UC Davis hosts No. 10 Eagles in key Big Sky showdown

Oct. 5, 2017

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Game 6

No. 10/10 Eastern Washington Eagles (3-2, 2-0 Big Sky)
UC Davis Aggies (3-2, 1-1 Big Sky)

Saturday, Oct. 7 - 6 p.m.
Aggie Stadium (10,849) - Davis, Calif.

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Game Notes: UC Davis  |  Eastern Washington  |  Big Sky

- Eighth-annual UC Davis Brewfest will take place prior to Saturday's game from 3-5:30 p.m.
- Brewfest Package - $45: Includes a free 5 oz. mug, unlimited tastings, a Brewfest ticket and a football game ticket
- VIP Package - $60: Includes a free 8 oz. mug, t-shirt, special entrance, unlimited tastings and a West Side football ticket
- Fans also have an opportunity to purchase a West Side Reserved mini-plan, for the Aggies' final three home games, at $49 per seat.

DAVIS, Calif. - A challenging portion of UC Davis' home schedule, featuring back-to-back games against last year's Big Sky co-champions began last weekend with an attention-grabbing 48-24 blowout victory vs. North Dakota. This Saturday, an Eastern Washington team ranked No. 10 in this week's NCAA Coaches and Stats FCS media poll will visit Aggie Stadium in the league's featured matchup of the weekend.

With a win, the Aggies will preserve their undefeated home record this season and enter its upcoming bye week with positive results against two of the top programs in the nation. 

Saturday's league tilt will feature a UC Davis team ranked No. 1 in the conference in pass defense and No. 2 in scoring defense, squaring off against an Eagles roster ranked No. 1 in pass offense and total offense.

This game will also feature Jake Maier and EWU's Gage Gubrud, two of the top quarterbacks in the nation. In addition to each possessing a handful of top 10 NCAA statistics, Maier and Gubrud are also ranked No. 1 and 2 in total offense and passing yards per game.

 Saturday's game against last year's co-Big Sky champion is the Aggies' fifth matchup against a 2016 NCAA postseason opponent this year
 Both teams racked up 651 yards of total offense last week 
 UC Davis, ranked No. 1 with its pass defense (181.0 ypg) and No. 2 in scoring defense (24.8 ppg) among all Big Sky teams, will face the league's No. 1 pass offense (343.6 ypg) and total offense (469.4 ypg)
 UC Davis' junior wide receiver Keelan Doss leads all FCS players in total receiving yards (662), and leads the Big Sky in receiving yards per game (132.4) and receptions per game (8.2)
 UC Davis' eighth-annual Brewfest, featuring more than 30 vendors will also take place Saturday afternoon
 A separate ticket is needed to enjoy this year's Brewfest, and is available for purchase by clicking here

 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

 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, or listen on KSAC 105.5 FM 
 Various locations in Davis will host this event, visit UCDavisAggies.com 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 host Eastern Washington for the second time in the program's history this Saturday -- the first since the 2014 season
The Aggies have dropped all five head-to-head games vs. the Eagles

10/1/16 - A, L, 63-30
9/27/14 - H, L, 37-14
11/10/12 - A, L, 31-28
9/15/07 - A, L, 41-31
11/19/05 - A, L, 24-7

Any conversation pertaining to Eastern Washington, last year's co-Big Sky champions, starts with junior quarterback Gage Gubrud
With Gubrud, the Big Sky's Offensive Player of the Week the last three weeks leading the way, the Eagles rank No. 3 in the FCS in passing offense (358.4 yards per game) and No. 7 in total offense (469.4)
Gubrud ranks No 2, among all FCS quarterbacks, in points responsible per game, No. 3 in total offense (368.0), No. 4 in passing yards (347.2), No. 6 in TD passes (13)
In last week's home game, EWU cruised past Sacramento State, 52-31, to push its Big Sky record to 2-0
The Eagles are 3-2 overall; after falling to Texas Tech and North Dakota State in the first two games of the season, the Eagles defeated Fordham, Montana (their Big Sky opener) and Sacramento State
During the team's three-game win streak, Gubrud is averaging 465.0 ypg, completed 69 percent of his passes, thrown for 12 TDs, rushed for another three and caught one
By finishing with 447 passing yards (on 35 completions) vs. the Hornets, Gubrud posted 399 yards or more for the third game in a row

