Aggies seek third straight win vs. Idaho State

Nov. 1, 2017



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Game 9

UC Davis Aggies (4-4, 2-3 Big Sky)
at
Idaho State Bengals (4-5, 2-4 Big Sky)

Saturday, Nov. 4 - 1:30 p.m. (PT)
Holt Arena (12,000) - Pocatello, Idaho

Online Stream
Pluto TV Channel: 243 (Download the app from iTunes App Store or Appstore for Android)
Radio: KSAC 105.5 FM - Scott Marsh (PBP), Doug Kelly (Analyst)
***Please note that this week's broadcast will take place on a different station***
Audio - UC Davis' TuneIn Channel
Live Stats
In-game Twitter Updates

Game Tickets  


Game Notes: UC Davis  |  Idaho State  |  Big Sky


DAVIS, Calif. - A rare trip to Pocatello, Idaho, is in store for UC Davis this Saturday as the Aggies will head to Idaho State for their last true road trip of the season. The last road contest for the team will take place on Nov. 18 at Sacramento State; taking place between these games is its Nov. 11 home finale vs. Southern Utah.

A victory this weekend will help UC Davis climb the conference standings and bring the team one step closer to posting its first winning record since joining the Big Sky Conference. 

In addition to Pluto TV's video stream, in addition to a stream that is available on WatchBigSky.com, an audio broadcast of this weekend's Aggies-Bengals matchup is available on TuneIn Radio, by searching the phrase UC Davis Sports Network, and KSAC 105.5 FM. 


QUICK HITS
 Thanks to last weekend’s victory vs. Cal Poly, UC Davis is now the Big Sky’s top passing offense, and ranked No. 2 among all FCS teams by averaging 346.9 yards per game
 With regards to total offense, UC Davis and Idaho State are ranked Nos. 3 and 4
respectively, among all Big Sky teams, with their 465.1 and 463.3 ypg averages
 This game will feature two of the league’s top tacklers in senior linebacker Ryan Bua, who is No. 8 averaging 9.6 tpg during league play, and ISU’s Mario Jenkins (No. 11, 9.2 tpg)

SERIES HISTORY
This is the third head-to-head game between the Aggies and Bengals, and the first to take place in Pocatello since Oct. 13, 2012 — UC Davis’ first season in the Big Sky
UC Davis leads the series 2-0

WITNESS THE PROGRAM'S #AGSCENSION FIRSTHAND
 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

KICKOFF STREET PARTY
 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

JOIN COACH HAWKINS AT THE UC DAVIS COACHES SHOW
 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

TRUE UNIVERSITY AMBASSADORS
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 DEFINITION OF A STUDENT-ATHLETE
• 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

DOSS ADDED TO PRESTIGIOUS WALTER PAYTON AWARD WATCH LIST
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

UC DAVIS VS. IDAHO STATE
Saturday’s game is the third head-to-head meeting between the Aggies and Bengals, with both taking place during UC Davis’ inaugural years as a Big Sky school

9/28/13: H, W, 30-13
10/13/12: A, W, 52-45

This is the final home game of the season for an Idaho State squad that is off next week, and will end its season at Weber State on Nov. 18
During last week’s game at Montana State, the Bengals notched their sixth scoring drive of 90 or more yards this year
ISU’s marquee victory of the season took place during non-conference play when it defeated Nevada, 30-28, on the Wolf Pack’s home turf
As is the case with Dan Hawkins at UC Davis, Rob Phenicie is in the middle of his first season as ISU’s head coach
Junior running back James Madison leads all Bengal rushers with his 103.9 yards per game average, and has found the end zone on five occasions
Even though he averages nearly 33 yards less per game than Madison (71.0), sophomore RB Ty Flanagan is responsible for nine of the team’s 17 rushing touchdowns
Junior QB Tanner Gueller has thrown 21 touchdowns and amassed 2,486 yards throughout ISU’s nine games
Tanner’s brother, Mitch, has a team-high eight TDs and averages 117.3 receiving yards per game, another team high
The Gueller’s are one of six pairs of siblings on this year’s Bengal roster; others include: kickers Zak and Parker Johnson, wide receivers Chris Reynolds Jr. and Tracey Reynolds, wide receiver Hagen Graves and linebacker Kody Graves, defensive lineman JonRhyeem Peoples and offensive lineman Tristan Cano, linebacker Kennon Smith and wide receiver Isaiah Brimmer

