Aggies Return Home To Host Rival Cal Poly

Junior punter Colton Schmidt ranks 6th nationally this week with 43.47 yards per punt
 
Junior punter Colton Schmidt ranks 6th nationally this week with 43.47 yards per punt
 

Nov. 2, 2011

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GAME 9

Cal Poly (5-3, 3-0)
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UC Davis (2-6, 0-2)

Saturday, November 5, 2011
2 p.m. PT • Davis, Calif.
Aggie Stadium (10,849)
KHTK (1140 AM)


OPENING KICKOFF
- UC Davis is in uncharted territory this season after more than four decades of predominantly winning seasons.  
- The last time the Aggies had a 2-6 record in the first eight games of the season was during the 1969 season, one year prior to the start of their record 37 straight winning seasons.
- Prior to this season, UC Davis has had just 18 seasons with six losses or more in 92 years of football. Since the 1970 season, the Aggies have had just two seasons with six losses or more.
- UC Davis has yet to win a game on the road in 2011, registering an 0-5 mark.
- The last time the Aggies were winless in away games was in 2008 when they dropped all six road contests but finished 5-1 at home.
- Despite the struggles on the road, UC Davis boasts a 2-1 mark at Aggie Stadium, with wins over San Diego and UTSA.
- The Aggies end the season with a favorable part of the schedule, including two home games against Great West Conference opponents and a trip to Sacramento State for the Causeway Classic.
- Next year the Aggies will depart for the Big Sky Conference, along with Great West members Cal Poly, Southern Utah and North Dakota.  
- K Sean Kelley provided the only points of the game for the Aggies, converting a career-long 54-yard field goal in the fourth quarter at Southern Utah.  
- Defensively, SS Patrick Shelton had a game-high 13 tackles for the Aggies in addition to a pass breakup. LB Steven Pitts came off the bench to collect nine solo tackles and a 10-yard sack.
- Redshirt freshman RB Austin Edmonson led the Aggies on offense with 26 rushing yards on eight carries and four catches for 28 yards.  
- QB Randy Wright completed 14 of 23 passing attempts for 150 yards.  
- P Colton Schmidt had one of his better games of the season, tallying six punts for 268 yards and an average of 44.7 yards per punt. He also had a long of 55 yards and pinned the Thunderbirds inside the 20 three times.
- Despite recording eight turnovers in the last two games, UC Davis is still ranked T-9th in the nation in fewest interceptions throws. QB Randy Wright has allowed just four picks this season.    
- The Aggie defense has turned in solid efforts in the last two games, considering the amount of plays they have been on the field. At Southern Utah, UC Davis had just 45 offensive plays compared to 75 plays for SUU.

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. CAL POLY    
UC Davis leads the all-time series 18-16-2. Last season, the Aggies pulled of a dramatic come-from-behind victory on the road, downing the Mustangs 22-21. UC Davis has taken the “Battle for the Golden Horseshoe” in each of the last two seasons, adding a 23-10 win in the 2009 season.  

BRIEF CAL POLY SCOUTING REPORT    
- After starting the season 1-3 the Mustangs have strung together four wins, including three consecutive Great West Conference victories.   
- Cal Poly has earned at least a share of the GWC title and can clinch a championship with a win today.
- The Mustangs are receiving votes in both the FCS Coaches top 25 poll and The Sports Network top 25. Unofficially, Cal Poly is ranked No. 26 in each poll.
- The Mustangs lead the nation in fewest interceptions thrown, as the only FCS team yet to throw a pick on the season. Cal Poly is also ranked 8th nationally in rushing offense.
- FB JAKE ROMANELLI has 731 rushing yards on the season, averaging 91.4 yards per game. He also has 116 receiving yards to go along with eight combined TDs.
- QB ANDRE BROADOUS leads the Mustang offense with 109.2 passing yards and 67.1 rushing yards per game. He has recorded 13 rushing touchdowns and six passing touchdowns for the season, ranking 4th nationally in scoring per game (9.75).
- As a team, Cal Poly rushes for 249.8 yards per game.
L- inebacker JOHNNY MILLARD leads the team with 68 tackles for the season, including 6.5 tackles for losses and two pass breakups.  

HEAD COACHES    
- Bob Biggs (UC Davis `73) is in his 19th season at the helm of the Aggies and his 34th with the program overall.
- He owns a 138-77-1 (.642) overall record and is 62-52-0 (.544) against NCAA Div. I teams... Biggs is also 43-18 (.705) in the month of November. Biggs is 61-51 (.545) 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.

- Tim Walsh (UC Riverside ‘77) is 16-14 (.533) in his third year with the program and 133-95 (.583) overall as a head coach.  
- Prior to Cal Poly, Walsh was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the United States Military Academy for two seasons.
- Walsh has been a head coach for over 20 years, including four years at Sonoma State (27-14 from 1989-92) and 14 more seasons at Portland State (90-68 from 1993-2006).
- He guided Sonoma State to the NCAC title in 1991, ending UC Davis’ streak of 20 consecutive conference titles).   

