Big Sky slate begins at Weber State

Sept. 21, 2017



Game 4

-/RV UC Davis Aggies (2-1)
at
18/23 Weber State Wildcats (2-1)

Saturday, Sept. 23 - 4 p.m. PT/5 p.m. MT
Stewart Stadium (17,500) - Ogden, Utah

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DAVIS, Calif. - For the second season in a row, UC Davis will face Weber State in its Big Sky Conference opener. Kickoff from Stewart Stadium is set for 4 p.m. PT/5 p.m. MT.

In addition to being each team's first league game, and the highlight of the Wildcats' Homecoming Weekend, Saturday's matchup is the first of three straight against teams that competed in last year's NCAA FCS postseason. Once the Aggies return to Davis Saturday night, back-to-back home games will take place at North Dakota and Eastern Washington on Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 respectively.

QUICK HITS
 Saturday’s game will feature the Big Sky’s top scoring defenses; Weber State is allowing a league-low 19.0 points per game, while UC Davis’ 19.7 ppg is the second-lowest average
 The Aggies will enter Stewart Stadium as the league’s No. 1  pass offense, averaging 314.3 yards per game, and face a Wildcat pass defense also ranked No. 1, allowing 151.3 ypg
 UC Davis holds top-10 FCS national rankings in Passing Efficiency (No. 6/176.18) and Passing Offense (No. 7/314.2 ypg); Weber State holds rankings in 3rd Down Conversion Pct. (3/.592) and Scoring Offense (10/42.3 ppg)
 This is the second Big Sky opener between the Aggies and Wildcats in as many seasons

SERIES HISTORY
 UC Davis trails the all-time series, 3-2, and has won one of three games played in Ogden
 The Aggies won two of the first three meetings, but dropped the last two
 The last head-to-head meeting took place last season on Sept. 24 when a last-second field goal allowed the Wildcats to depart Davis with a 38-35 win
Saturday’s matchup is the third between UC Davis and Weber State in as many seasons

WITNESS THE PROGRAM'S #AGSCENSION FIRSTHAND
 Mini plans, premium game tickets, tailgate passes and single-game tickets are available for purchase online at UCDavisAggies.com, 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

KICKOFF STREET PARTY
 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

UC DAVIS COACHES SHOW
 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
 Various locations in Davis will host this event, visit UCDavisAggies.com to discover where the Coaches Show will take place each week

TRUE UNIVERSITY AMBASSADORS
Excelling on the field and in the classroom, UC Davis student-athletes compete in 23 intercollegiate sports (14 women’s and nine men’s) and are enrolled in 93 different undergraduate majors offered by the University, and hold an average GPA of 3.0 - higher than the campus average)
• Eight UC Davis athletic teams posted the highest NCAA Graduation Success Rates in their respective conferences, while four programs were honored with Public Recognition Awards by the NCAA after their Academic Progress Rate stood among the top 10 percent of their respective sports
Ranked No. 6 among all public schools in the nation, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 undergraduate majors across four colleges and six professional schools, including the world’s top-ranked veterinary science and agriculture programs
UC Davis student-athletes and coaches found ways to give back to the community, honored by the University’s Community Service Resource Center for their part in contributing more than 100,000 hours to helping those in need through various projects

SCOUTING WEBER STATE
As is the case with UC Davis, Weber State is 2-1 on the season after topping Sacramento State on the road last weekend by a 31-24 score
This is Weber State’s Homecoming Weekend
Earlier this year, the Wildcats defeated Montana Western at home in their season opener, 76-0
After falling at Cal the following week (33-20), WSU rebounded by beating the Aggies’ cross-Causeway rival
Weber State will enter its homecoming game with two national rankings: No. 18 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 23 in the STATS FCS poll
UC Davis was WSU’s homecoming opponent during the 2010 season, a game that doubled as the first head-to-head victory for WSU
This is the second straight season that UC Davis and Weber State opened their respective Big Sky schedules against one another

JOIN COACH HAWKINS AT THE UC DAVIS COACHES SHOW
 UC Davis football fans are invited to become part of a new tradition every Wednesday when during the hour-long UC Davis Coaches Show, featuring Dan Hawkins
 Head Football Coach Dan Hawkins will break down his team’s previous game and offer commentary on the Aggies’ upcoming contest each Wednesday from 7-8 p.m.
 Scott Marsh and Doug Kelly will take turns hosting this brand new event, which will stream live on UC Davis Athletics’ Facebook page
 Visit UCDavisAggies.com to see where the UC Davis Coaches Show will take place each week throughout the season

UC DAVIS’ IRONMAN
When the Aggies take the field against San Diego this weekend, Fred Arp will witness, in person, his 447th 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

IRON SHARPENS IRON
 UC Davis’ victory over San Diego took place against the second of six 2016 postseason opponents on the Aggies’ schedule this year
 Other opponents include San Diego State, Weber State (this weekend’s opponent, North Dakota, Eastern Washington and Cal Poly

