature cooperates on the tight schedule...
A $7.7 million capital campaign to help complete funding for Phase I of
the stadium is currently taking place.
All UC Davis games can also be also be heard free of charge at www.UCDavisAggies.com...
Live stats from all home games can also be accessed through the website
along with complete results, statistics, rosters and other information on
all 26 Aggie sports.