Oct. 11, 2011
UC Davis (1-4)
Saturday, October 15, 2011
2 p.m. • Davis, Calif.
Aggie Stadium (10,849)
KHTK (1140 AM)
- UC Davis starts the season with a 1-4 record for the first time since the 2008 season when they had four road games in their first five matchups.
- The Aggies were on the wrong end of an upset in their most recent matchup, falling to Division II member Humboldt State 23-17 at Aggie Stadium. Last week’s loss is the first defeat by the hands of a Division II opponent since UC Davis lost to Western Washington in 2007. The meeting with Western Washington was the Aggies’ first game as a full-fledged member of Division I and also served as the first-ever game in Aggie Stadium.
- UC Davis has played just one other Division II opponent since reclassifying to Division I. The Aggies downed Western Oregon in 2009 with a 29-13 win.
- The Aggies are ranked first in the nation among FCS schools for toughest schedule when sorted by past opposition’s records. Aggie opponents have combined for a 23-5 overall record; Arizona State (5-1), Montana State (5-1), San Diego (5-1), Hawai’i (3-2) and Humboldt State (5-0).
- UC Davis plays its final nonconference game on Saturday before beginning Great West play next week at South Dakota.
- The Aggies are a combined 8-3 in the Great West over the past three seasons after winning the conference title in 2009. After Saturday, UC Davis will be the only Great West team yet to play a conference game this season. Cal Poly and UC Davis are the only Great West member schools to play all four league games consecutively.
- Tom Hemmingsen exploded for 10 catches, 141 yards and two touchdowns against Humboldt State, registering career highs in each category. Hemmingsen lead UC Davis in scoring with 30 points on the season after five touchdowns.
- Randy Wright completed 26 of 50 passes for 287 passing yards to go along with two touchdowns against the Lumberjacks. He also threw an interception, just his second of the season. Wright had a season high 50-yard pass to Hemmingsen for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
- Redshirt freshman Colton Silveria continued to get the majority of the touches on the ground, rushing for 55 yards on 13 carries. Silveria leads the team in total rush yards but has yet to see the endzone this season.
- Junior linebacker Reece Ludwig had his best performance as an Aggie last week, tallying 2.5 tackles for losses in addition to six total tackles.
- Junior punter Colton Schmidt continues to rank among the nation’s best, averaging 43.4 yards per punt, good enough for 11th in the nation.
- UC Davis is second in the GWC in passing offense with 243.2 yards per contest.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. UTSA
Today marks the first all-time meeting between the two schools. The Roadrunners are a start-up program, playing their inaugural season this year.
BRIEF UTSA SCOUTING REPORT
- The Roadrunners are participating in their inaugural season as a football team in 2011. UTSA had a full season of practice without games in 2010 before competing as an independent FCS Division I member this year.
- UTSA begins competition in the Western Athletic Conference starting in 2012. The Aggies were originally scheduled to play at UTSA next season but the game has recently been dropped.
- The Roadrunners are playing their home games at the Alamadome. They had 56,743 fans in attendance at the first game in program history this season.
- In their most recent contest, the Roadrunners lost a 30-27, double overtime game to South Alabama at home in front of 32,886 fans at the Alamodome. After leading 17-10 at halftime, UTSA did not score in the second half before the two overtime sessions. South Alabama won in double overtime on a 25-yard touchdown run by Demetre Baker.
- Sophomore QB ERIC SOZA, a transfer from Texas State, has thrown eight TD passes this season and averaged 211.7 passing yards per game. Soza also leads the team with 226 total yards rushing.
- KAM JONES has a team best 22 catches for 364 receiving yards to go along with two touchdowns.
Place kicker SEAN IANNO leads the squad in scoring, converting on 7 of 11 FG attempts and a perfect 19-19 in PATs.
- Bob Biggs (UC Davis `73) is in his 19th season at the helm of the Aggies and his 33rd with the program overall.
- He owns a 137-75-1 (.646) overall record and is 61-50-0 (.549) against NCAA Div. I teams... Biggs is also 55-21 (.724) in the month of October and went 2-2 last season. Biggs is 61-49 (.554) on the road, after a 4-2 mark away from home last year.
- Biggs is the second-winningest coach in the history of the UC Davis program, trailing only Jim Sochor whose 156-41-5 record between 1970-88 led to his enshrinement into the College Football Hall of Fame.