SOUTHERN UTAH REVIEW    
- The Aggies continued to struggle on the road and dropped their second consecutive Great West matchup in a 34-3 loss at Southern Utah last week.
- UC Davis was held to just nine first downs on offense and finished with 193 yards of total offense.
- The Aggies had two fumbles in the second half that led to Thunderbird touchdowns  

SHELTON SHINES AS SENIOR    
- Senior strong safety Patrick Shelton has battled through injuries in his five-year career at UC Davis before earning a starting role his senior season.
- Shelton had his best game as an Aggie against Southern Utah, exploding for a career high and game-high 13 tackles, including nine solo stops.
- Shelton added one pass break up against the Thunderbirds.
- For the season he is tied for second on the team with 41 total tackles.

MIRACLE GAME ANNIVERSARY    
- UC Davis will recognize members from the 1971 football team this weekend as part of the 40-year anniversary of the “Miracle Game” win over Cal State Hayward.
- In one of the most memorable games in Aggie football history, UC Davis came back from a 15-point deficit with just 44 second remaining in the game. Current head coach Bob Biggs led the rally, as the Aggies took a 30-29 win over Cal State Hayward.
- Below you can see a brief play-by-play from the last 44 seconds.
- Also, check out the Aggie Gameday Program on Saturday for a special feature story revisiting the “Miracle Game.”

MIRACLE GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY    
SCORE: CAL ST. HAYWARD 29, UC DAVIS 14

0:44  30-yard punt return by Steve Nathan
0:44  1-10-H42: Bob Biggs 16 pass to Mike Everly
0:36  1-10-H26: Bob Biggs incomplete pass to Tay Thompson
0:32  2-10-H26: Bob Biggs incomplete pass to Tay Thompson
0:28  3-10-H26: Bob Biggs 24 pass to Mike Bellotti, First down
0:20  1-G-H2: George Mock 2 run, TOUCHDOWN.

SCORE: CAL ST. HAYWARD 29, UC DAVIS 20

Two-point conversion: Bob Biggs complete to Rick Fortner.

SCORE: CAL ST. HAYWARD 29, UC DAVIS 22
                
Onside kickoff attempt: recovered by UC Davis’ John Miller
0:15  1-10-H44: Bob Biggs incomplete pass to Mike Everly.
0:09  2-10-H44: Bob Biggs 15 pass to Tay Thompson
0:04  1-10-H29: Bob Biggs 29 pass to Mike Bellotti (slant pattern). TOUCHDOWN

SCORE: CAL ST. HAYWARD 29, UC DAVIS 28

Two-point conversion: illegal procedure called against UC Davis.

Two-point conversion: illegal procedure called against UC Davis.

Two-point conversion: Bob Biggs complete to Mike Everly.

** UC DAVIS 30, CAL ST. HAYWARD 29 **

EDMONSON EMERGES    
Redshirt freshman running back Austin Edmonson had a break-out game at South Dakota, rushing for a team-high and career high 80 yards on 14 carries.
Edmonson has quietly climbed the depth chart this season before landing as the backup.
For the season he has moved into second on the team with 164 total yards on 38 carries.
Edmonson also has the best average per carry of the top three rushers for UC Davis, averaging 4.6 yards per carry.

UTSA REVIEW    
UTSA took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter while the Aggies were held scoreless. From there UC Davis had a 17-3 lead at halftime en route to 38 unanswered points.
Randy Wright threw for a career-high 320 yards and three touchdowns, while Colton Silveria added 75 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
UC Davis had a season-high 455 yards of total offense, including 320 passing yards with Wright completing 18 of 30 attempts.
The Aggies also converted on their first four red-zone scoring opportunities.

SEASON BESTS VS. UTSA    
UC Davis had its best offensive performance of the year against the Roadrunners, posting several team and individual team highs.
Team highs included: rushes (42), yards rushing (135), TD rushes (2), yards per pass (10.7), total offense (455), yards per play (6.3), points (38), first downs (25), punting average (49.0) and long punt return (17).
Individual highs included: rushes (21 - Silveria), yards rushing (75 - Silveria), TD rushes (2 - Silveria), yards passing (320 - Wright), TD passes (3 - Wright), long pass (50 - Wright), long reception (50 - Hemmingsen), long field goal (42 - Kelley), punting average (49.0 - Schmidt) and long punt return (17 - Hemmingsen).

RUN GAME RESURGENCE    
UC Davis posted a season-best 135 rushing yards against UTSA and cracked the century mark for the first time on the year. The previous team best was 88 yards in the first game of the season at Arizona State.
Redshirt freshman Colton Silveria has led the Aggies in rushing yards in each of the last five games. Silveria saw the payoff against the Roadrunners, reaching the endzone twice for the first two scores of his collegiate career.  

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    
After game four, UC Davis was ranked No. 3 in toughest schedule, sorted by past opposition’s records.
The Aggies bumped up to No. 1 after game five against 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.

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.

PASSING PROWESS    
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.

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.

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.

SERIOUS SCHEDULING    
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 has had 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.