UC Davis Hosts No. 22 North Dakota On Senior Day

SS Patrick Shelton is one of 14 seniors that will be recognized at Saturday's game.
 
SS Patrick Shelton is one of 14 seniors that will be recognized at Saturday's game.
 

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GAME 10

North Dakota (6-3, 1-1)
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UC Davis (3-6, 1-2)

Saturday, November 12, 2011
2 p.m. PT • Davis, Calif.
Aggie Stadium (10,849)
KHTK (1140 AM)


OPENING KICKOFF
- Last week's upset win over Cal Poly did not go unnoticed, as the Aggies garnered several weekly honors. Randy Wright and Tommy Grillo received Great West Player of the Week nods, Colton Silveria was named the College Sports Madness Great West Player of the Week and Grillo also collected DL honorable mention in the College Football Performance Awards Week 10 honors.
- UC Davis finished with a season high 149 rushing yards and 203 passing yards against the Mustangs. The balanced attack resulted in a season low, albeit productive 20 passing attempts for the game.
- The Aggies won "The Battle for the Golden Horseshoe" for the third consecutive season, while preventing Cal Poly from an undefeated Great West schedule and guaranteed outright tittle.
- Despite its struggles on the road this season UC Davis has a 3-1 record at Aggie Stadium in 2011. The Aggies have a 16-9 all-time record at Aggie Stadium.
- UC Davis will recognize 14 seniors today as they play their final game at Aggie Stadium. The 2011 class helped the Aggies earn a share of the Great West title in 2009 and a combined 8-3 record in league play from 2008-10.
- UC Davis will enjoy a favorable end to the 2011 schedule, playing at North Dakota home this weekend and at Sacramento State in the season finale.
- The Aggies managed to finish the 2010 season with three consecutive wins over North Dakota, Cal Poly and Sacramento State.
- UC Davis looks to avoid just its second seven-loss season in the past 41 years.
Next year the Aggies will depart for the Big Sky Conference, along with Great West members Cal Poly, Southern Utah and North Dakota.
- RB Colton Silveria rushed for 65 yards and two touchdowns while adding 48 receiving yards against the Mustangs.
- Randy Wright completed 14 of 20 passing attempts for 203 yards and one touchdown. Tom Hemmingsen recorded five catches for a team-best 63 receiving yards to go along with one touchdown.   
- Defensively, Kevyn Lewis led the Aggies with a game high 11 tackles and seven solo stops. Tommy Grillo posted eight tackles, 2.5 sacks for 16 yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery returned for eight yards. Bobby Erskine added seven tackles, 1.0 sacks, 2.5 tackles for losses and a forced fumble.
- Jonathan Calhoun hauled in his second interception of the season against Cal Poly, marking the first pick that the Mustangs have thrown all year.

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. NORTH DAKOTA    
- UC Davis leads the all-time series 3-1, having won in each of the last three season. Last year, the Aggies took a convincing 35-16 victory on the road. UC Davis also had 28-20 and 34-21 wins in 2009 and 2008, respectively.    

BRIEF NORTH DAKOTA SCOUTING REPORT    
- UND struggled last week against Independent Division II member Sioux Falls before rallying late to take a 15-13 win at home. North Dakota trailed 13-7 at halftime but held the Cougars scoreless in the second half. After recovering a safety with under six minutes remaining in the game, ZEB MILLER converted on a 29-yard field goal as time expired to seal the win.
- UND has had an impressive turnaround from a year ago, coming into today's game with a 6-3 overall record compared to a 3-8 mark from 2010. North Dakota has won five of its last six games. UND also looks to win its third consecutive game and third straight away contest today.
- North Dakota is still in the hunt for a share of the Great West title. Should UND win today, the winner of the South Dakota-North Dakota season finale game will share the conference title with Cal Poly.
- UND was ranked No. 22 in the FCS Coaches poll this week. North Dakota has been ranked in each of the last seven weeks, as high as No. 18 in game seven.  
- TB JAKE MILLER has led the North Dakota offense with 96.4 rushing yards per game and 13 touchdowns on the season. Miller is also third on the squad in receiving with 132 total yards.   
- QB BRENT GOSKA started in North Dakota's most recent game, throwing for a career high 229 yards and a touchdown. QB JOEY BRADLEY has started in seven games this season and leads UND with 791 total passing yards.  
- ILB DAN HENDRICKSON leads UND with 60 tackles and 7.0 tackles for loss.   