- Six of Biggs’ QB’s have gone on to play professional football, including QB J.T. O’Sullivan (1998-2001) and former San Jose SaberCats (AFL) starter Mark Grieb (1994-96)... Others include Khari Jones (1991-93) who had a standout career in the Canadian Football League and Kevin Daft (1995-98) who was a reserve on the Tennessee Titans when they went to the Super Bowl XXXIV... Daft is now an assistant coach with the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL. This year, Jon Compas was signed by the New England Patriots and Dean Rogers was picked up by the San Diego Chargers.
- Larry Coker (Northeastern State ‘70) is 2-4 (.333) in his first year with the program and 62-19 (.765) overall as a head coach.
- Before UTSA named Coker its first head coach, he spent two seasons as a college football analyst for ESPN.
Prior to that, Coker arguably was one of the nation’s top head coaches from 2001-06 at the University of Miami (Fla.).
- He posted a 60-15 record (.800 winning percentage) in his six seasons, including wins in his first 24 games (first coach since Walter Camp in 1888-89 to do so), and led the Hurricanes to the 2001 National Championship in his first season, becoming just the second coach in NCAA history to do so and the first in 53 years.
HUMBOLDT STATE REVIEW
The Aggies were tripped up by former Division II rival Humboldt State, dropping a 23-17 contest at home.
Despite 365 yards of total offense, UC Davis struggled to put points on the board after four sacks, an interception and a missed field goal.
The Lumberjacks entered the game undefeated with a No. 24 ranking in the Division II coaches poll.
HEMMINGSEN’S NEAR HEROICS
Sophomore wide receiver Tom Hemmingsen tried to lift the Aggies to victory against Humboldt State with career highs in catches (10), yards (141) and touchdowns (2).
Hemmingsen gave UC Davis life late in the fourth quarter with a 50-yard touchdown reception. The Aggies were held scoreless for nearly 28 minutes up until the score.
The 50-yard reception was the longest offensive play of the season for UC Davis.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
Last week, UC Davis was ranked No. 3 in toughest schedule, sorted by past opposition’s records.
The Aggies bumped up to No. 1 this week after facing a 5-0 Humboldt State team.
In addition to playing a nationally ranked Division II team, UC Davis has gone up against two FBS teams and a top-5 FCS team.
UC Davis has gone 1-3 in the month of September in each of the last four seasons, playing six FBS opponents during that time.
Despite the increased level of competition during the first month of the season, the Aggies have historically bounced back in the month of October.
UC Davis is 55-21 (.724) under coach Biggs in games played during October.
After starting in a hole early in the season, the Aggies have finished with winning records in 2010 and 2009.
UC Davis has also had win streaks of three games or more in each of the last three seasons (2008-10).
SAN DIEGO REVIEW
The Aggies used a strong second half to gain some distance en route to a 31-3 win over San Diego in the home opener.
After leading 7-0 at the end of the first half, UC Davis and QB Randy Wright rattled off 14 unanswered points in the second quarter, followed by 10 more in the fourth. Wright had three touchdown passes, two of which were to Tom Hemmingsen.
The Aggies also had four interceptions in the game and held USD to 255 yards of total offense.
UC Davis has had a significant edge in the turnover battle this season, ranking 4th nationally after week three in turnover margin (2.00). The Aggies were also ranked tied for 1st in the nation with six interceptions on the season.
On the other side of the coin, UC Davis went over three games without throwing an interception.
Last season, Wright had a 3-game stretch against Weber St., San Jose St. and South Dakota, with no interceptions.
UC Davis aired it out in the first win of the season against San Diego. After the Toreros committed to stopping the run game, QB Randy Wright threw for 252 yards in the second half alone.
Scoring the first touchdown of the second half, the Aggies had a 12-play, 67-yard drive using 10 pass plays. Wright was 6 of 10 on the drive en route to the touchdown.
The next scoring drive, UC Davis had all passing plays, with Wright going 5 of 7 for 74 yards and a touchdown.
UC Davis had 10,129 fans in attendance at the home opener against San Diego, marking the largest crowd in home openers at Aggie Stadium. Listed below are the games in Aggie Stadium history with 10,000 plus in attendance.
t1. Cal Poly, 11/6/09 10,849
t1. Southern Utah, 10/11/08 10,849
3. Cal Poly, 10/13/07 10,743
4. South Dakota, 10/9/10 10,352
4. Sacramento State, 11/8/08 10,317
5. Winston-Salem State, 10/17/09 10,289
6. San Diego, 9/17/11 10,219
7. Western Oregon, 9/25/09 10,078
† - NCAA Playoff game
MONTANA STATE REVIEW
The Aggies continued their competitive nonconference schedule, playing a top FCS opponent at No. 4 Montana State. After scoring in the first drive of the game and going up 7-0, the Bobcats took a 28-7 halftime advantage.
