Aggies host North Dakota in Big Sky home opener

Sept. 28, 2017

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Game 5

(RV/RV) North Dakota Fighting Hawks (1-3, 0-1 Big Sky)
UC Davis Aggies (2-2, 0-1 Big Sky)

Saturday, Sept. 30 - 6 p.m.
Aggie Stadium (10,849) - Davis, Calif.

TV: Eleven Sports - Bill Doleman (PBP), Darius Walker (Analyst), Bobby Hayden (Producer)
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Radio: KHTK 1140 AM - Scott Marsh (PBP), Doug Kelly (Analyst)
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Game Notes: UC Davis  |  North Dakota  |  Big Sky

- Running of the First Years: The first 2,000 first-year students who line up outside Aggie Stadium's tunnel, starting at 5 p.m., will have an opportunity to take the field in this annual tradition
- UC Davis Spirit Squad Youth Clinic and Halftime Performance: Open to individuals ages 5-13, click here to reserve a spot at this one-day event
- Teacher Appreciation Day: Two free tickets are available to all educators by clicking and entering the code "AggieEducation"
- 530 Area Code Special: The promo code "GoAgs530" will allow all County employees that work in the 530 area code to purchase tickets for $5.30
- UC Davis faculty and staff can take advantage of a 2-for-1 ticket offer by entering the code "ThankYouStaff"
- Free Aggie Pack t-shirts to the first 2,000 first-year students, with additional t-shirts distributed at the Student Entrance

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DAVIS, Calif. - After spending the last two weeks on the road, UC Davis will return home for its next two games, starting with Saturday's league tilt vs. North Dakota. Prior to kickoff, the first 2,000 first-year students who line up outside Aggie Stadium's tunnel, starting at 5 p.m., will participate in the Running of the First Years, an annual football tradition.

 Saturday's game against last year's co-Big Sky champion is the Aggies' fourth matchup against a 2016 NCAA postseason opponent this season
 This is UC Davis' second appearance on Eleven Sports this year; the network broadcasted its victory at Portland State two weeks ago
 The Aggies possess the seventh-ranked passing offense in the country, averaging 325.8 yards per game

 UC Davis leads the all-time series, 4-3, and won three of the four games played in Davis
 These teams split the two previously played Big Sky games, each winning at home
The Aggies first faced the Fighting Hawks (then known as the Fighting Sioux) on Dec. 1, 2001, in the Division II National Semifinals
• Even though North Dakota won that inaugural contest, UC Davis won four of the following six matchups

 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
 Various locations in Davis will host this event, visit to discover where the Coaches Show will take place each week

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 by the Wall Street Journal, 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

UC Davis will face  North Dakota for the eighth time in program history this weekend
The Aggies first faced the Fighting Hawks (then known as the Fighting Sioux) on Dec. 1, 2001, in the Division II National Semifinals
Even though North Dakota won that inaugural matchup, UC Davis responded by winning four of the following six matchups
When both teams competed as members of the Great West Conference, UC Davis won three of four head-to-head games
The Aggies and Fighting Hawks split their two previously played Big Sky Conference games, with each recording a victory on their home turf
UC Davis leads the all-time series, 4-3
Of the four games played in Davis, the Aggies won three of those contests

9/26/15 A L 31-24*
11/16/13 H W 34-18*
11/12/11 H L 14-7^
11/6/10 A W 35-16^
11/14/09 H W 28-20^
10/25/08 H W 34-21^
12/1/01 A L 14-2~

* - Big Sky Game
^ - Great West Game
~ - Division II National Semifinals

After suffering consecutive losses at South Dakota (45-7) and at home vs. Montana State (49-21), North Dakota dropped out of the top 25 in the NCAA Coaches and STATS FCS national polls when the latest listings were released earlier this week
The Fighting Hawks are receiving votes in both polls
This could mark the last head-to-head meeting for a while since UND is leaving the Big Sky Conference at the end of the 2016-17 season
North Dakota will play a Big Sky schedule as an independent for the 2018 and `19 seasons, and will not be eligible for the league's FCS automatic postseason bid
The football team will join the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2020
UND's other athletics programs will compete in the Summit League starting next fall, with the exception of its men's hockey program (National Collegiate Hockey Conference)
Idaho football will replace UND as the Big Sky's 13th team when it returns to the league next season
Back to North Dakota... the Fighting Hawks are experiencing a situation UC Davis football fans are familiar with (especially during the preceding seasons): injuries wreaking havoc with the team's roster
Junior defensive back Deion Harris and redshirt freshman defensive back Andre Randolph are out for the season
Senior wide receiver Josh Seibel, junior wide receiver Luke Stanley, junior offensive lineman Demon Taylor and sophomore linebacker Donnell Rodger are expected to miss this weekend's game
Another six are questionable: senior offensive lineman Mat Cox, senior fullback Kyle Norberg,  senior defensive back Cole Reyes, junior offensive lineman A.J. Stockwell, sophomore cornerback Evan Holm and redshirt freshman linebacker Cam Hunt
UND's loss to Montana State ended an 11-game win streak against Big Sky opponents and a seven-game home win streak
North Dakota ended the 2016 season as Big Sky co-champions (alongside Eastern Washington, the Aggies' next opponent) after finishing league play with an 8-0 record
This helped the Fighting Hawks earn their first Division I postseason berth and a No. 7 national seed in the FCS Playoffs