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 139-77-1 (.644) overall record and is 63-52-0 (.548) against NCAA Div. I teams... Biggs is also 44-18 (.710) in the month of November.
- 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.

- Chris Mussman (Iowa State `91) is 21-20 (.512) at North Dakota in his fourth season as head coach and 13th season with the program.  
- Mussman possesses nearly two decades of collegiate coaching experience. During his nine seasons as an assistant on the UND staff, the Sioux went 90-24 (.789), won a Division II national championship in 2001, won five North Central Conference titles and made five NCAA Division II postseason appearances.

CAL POLY REVIEW    
- The Aggies bounced back from a two-game skid in a big way with a 24-17 win over rival Cal Poly.
UC Davis dominated the action in the first half en route to a 21-3 lead at the intermission.
- The Aggies had their most productive game of the season running the ball, finishing with 149 yards on the ground.   

SPOILER ALERT    
- UC Davis played the spoiler, preventing the Mustangs from an undefeated Great West season and guaranteed outright conference tittle. Cal Poly has already earned at least a share of the Great West championship.
- The Mustangs also had playoff aspirations, having entered last week's game with an unofficial ranking of 26th in both major FCS polls. Had Cal Poly won, they would have boasted a 6-3 record with a 4-0 mark in conference play.  

WEEKLY AWARDS POUR IN     
- In recognition of UC Davis' upset win over Cal Poly, three Aggies received weekly honors.
- QB Randy Wright - Great West Conference Offensive Player of the Week
- DE Tommy Grillo - Great West Defensive Offensive Player of the Week and DL honorable mention in the College Football Performance Awards Week 10 honors
- RB Colton Silveria - College Sports Madness Great West Player of the Week

SENIOR DAY     
In the final home game of the season vs. North Dakota, UC Davis will honor 14 seniors that are set to play their final game at Aggie Stadium.
2 - Patrick Shelton, SS, 6-1/210, Canoga Park, Calif. (James Monroe HS `06)
3 - Jonathan Calhoun, CB, 5-11/185, Long Beach, Calif. (Verbum Dei HS `07)
4 - Sean Kelley, PK, 5-9/215, Monrovia, Calif. (Monrovia HS `07)
16 - Sean Maraz, QB, 6-2/210, Phoenix, Ariz. (Sunnyslope HS `07)
19 - Dwight Smith, WR, 6-3/200, Davis, Calif. (Davis HS `07)
22 - Josh Reese, RB, 6-0/196, Davis, Calif. (Davis HS `07)
29 - Neil Pierce, LB, 6-0/205, Anaheim, Calif. (Esperanza HS `07)
44 - Jacob Maxson, DT, 6-2/280, Visalia, Calif. (Redwood HS `07)
51 - Victor Lee, DE, 6-0/235, Cerritos, Calif. (Cerritos HS `07)
54 - Ivan Perez, OL, 6-3/285, Oceanside, Calif. (Oceanside HS `07)
56 - Tommy Grillo, DE, 6-1/245, Lancaster, Calif. (Oaks Christian HS `07)
65 - Robert Ayotte, OL, 6-5/295, West Torrance, Calif. (West Torrance HS `07)
83 - Michael Cody, TE, 6-4/245, Colfax, Calif. (Sierra College)
91 - Brock Galvin, DT, 6-3/260, Clayton, Calif. (Concord HS `07)

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.

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.