FOOTBALL UNITES US ALL
Earlier this season, 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

UC DAVIS’ IRONMAN
When the Aggies take the field his weekend, Fred Arp will witness, in person, his 452nd consecutive UC Davis 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

YOU ARE WITNESSING THE PROGRAM’S #AGSCENSION
 UC Davis will enter Saturday’s game with four wins, matching its total against Division I competition from the last two seasons combined
 During the 2014 and 15 seasons, the Aggies finished with matching 2-9 records; in 2016, they finished with a 3-8 overall mark
 With another victory, UC Davis will have three league triumphs to its credit for the first time since the 2013 season when all five of its wins took place against Big Sky teams
 UC Davis’ five victories, collected throughout the 2013 season, are the most in the program’s Big Sky era
 If the Aggies defeat Southern Utah in next week’s home finale, they will post four home wins in a season for the first time as a Big Sky member, and the first since the 2009 season when football competed in the Great West Conference

A PACKED STADIUM WITNESSED THE PROGRAM’s #AGSCENSION
 A crowd of 10,503 packed Aggie Stadium to witness UC Davis’ Battle for the Golden Horseshoe victory on Oct. 28
 This is the fourth-highest attendance in the facility’s history, and the largest crowd since Sept. 17, 2011, when 10,129 fans watched the Aggies defeat San Diego
 Two of the top three totals are sellouts, which took place vs. Cal Poly (11/6/09) and Southern Utah (10/13/07)
 The third-highest crowd took place on Oct. 13, 2007, also against Cal Poly
 Aggie Stadium’s first-ever game took place on Sept. 1, 2007, vs. Western Washington

MAIER COLLECTS ROOT SPORTS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
 By throwing four touchdowns and finishing with a career-high 459 passing yards, sophomore quarterback Jake Maier earned ROOT Sports Offensive Player of the Week, when Big Sky officials announced their Week Nine selections
 His four TDs match a career high; his former career high of 419 yards took place when UC Davis hosted North Dakota on Sept. 30
 Maier recorded his sixth game of 300 or more passing yards when the Mustangs visited Davis that night
 His 459 passing yards are a new Big Sky era record, and stand third on the all-time list behind Kevin Daft’s 495 yards against Southern Utah in 1998 and Daft’s 482 yards at New Haven in 1997 NCAA semifinals
 Maier is the third Aggie to receive ROOT Sports Player of the Week honors this year
 Keelan Doss (offensive) and Ryan Parenteau (special teams) are the other two UC Davis players

YOU COULDN’T STOP BUA, OR EVEN CONTAIN HIM THAT NIGHT
 No Cal Poly player was able to prevent senior linebacker Ryan Bua from recording 16 tackles, setting a new Division I program record in the process
 Bua’s previous career high did not last long because it took place in the Aggies’ previous home game vs. Eastern Washington (10/7) when he finished with 11 tackles

FEELING GRAND
 By finishing with 145 yards vs. Cal Poly, junior wide receiver Keelan Doss became the eighth Aggie to record 1,000 receiving yards in a single season
 Doss is the first to accomplish this feat since Tony Kays finished the 2005 season with 1,213 yards
 Doss needs just 245 more yards to set a new single-season record, which is currently held by Michael Oliva (2001 season, 1,365 yards)