On Sept. 26, UC Davis football visited the International Center to distribute 2017 schedule posters, translated to Arabic, German, Indonesian, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish, to the school's international scholars
In addition to distributing multilingual schedule posters, student-athletes also took the time to explain the sport of football to their new peers through drills, activities, one-on-one and group conversations
Head Coach Dan Hawkins -- who coached teams in 13  different countries before returning to his alma mater -- his program, UC Davis Global Affairs and Services for International Students and Scholars organized this event
View posters in all six languages at:

When the Aggies take the field against San Diego this weekend, Fred Arp will witness, in person, his 448th 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

 UC Davis' first victory of the year, earned at home vs. 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, North Dakota (this weekend's opponent), Eastern Washington and Cal Poly

 Which is why the Aggies are ranked No. 7 in passing offense, among all FCS teams in the nation, at 325.8 yards per game

 UC Davis sophomore quarterback is not only one of the Big Sky's best quarterbacks, but one of the nation's as well since he holds top-10 stats in three individual NCAA FCS categories
 Maier is ranked No. 7 in Passing Yards per Game (317.5), No. 6 in Total Passing Yards (1,270) and No. 9 in Total Offense (315.5 ypg)

 Maier is not the only Aggie who holds some of the best numbers in the nation since junior wide receiver Keelan Doss also holds top-10 individual marks
 Doss' 115.8 receiving yards per game average is the sixth-highest in the nation
 Majoring in organization studies, he is the only Big Sky wide receiver ranked within the top 10 in total receiving yards; Doss' 463 yards is the fifth-highest in the country

 Thanks to the Aggies' special teams play, three players are ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the nation in their respective categories
 Senior linebacker Ryan Bua has two fumble recoveries to his credit this season (the first of his career), and is ranked No. 1 among all FCS players
 When UC Davis visited Portland State on Sept. 16, senior defensive back Darryl Graham returned a punt for a touchdown; that play is the reason why he is  No. 1 in the nation in Punt Return TDs
 By blocking two punts in that same game against the Vikings, junior defensive back Ryan Parenteau is ranked No. 2 nationally in this category

 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)

 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

However, it comes very easy for junior defensive back Vincent White
 White is responsible for half of the Aggies' 10 pass breakups
 UC Davis' game at Portland State (9/16) is when White made a name for himself by recording four PBUs -- the first of his career

 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
 The following week, the economics major became the first Aggie QB in the program's Big Sky era to throw for 300 yards in three consecutive games
 Of the 11 300-yard games earned by Aggie quarterbacks since UC Davis became a Big Sky program in 2012, Maier is responsible for four

 One week after his 181-yard effort at San Diego State (9/2) in UC Davis' season opener, junior wide receiver Keelan Doss recorded another 100-yard game vs. San Diego
 That home opener vs. the Toreros marked the fifth 100-yard game of his career
 In that game against San Diego, Doss posted a 75-yard touchdown haul -- the longest of his career and longest recorded by an Aggie since the program joined the Big Sky in 2012
 Doss posted the third 100-yard game of the season when he finished with 116 yards, on 11 receptions, at Weber State (9/23)

 For the second year in a row, Doss has three 100-yard games to his credit in a single season
 The organizational studies major is one of three players to accomplish this feat throughout the program's Big Sky era
 The other two are Chris Martin (2015) and Ramon Vargas (2014)

 The single-season record for receiving yards is 1,365, set in 2011 by Michael Oliva
 Charley Enos recorded 100 receiving yards or more in eight games throughout the 2000 season, and has the program record for most career 100-yard games at 14
 J.T. O'Sullivan threw for 3,826 yards throughout the 2001 season
 O'Sullivan threw for 300 or more yards in seven straight games during the 2000 season
 Greg Denham threw for 300 or more yards in five straight games in 2008

 An All-Big Sky honoree last year as a redshirt freshman, sophomore Nas Anesi leads UC Davis' defense with 24 total tackles
 In addition to his team-high 14 assisted tackles, Anesi is one of five Aggies with double-digit solo tackles
 The other four are Keleen Culberson (team-high 15 solo), Vincent White (14), Ryan Parenteau (13) and Ryan Bua (12)

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.

The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation, according to the Wall Street Journal, offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.

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