UC Davis hosts Battle for the Golden Horseshoe

Oct. 25, 2017

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Game 8 - Battle for the Golden Horseshoe

Cal Poly Mustangs (0-7, 0-4 Big Sky)
UC Davis Aggies (3-4, 1-3 Big Sky)

Saturday, Oct. 28 - 4 p.m.
Aggie Stadium (10,849) - Davis, Calif.

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Game Notes: UC Davis  |  Cal Poly  |  Big Sky

- Family Four Packs, sponsored by UC Davis Children's Hospital, are available for purchase until Friday night (Oct. 27) at 10 p.m. PT. Included are four Family Zone tickets and a UC Davis blanket. Football fans who take advantage of this order can pick up their blankets at the UC Davis Children's Hospital Table, located inside Aggie Stadium near the Northeast Gate (main entrance, near the stadium's ticket office).
- The Jr. Aggie Halloween parade will take place at halftime. Kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costume, but not required to participate. While Cal Poly and UC Davis' bands are performing, kids will have an opportunity to trick-or-treat on the field.
- Cal Poly's marching band, Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh! and its alumni will perform at halftime

DAVIS, Calif. - Highlighting UC Davis' Homecoming Weekend is this year's Battle for the Golden Horseshoe. a Big Sky rivalry matchup featuring UC Davis and Cal Poly. For this occasion, records truly mean nothing because a victory will serve as a main highlight of the season for each squad.

A win in their penultimate home game of the year will give the Aggies momentum heading down the stretch of its 2017 schedule, especially with three (including Saturday's matchup) of the their final four games of the season taking place locally. After facing the Mustangs, UC Davis will head to Idaho State before ending the season at home vs. Southern Utah and at Sacramento State.

Cal Poly will look snap their longest losing streak in 50 years when it visits Aggie Stadium this weekend. 

This truly is a rivalry, and one that has been evenly played since its inception. Of the 42 head-to-head contests, each team has 20 victories to its credit, with two games ending in a tie. In addition to claiming the Golden Horseshoe trophy — and not the original one, if you ask some UC Davis alums or believe some of the stories that are circulating within the Aggies' fan base — a UC Davis victory will prevent Cal Poly from winning its third consecutive head-to-head matchup.

The Aggies last won the trophy in 2014, and have not captured it in front of their home fans since 2011.

 Saturday’s game is the first time this season that the Aggies will not face an opponent that is ranked, or receiving votes, in either the NCAA Coaches or national media polls
Cal Poly is riding the school’s longest losing streak in over 50 years
The Aggies last won the Battle for the Golden Horseshoe during the 2014 season
UC Davis will honor its 34th Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame throughout Saturday’s game; this year’s induction class includes: Dylan Curtis, Heidi Kucera, Paige Mintun Emm, Austin Graham and Bob Bullis
• This year’s honoree for the Aggie Legacy Award is mixed martial arts legend Urijah Faber; Tom Compton will receive the Special Recognition Award

This has truly been an evenly-played rivalry with each team winning 20 of 42 head-to-head games
Contests played in 1988 and 1992 ended in a tie; both games took place in Davis

 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

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

• The Aggies posted an NCAA Academic Progress Rate of 981, the highest among all Big Sky football programs for the fifth consecutive year
• The distinction earned them an APR Award from the FCS Athletics Directors Association for the fifth year in a row as well
• UC Davis has increased its APR each year during this impressive run and owns the second-longest active streak of APR Awards (Bryant University has won six straight)
• The APR measures student-athlete retention and eligibility and helps provide a real-time mark of classroom performance

 UC Davis football fans are invited to become part of a new tradition every Wednesday when during the 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
 KSAC 105.5 FM will also provide a live radio broadcast each week
 Visit UCDavisAggies.com to see where the UC Davis Coaches Show will take place each week throughout the season

Thanks to a breakout season that includes top NCAA FCS and Big Sky Conference figures, junior wide receiver Keelan Doss’ name is now on the prestigious Walter Payton Award watch list, a honor presented to the FCS offensive player of the year
A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will vote on 25 finalists following the regular season
Past winners of the Walter Payton Award, which was first handed out in 1987, include Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, John Friesz, Brian Finneran, Jimmy Garoppolo and Cooper Kupp — players that continued their career in the NFL

Even though Cal Poly has not won a game this season, and will enter Aggie Stadium with a 0-7 overall
and 0-3 Big Sky record, prepare for another exciting Battle for the Golden Horseshoe this weekend
This has truly been an evenly-played rivalry with each team winning 20 of 42 head-to-head games
Contests played in 1988 and 1992 both ended in a tie; both of those games took place in Davis
Since UC Davis joined the Big Sky Conference in 2012, it has only won one Golden Horseshoe battle