UC DAVIS' DYNAMIC DUO
 Sophomore quarterback Jake Maier and junior wide receiver Keelan Doss collectively hold top 10 FCS marks in 10 categories
 Maier is ranked No. 2 in completion percentage (.706), No. 4 in passing yards (2,675) and passing yards per game (334.4), No. 5 in completions per game (26.38), No. 7 in total offense (333.3) and No. 10 in passing efficiency (161.3)
 Doss leads the nation in receiving yards (1,121), receiving yards per game (140.1), receptions per game (10.0) and is No. 7 in all-purpose yards (143.25)

TOP 10 TEAM
 The Aggies are ranked No. 2 in passing offense (346.9), No. 3 in completion percentage (.691), No. 5 in blocked punts (2), No. 8 in team passing efficiency (160.32) and No. 9 in total offense (465.1)

BETTER BUY AN ERASER, JUST IN CASE
 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
 Doss will enter Saturday’s game with 80 receptions, and needs another 14 to become the Aggies’ all-time leader in this category
 J.T. O’Sullivan threw for 3,826 yards throughout the 2001 season
 O’Sullivan threw for 300 or more yards in seven games during the 2000 season
 Greg Denham threw for 300 or more yards in five straight games in 2008, matching Maier’s effort this season
 Maier also has a shot to set a new single-season completions record, currently held by Greg Denham (296 in 2008); he enters Saturday's game at Idaho State with 211

NO EASY WEEKENDS THIS SEASON
 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
 Idaho State is the second Aggie opponent of the season that is not ranked, or receiving votes, in either the NCAA Coaches or national medial polls

OPPONENTS DO NOT WANT MORE MOORE
The 2017 season is quickly becoming a breakout year for sophomore Aaron Moore
The Altadena native doubled his touchdown total for the season by finishing with two against Cal Poly
He also finished with the fourth-highest receiving yards total by any Week Nine FCS Player, trailing only Kortez Weeks (Elon, 205 yds.), Alex Wesley (Northern Colorado, 193) and Jacen Murphy (North Carolina Central, 189)

PERMANENT MEMBER OF THE CENTURY CLUB
 By finishing with 145 receiving yards against Cal Poly, Keelan Doss recorded his seventh 100-yard game of the season and fifth in a row
 Perhaps this is why the junior wide receiver leads all FCS players with 1,121 receiving yards, 140.1 receiving yards per game and 10.0 receptions per game

THE GOLDEN HORSESHOE TROPHY RETURNS HOME
 The Aggies’ victory over Cal Poly is the first since 2011 and second since joining the Big Sky conference
 UC Davis’ other win took place in San Luis Obispo during the 2014 season

PICK YOUR POISON
 For the first time since Oct. 13, 2007, when the Aggies hosted Cal Poly, two UC Davis players finished with 100 or more receiving yards in the same game when Aaron Moore and Keelan Doss ended with 159 and 145 yards respectively
 The last wide receiver duo to accomplish this feat included Brandon Rice and his 140 yards, combined with Bakari Grant’s 118

FORMER COLLEAGUES REUNITE DURING RIVALRY GAME
 UC Davis head coach Dan Hawkins and Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh, one former coaching colleagues at Sonoma State, reunited when their respective teams squared off in this season’s Battle for the Golden Horseshoe
 During the 1992 season, Walsh, the head coach for SSU, hired Hawkins from the College of the Siskiyous as his offensive coordinator
 Hawkins headed to Willamette and became its head coach the following season after Sonoma State officials began talks regarding the elimination of the program, which ultimately took place following the 1996 season

ADVANTAGE AGGIES
Thanks to this year’s victory, UC Davis snapped a true tie in its all-time series against Cal Poly
Of the (now) 43 head-to-head games, the Aggies lead 21-20, with two games finishing in a tie
Both of those tied games took place in Davis during the 1988 and ‘92 seasons

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO
Unless you are junior defensive back Vincent White
 White is responsible for 10 of the Aggies’ 27 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

PARENTEAU IS CO-HOSTING THIS BLOCK PARTY
 Junior defensive back Ryan Parenteau and Northern Colorado’s Marshaun Cameron each lead the Big Sky with two blocked kicks