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: http://bit.ly/InternationalPosters

When the Aggies take the field against San Diego this weekend, Fred Arp will witness, in person, his 449th 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, Eastern Washington (this weekend's opponent) and Cal Poly

 If last week's numbers, posted by UC Davis and Eastern Washington vs. their respective opponents, are any indication
 Both UC Davis and Eastern Washington finished their games against North Dakota and Sacramento State with 651 yards of total offense
 That total marks the third time EWU surpassed the 600-yard mark this season
 The Aggies' total is a Division I record, and represents the highest total by the program since racking up 658 against New Mexico Highlands back in September of 2001

By recording 415 passing yards and throwing four touchdowns, both career highs, to lead UC Davis past North Dakota in a 48-24 rout over last year's co-Big Sky champion, College Football Performance Awards selected the La Habra, Calif., native as its National Performer of the Week, for the week ending on Oct. 2
This is the second time this season the CFPA honored Maier; he earned National Honorable Mention (week ending on Sept. 19) after leading the Aggies past Portland State

 Jake Maier's 415 yards in the win over North Dakota ties him for No. 6 in school history (matching J.T. O'Sullivan) for the most passing yards in a game
 This also marks Maier's fourth straight 300-yard passing game
 Only Greg Denham has a longer streak; he ended the 2008 season with five straight games

 With 199 receiving yards against the Fighting Hawks, Keelan Doss came just one tick shy of becoming the  first-ever Aggie to record two 200-yard receiving games
 Doss' career high was the 207-yard output in last year's Causeway Classic
 Doss' performance vs. North Dakota now ranks No. 6 on the school's single-game receiving yards list, just behind Mike Bellotti (204 vs. Humboldt State, 1972)

 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 five individual NCAA FCS categories
 Maier is ranked No. 3 in completion percentage (.718), No. 4 in passing yards (1685), No. 5 in passing yards per game (337.0), No. 7 in total offense (333.4 ypg) and No. 9 in passing TDs (12)

 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 leads all FCS players in total receiving yards (662), ranks No. 3 in receiving yards per game (132.4) and No. 4 in receptions per game (8.2)
 Doss' receiving yards and receptions per game figures are Big Sky highs

 By allowing 181.0 yards per game, UC Davis' pass defense is ranked No. 1 among all Big Sky teams
 That unit will face a stern test in Eastern Washington, a team that leads the league with its pass offense (358.4) and total offense (484.6)

 However, the Eagles defense will face a UC Davis offense that is ranked No. 2 in pass offense (343.6) and total offense (469.4) among all Big Sky squads

 UC Davis is ranked No. 2 in the league in scoring defense, allowing 24.8 points per game compared to an EWU defense ranked No. 12 by allowing 37.8 points

 Thanks to the Aggies' special teams play, two players are ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the nation in their respective categories
 Senior linebacker Ryan Bua has three 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

 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

 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
 Maier continued to shine when the Aggies returned home to face North Dakota last year's co-Big Sky Conference champions
 That night, he set a new Big Sky-era record by throwing for 415 yards
 Of the 12 300-yard games earned by Aggie quarterbacks since UC Davis became a Big Sky program in 2012, Maier is responsible one-third of those totals

 For the first time in the program's Big Sky era, Keelan Doss recorded four games of 100 or more receiving yards when he hauled in 199 vs. North Dakota
 Before that game against the Fighting Hawks, the organizational studies major was one of three players to post three 100-yard games in a single season
 The other two are Chris Martin (2015) and Ramon Vargas (2014)

Unless you are junior defensive back Vincent White
 White is responsible for nearly half (7) of the Aggies' 15 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

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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