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2005 UC DAVIS FOOTBALL GAME NOTES - Game 5
UC Davis AGGIES (2-2)
South Dakota State JACKRABBITS (2-3)
Saturday, October 8, 2005
11 a.m. (PDT) Sioux Falls, S.D.
Howard Wood Field (10,000) natural grass
KHTK (1140 AM)
www.ucdavisaggies.com (internet stream)
UC Davis returns to action with its Great West Football Conference
opener after taking the first of two byes on the schedule this
past weekend... After starting the season 0-2, the Aggies have
won their past two games, scoring a season-high 37 in the Sept.
24 win against Sacramento State during the Causeway Classic...
UC Davis is not ranked in either top 25 poll but it is the top
team among "others receiving votes" by ESPN/USA Today
and is second in the same category by "The Sports Network"...
In a season that has been done anything but follow a script, the
Aggies are 0-2 at home but 2-0 on the road...South Dakota State
has seen the opposite happen to it after opening the year with
a pair of wins but dropping its last two... Saturday's game will
not be played on the South Dakota State campus, but will instead
be contested approximately 50 miles away at Howard Wood Field
in Sioux Falls... The road game is the third for the Aggie team
this season but the first that requires more than a bus ride...
It is also the second game ever for UC Davis in "The Mount
Rushmore State", joining the Aggies' 30-13 win at South Dakota
State in 1998... The Aggies are beginning a stretch of four consecutive
Great West Conference games before taking a two-game break from
the league slate.
UC Davis holds a 2-1 advantage in the brief all-time series between
the two schools, including a 52-0 season-opening win at Toomey
Field last season... QB Jon Grant threw for 278 yards and four
touchdowns in his first career start, earning Great West Football
Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors... Grant completed
16 of 17 passes in the first half for 201 yards as UC Davis, which
led 24-0 in the first quarter, went up 38-0 at the half... CB
Andy Sullivan helped highlight the defensive effort with a 58-yard
interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter...
The Aggies have won the last two games in the series after losing
17-7 at Toomey Field in the series opener in 1998... The only
other game was a 30-13 victory at South Dakota State in 1998,
the only matchup in Jackrabbits territory.
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 at home games, studio
for road matchups) 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 for all home games... Simulcasts of the KHTK
broadcasts can also be heard live on the internet at www.UCDavisAggies.com.
For the second consecutive season, UC Davis has home games televised
on Comcast SportsNet West... The regional sports network televised
the Sept. 10 game against Portland State and will do so again
when UC Davis hosts Cal Poly on Oct. 29... Jim Kozimor (play-by-play),
Mike Lamb (color) and Scott Marsh (sidelines) called the action
for the 52nd Causeway Classic on Sept. 24.. 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.
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 for home games are $15, general
admission are $10, seniors (55+) are $7, and UC Davis undersgrads
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
UC Davis head coach Bob Biggs (UC Davis '73) owns a 104-40-1 (.721)
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 49-24-0 (.671) on the road, 62-17-1 (.781) against Div.
II teams, and 40-10 (.800) in October... He led UC Davis to eight
NCAA Div. II Playoff berths, including the last seven years of
the program's eligibility in Div. II ... John Stiegelmaier (SDSU
'79) is 50-41 (.549) and in his ninth year leading the South Dakota
State program... He has six winning seasons in his previous eight,
including a 6-5 mark last year... His 1999 squad finished 8-3,
earning him North Central Conference Coach of the Year honors...
Stiegelmaier previously served on the coaching staffs at Northern
Iowa (1980-81), Northern State (1984-86) and Wisconsin (1987-88)
before joining South Dakota State for good as an assistant coach
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE ROUNDUP
Like UC Davis, the Jackrabbits are in the midst of a four-year
transition from NCAA Division II to Division I-AA... South Dakota
is in the second year of its transition... The Jackrabbits return
six starters on offense and eight on defense from last year's
squad which finished 6-5 overall and 2-3 in the Great West Football
Conference... South Dakota State opened the year with a pair of
wins, averaging 55.5 ppg and giving up just 9.5... During its
three-game losing streak, its scored just 9.3 ppg and allowed
24.3, but all three came against teams ranked in the I-AA top
20... South Dakota State is averaging 350.6 ypg of offense, including
199.0 rushing ypg.. RB Cory Koenig (83.8 ypg) and RB Anthony Watson
(77.4 ypg) have been the main threats for the rushing attack which
averages 5.0 yards per attempt... Watson is running at a 7.2 avg
and has 5 TDs while Koenig is at 5.3 and has 4 TDs... QB Andy
Kardoes is throwing for 118.4 ypg and has thrown for two scores...
WR Josh Davis (21-303, 0 TD) and WR Chris Molitor (11-146, 1 TD)
lead the receiving corps... Defensively, South Dakota State is
allowing 322.8 ypg of total offense, just 187.0 through the air
and 135.8 on the ground... The Jackrabbits have been tough on
third down, allowing opponents to be successful just 33 percent
of the time... While they've given up nearly half (45 of 92) of
their total points in the first quarter, they've permitted just
seven points in the fourth quarter all season... DB Hank McCall
leads the team with 34 total tackles and is one of five players
with an interception... DL Hank Goff and DL Jason Nobiling each
have 2.0 sacks... South Dakota has 8 sacks on the year and has
GRANT IS TWO-TIME WINNER OF GWFC OFFENSIVE HONOR
QB Jon Grant earned his second consecutive Great West Football
Conference Offensive Player of the Week accolade on Sept. 26 after
having a hand in all five UC Davis touchdowns against Sacramento
State... Grant completed 21 of 38 passes for 321 yards - his second
300-yard game of the year - with no interceptions while also tossing
3 TDs... Additionally, he ran for a pair of touchdowns (7 yds,
1 yd)... Grant received the honor the week earlier after throwing
for 251 yards against Stanford... He joins WR Tony Kays (Sept.