Despite touchdown receptions to Tom Hemmingsen and Corey Galindo, Montana State held on for a 38-14 win.
UC Davis is launching a promotional campaign titled “Research This.”
Aggie athletics will release a UC Davis football trivia question each week for fans to research at ucdavisaggies.com.
Trivia questions will initially be presented at home football games on the video board and fans can give their answers on the official UC Davis Facebook fan page.
The winners of each week’s contest will receive a sideline pass to the next home game at Aggie Stadium.
For more information visit ucdavisaggies.com
VALLEY OF THE SUN
UC Davis was playing in some hot conditions at Arizona State, with the high for the day climbing to 112 degrees. By kickoff at 7:15 p.m., the temperature had dropped down to 104 degrees. The game ended at 10:11 p.m. and the temperature had just got to under triple digits at 99 degrees.
DIMINO’S DOUBLE DIGIT DEBUT
Redshirt freshman linebacker Ryan Dimino was the Aggies’ top tackler at Arizona State, registering 11 tackles and 10 solo stops. Sacramento area fans are not surprised by Dimino’s performance in his first collegiate game. Dimino was named the All-Metro Player of the Year by the Sacramento Bee in 2009 as a quarterback. He rushed for 2,702 yards and passed for 2,089 yards that season and tallied 47 total touchdowns. Playing both ways, Dimino also ranked second on the team with 60 tackles. He also earned Old Spice California Player of the Year, Capital Athletic League MVP and first-team Cal-Hi Sports honors in 2009.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
After three Great West Special Teams Player of the Week honors in 2010, junior punter Colton Schmidt picked up where he left off, earning a POW nod in the first week of the 2011 season. Schmidt was put to work early and often with nine punts for 411 yards at Arizona State. He had an average of 45.7 yards per punt with a long of 64 yards with two punts being downed inside the 20-yard line. Schmidt also executed on a 58-yard punt from within his own end zone late in the third quarter.
KELLEY CAREER RECORDS WATCH
Senior K Sean Kelley has 216 career points, needing 58 to eclipse Eddie Loretto (1987-88) for Aggie career scoring record. With 36 field goals made, he needs 12 to surpass Loretto for that school benchmark. (Note: Loretto held the NCAA Division II scoring record (among kickers) for a time). Kelley has connected on 106-for-109 PATs, and is the sixth Aggie to crack the century mark for extra points made.
UC Davis has not backed down from some tough competition against both FCS and FBS foes in recent years. The Aggies will stick with a similar model from last season, playing one Pac-12 opponents and one WAC opponent, both of whom compete at the FBS level. On slate for this season are Arizona State and Hawai’i. In 2010 UC Davis downed WAC member San Jose State 14-13 on the road.
In addition to historically relevant programs, the Aggies will take on some historic coaches in 2011. Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson and UTSA head coach Larry Coker have both won FBS National Championships with Miami (Fla.).
SEASON OF FIRSTS
UC Davis will have a season of firsts in many regards. Game one at Arizona State was the first Thursday game in program history. The Aggies also played at Hawai’i with a 9 p.m. start time (Pacific), making it the latest start time in the 93-year history for UC Davis football.
UC Davis owns an all-time record of 485-364-33 (.571) as it plays its 93nd season of football... The Aggies started playing in 1915 and have played continuously except for 1918, and 1943-45.
A total of 15 head coaches, beginning with R.E. Harmon (1915-16) have directed the Aggies’ program with College Football Hall of Fame Inductee Jim Sochor (1969-88) winning a program-best 156 games.
GREAT WEST FINALE
UC Davis looks to leave the Great West in style this season by capturing its second conference title in three years.
Next year the Aggies will depart for the Big Sky Conference, along with Great West members Cal Poly, Southern Utah and North Dakota. While the Big Sky expands to 13 teams in 2012, the Great West will play its final year of football in 2011.
The Aggies, one of three original members of the Great West Conference still competing in the league, are in their eighth year in the conference, capturing titles in 2005 and 2009.
UC Davis is 18-12 (.600) all-time in the GWC, having also finished second in 2004 and 2008 in addition to its two titles.
The Aggies are no strangers to conference success, having won outright or shared 20 consecutive titles from 1971-1990 in the Far Western Conference and Northern California Athletic Conference.
UC Davis also tied for the title in its only year of membership in the American West Conference (1993).
UC Davis has now won or shared 30 all-time league titles... Its first came in 1929 when it went 5-0 in the Far Western Conference.