10/22/16: A, L, 21-16
11/14/15: H, L, 55-38
11/15/14: A, W, 48-35
11/2/13: H, L. 34-16
9/22/12: A, L, 28-20
11/5/11: H, W, 24-17
11/13/10: A, W, 22-21
11/6/09: H, W, 23-10
11/15/08: A, L, 51-28
10/13/07: H, L, 63-28
10/7/06: A, L, 23-17
10/29/05: H, W, 20-13
10/30/04: A, W, 36-33
11/8/03: H, L, 18-14
10/26/02: A, W, 28-14
10/20/01: H, L, 31-28
10/21/00: A, W, 63-28
10/23/99: H, W, 31-24
10/3/98: A, W, 34-24
9/6/97: H, L, 20-19
11/2/96: A, L, 17-13
11/11/95: H , W, 34-31
10/15/94: A, L, 32-31
9/11/93: H, W, 37-26
10/10/92: H, T, 31-31
9/14/91: A, W, 31-28
10/6/90: H, L, 19-0
10/28/89: A, L, 28-21
10/29/88: H, T, 21-21
10/3/87: A, L, 41-0
9/20/86: H, W, 32-21
9/28/85: A, W, 34-21
9/29/84: H, W, 10-6
10/8/83: A, W, 24-14
10/9/82: H, W, 24-0
10/17/81: A, L, 30-0
9/28/80: H, L, 28-25
9/29/79: A, L, 31-10
11/11/78: H, W, 29-22
11/20/76: A, L, 26-14
11/16/40: A, L, 20-7
11/4/39: H, W, 28-0

Cal Poly is riding the school’s longest losing streak in over 50 years
Last week, Weber State held Cal Poly to 106 rushing yards, the lowest total since 2009
Senior fullback Joe Protheroe headlined another strong group of ball carriers in Cal Poly’s Spread Triple Option, but likely is sidelined the rest of the 2017 season with an injury
This year’s results are a stark contrast compared to last season when the Mustangs earned their fourth FCS playoff berth in the last 12 seasons after finishing with a 7-5 record, tied for fourth place alongside Southern Utah
Jared Mohamed leads CP’s rushing attack, and is third in the Big Sky averaging 4.2 yards per carry
Also ranked third in tackles is Mason Montgomery, who is averaging 10.3 per game
R.J. Mazolewski (No. 21, 7.1 tpg), Jayson Lee (No. 29, 6.7) B.J. Nard (No. 32, 6.3) and Kitu Humphrey (No. 43, 5.4) all hold top-50 averages among all league players

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 his weekend, Fred Arp will witness, in person, his 451th 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 and Cal Poly
 Cal Poly is the first Aggie opponent of the season that is not ranked, or receiving votes, in either the NCAA Coaches or national medial polls

 During the third quarter of the Aggies’ Oct. 21 game at Northern Arizona, junior running back Namane Modise took a kickoff return from one end zone to another, recording the first-ever 100-yard TD return in the team’s Big Sky era
The late John Nedderman is the only other Aggie player to return a kickoff 100-plus yards for a TD, when he accomplished the feat in 1948 -  the year that “Dewey Defeats Truman”

 By finishing with 106 receiving yards, Keelan Doss crossed that threshold for the sixth time this season and fourth game in a row
 Perhaps this is why the junior wide receiver leads all FCS players with 976 receiving yards, 139.4 receiving yards per game and 9.4 receptions per game

 When UC Davis landed in Flagstaff for its Nov. 21 league tilt against Northern Arizona, two Aggie assistant coaches returned to a familiar environment
 Current UC Davis offensive coordinator Tim Plough and defensive backs coach Cha’pelle Brown each coached at NAU last year before joining head coach Dan Hawkins’ staff during the offseason
 Plough was a former QB and assistant coach at UC Davis from 2008-13 before joining the ‘Jacks as their wide receivers coach in ‘13
 In his third season in Flagstaff, Plough was promoted to offensive coordinator
 While at NAU, Brown started as the team’s cornerbacks coach before he was elevated to the team’s defensive secondary coach

 The Aggies’ trip to Flagstaff also served as a homecoming for four student-athletes who hail from Arizona
 Junior defensive back Ryan Parenteau grew up in Anthem, and his family currently lives just over a 30 minute drive outside of Flagstaff in Williams
 Parenteau’s dad makes that commute to Flagstaff every day since he works in Flagstaff
 Both of sophomore linebacker Brandon Jamison’s parents graduated from NAU
 Jamison hails from Scottsdale
 Redshirt freshman tight end Christian Skeptaris and freshman running back Tehran Thomas previously lived in Scottsdale and Goodyear, respectively