12) as an Aggie winner of the GWFC offensive award... CB Nevan
Bergan (Sept. 5) won defensive honors earlier after a pair of
an interceptions against New Hampshire.
KAYS REMAINS ATOP NCAA RECEIVING CHARTS
WR Tony Kays is enjoying the best receiving start to a season
in school history... Through four games, he has 47 receptions
for 597 yards, posting at least 115 receiving yards in each game...
His total receptions and 11.75 rec/game are the most in the I-AA
rankings; and his 597 total yards and 149.25 ypg are both second
only to Miles Austin of Monmouth (601 yds, 150.25 ypg)... Only
Greg Jennings of Western Michigan (I-A) has more catches in Div.
I, but his 50 have come over five games... No other player in
the I-AA rankings is averaging more than 8.5 rec/game... Kays
is on pace for 129.25 receptions this season, which would more
than double the regular-season record of 55 set by SE Charley
Enos in 2000 and 2001 while crushing the overall mark of 75 set
by Michael Oliva in 2001... He needs 9 catches to break Enos'
regular-season record... Additionally, his school-record 15 catches
against Portland State and 182 yards against Sacramento State
are both second-best for a I-AA game this year... Kays' two games
with at l50 yards makes him the ninth Aggie to reach 150 twice...
John Shoemaker (1996-99) had a school-record five... Kays also
needs just one catch and 63 yards (48 for 660) to tie his career
totals coming into this season.
A RUSH TO JUDGEMENT: SDSU GROUND VS. AGGIE DEFENSE
Something has to give this weekend when the Jackrabbits' rushing
attack faces off against the UC Davis rush defense... South Dakota
State is averaging 199.0 rushing ypg., 27th-best in the I-AA rankings
and more than any Aggie opponent this year... The UC Davis defense,
meanwhile, is allowing just 71.8 ypg on the ground, No.6 in I-AA...
The Jackrabbits are averaging 5.0 yds/attempt while the Aggies
are allowing just 2.5 yds... No opponent has rushed for more than
100 yards against UC Davis so far this season... South Dakota
State has rushed for 10 TDs; the Aggies have allowed just three...
At 264.75 ypg., the Aggie defense is 12th in I-AA.
UC DAVIS EFFICIENT ON THIRD DOWN
The Aggies continue to make strong showings on third downs...
They're making .487 (38 of 78) of their tries, up to 13th-best
in I-AA... Conversely, the Aggies are holding opponents to just
.250 on third down (13 of 42) which is a good explanation while
the Aggies hold a distinct advantage in time of possession (33:38-25:51)...
Opponents are 1 for 4 on fourth-down tries, while UC Davis is
4 of 8.
FROM COACH Bob Biggs
On the win at Sacramento State:
"I think the most pleasing thing was coming off the big game
at Stanford it was nice to see that we could really concentrate
and focus on another opponent and not get too wrapped up in what
had happened the previous week. I thought we executed very well
on both sides of the ball."
On the bye week:
"There are just a lot of guys that are beat up. We've had
four physical games and so last week we just focused on trying
to get back to fundamentals and trying to help people heal. I'm
pleased with the fact that we were able to get that done and give
some guys some time off."
On the upcoming matchup with South Dakota State:
"They're a very well-coached football team and they play
extremely hard. We know that last year was just one of those games
where seemingly everything we called was at the right time...
They're a good football team. I don't expect it'll be a game like
it was last year."
On the UC Davis defense through the first four games:
"They've been very effective against the run and against
the pass. I think (it's) the things we talked about early in the
season, just about our team speed on defense... I'm very, very
pleased with the way they're playing... Given the four opponents
that we have played, I think it's probably as good a defensive
group and performance in four games - given the level of play
that they've been playing - that I've seen around here."
On the play of WR Tony Kays:
"I know people think we are purposely trying to get the ball
to him but that's just not the case. The offense just comes his
way and Jon's making his reads and Tony's getting open on plays
where Jon's making his reads. But Tony is making the most of his
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."
The victory against Stanford is the biggest in school history...
To that end, it should be noted just how strong a game the Aggies
on Sept. 17... A few notes about the matchup:
· UCD outgained Stanford, 361-192, nearly doubling the
· UCD had more plays (90-51), possession time (35:43-24:17),
first downs (20-12), rushing yards (110-74), passing yards (251-118)
and red-zone chances (3-1).
· Trailing, 17-14 in the fourth quarter, the Aggies had
three drives inside the Cardinal 25-yard line... The first two
resulted in missed field goals (41, 32 yds) while the remaining
resulted with the game-winning touchdown.
· The Aggies allowed Stanford just 97 yards in the second
· Stanford averaged just 2.1 yards per rushing attempt.
A few more notes:
· The 31,250 attendance was the largest crowd that UC Davis
has every played in front of.
· It was the Aggies' first win over a Div. I-A program
since 1986 (Pacific, 45-41) and the first game against an I-A
team since 1997 (Idaho).
* The game was just the second meeting ever between Stanford and
UC Davis in football... The Cardinal won 59-0 in 1932.
REDSHIRT FRESHMEN MAKING A NAME FOR THEMSELVES
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 against New Hampshire as UC Davis
took a late 13-10 lead... On the defensive side of the ball, LE
Thomas Blake, RT John Faletoese and FS Nero Evero are also key
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, the Sept. 17th 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 171 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
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).
IT'S LIKE DE JA VU ALL OVER AGAIN
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)...
Of course, after catching the game-winning touchdown pass against
Stanford, he's made a name for himself another way as well...
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 players with the same name, let alone
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.
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
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 schedule.
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
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 member sports.