GEARING UP FOR THIS YEAR’S GAUNTLET
 Based on this year’s preseason polls, the Aggies have one of the most difficult schedules, among all Big Sky schools, this season
 On this year’s slate are games against all four of last season’s league playoff teams in Weber State, North Dakota, Eastern Washington and Cal Poly
 Rankings, from toughest to easiest schedule, provided by Bill Lamberty, Montana State Media Relations
Big Sky teams not played this season are in parenthesis
1. Portland State (Northern Colorado, Sacramento State, Southern Utah, UC Davis)
2. UC Davis (Montana, Montana State, Northern Colorado, Portland State)
3. Southern Utah (Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, Portland State)
4. Montana State (Cal Poly, Sacramento State, Southern Utah, UC Davis)
5. Sacramento State (Montana, Montana State, Portland State, Southern Utah)
6. Montana (Cal Poly, Sacramento State, Southern Utah, UC Davis)
7. Northern Colorado (Eastern Washington, Portland State, UC Davis, Weber State)
8. Weber State (Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, North Dakota, Sacramento State)
9. Eastern Washington (Cal Poly, Idaho State, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado)
T10. Idaho State (Eastern Washington, Northern Arizona, North Dakota, Southern Utah)
T10. North Dakota (Cal Poly, Idaho State, Northern Arizona, Weber State)
12. Northern Arizona (Eastern Washington, Idaho State, North Dakota, Weber State)

OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
 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

UC DAVIS’ #AGSCENSION CONTINUES
 The Dan Hawkins era officially kicked-off on Sept. 2 when UC Davis visited San Diego State for its 2017 season opener
 Coach Hawkins is the 17th head coach in the program’s history
 On Sept. 9, in the Aggies’ 2017 home opener, Hawkins collected his first victory as the team’s head coach

TOP TEN TALENT
 This weekend’s Big Sky opener will feature a UC Davis team that is ranked within the top 10 among all FCS programs in the nation
 The Aggies are ranked No. 6 in passing efficiency (176.18) and No. 7 in passing offense (314.3)
 Jake Maier’s name is found in four categories: Passing Yards (No. 4/943). Passing Efficiency (No. 5/178.1), Passing Yards/Game (No. 6/314.3) and Total Offense (326.7 ypg)
 Keelan Doss is No. 3 among all FCS players with 347 receiving yards and No. 6 in
receiving yards per game (115.7)
 Of the 11 top-10 individual totals held by Big Sky players, UC Davis is responsible for more than half (6)
 The Aggies hold two of the Big Sky’s six top-10 team totals
 Weber State also holds two: 3rd Down Conversion Pct. (No. 3/.592) and Scoring Offense (No. 10, 42.3)

TWO BLOCKED PUNTS LEADS TO PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR FOR PARENTEAU
 Entering the Aggies’ game at Portland State, junior DB Ryan Parenteau had zero blocked punts to his credit
 That quickly changed because he blocked two kicks that afternoon, plays that resulted in 14 Aggie points
 Combined with his team-high eight tackles and six solo stops, the Anthem, Ariz. native earned Big Sky weekly honors for the first time in his career when league officials selected him as its Special Teams Player of the Week
 After blocking his first punt of the day, Darryl Graham scooped up the ball and sprinted nine yards into the end zone
 Parenteau’s second blocked kick paid off six plays later when the Aggies extended their lead to a 23-7 margin with another TD, scored just before the end of the fourth quarter
 Parenteau is the first UC Davis player to block two punts during the program’s Big Sky era

IT’S BEEN A WHILE
 Parenteau’s block in the first quarter, which led to Graham’s touchdown on the same play, is the first special teams TD of this type since Oct. 11, 2008, when Brock Butler blocked a kick against Southern Utah that was recovered, and led to six points scored by Danny Hart
 The Aggies last blocked a punt on Sept. 29, 2012, when Ryan Dimino got his hands on a kick vs. Weber State

OPPOSING TEAMS BETTER KEEP AN EYE ON HIM
Entering next week’s game at Weber State, Junior defensive back Vincent White leads all Big Sky players with five breakups — a single-game career-high four took place in Portland — and all Aggies with 18 total tackles, 14 solo tackles and 5 PBUs
 The Lynwood native, who is majoring in psychology, turned in a career-best performance last when UC Davis snapped its five-game slide vs. Portland State (9/16) with a 37-14 win
Midway through the fourth quarter, White forced his first fumble as an Aggie, which led to another Aggie touchdown
Of White’s six tackles recorded against the Vikings, a single-game career high five were solo stops
White’s 14 unassisted tackles recorded throughout the Aggies’ first three games, match a single-season career high

WHY WAIT?
 In his second game as an Aggie, Jake Maier threw for 369 yards against (RV/RV) San Diego, the third-highest total recorded in the program’s Big Sky era, and the
second-highest vs. Division I opponents
 Maier did not wait long to record another 300-plus yard effort since he threw for 316 the very next week at (RV/RV) Portland State
 With that performance at Portland State, Maier became the first Aggie quarterback to throw for 300 or more yards, in consecutive games, against Division I teams