Aggies host Southern Utah in home finale

Nov. 8, 2017



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Game 10

No. 19/15 Southern Utah Thunderbirds (7-2, 5-1 Big Sky)
at
UC Davis Aggies (5-4, 3-3 Big Sky)

Saturday, Nov. 11 - 4 p.m.
Aggie Stadium (10,849) - Davis, Calif.

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Promotions
- First 2,500 fans who arrive to Aggie Stadium will receive a free t-shirt, courtesy of Pepsi
- Veterans can receive free tickets for this game by entering the code "VETSSALUTE" when securing them online by clicking here, or in person at Aggie Stadium's box office
- Servicemembers can purchase tickets for $5, online or in person, by using this code: "SERVEMEMSALUTE" 
- As part of Ken O'Brien Day, tickets for Aggie Stadium's west stands are available for $15; fans can also purchase a block of 15 tickets for berm seats in the UC Davis Children's Hospital Family Zone for $15
- Fútbol and Football: Purchase a ticket for Saturday's 12 p.m. Big West Conference Men's Soccer Championship game, show proof of purchase at the Aggie Stadium box office and receive a free ticket for football's 4 p.m. home finale
- This is the final $25 Gift Card Drive event: Support local Red Cross agencies and their Northern California fire relief efforts by bringing a $25 gift card to the box office at Aggie Stadium

Game Notes: UC Davis  |  Southern Utah  |  Big Sky



DAVIS, Calif. - 
From the pregame festivities until the final play of the game, Saturday's home finale vs. No. 19/15 Southern Utah is quickly becoming one of the most exciting events of the season. 

Make sure you arrive to Aggie Stadium early to help the football program recognize its 14-member senior class. Once action begins, UC Davis will face its eighth opponent of the season that is either nationally ranked, or receiving votes, in the NCAA Coaches or national media polls. 

Members of the 1982 football team that appeared in that year's National Championship game will attend the Aggies' final home game of the season to honor one of their teammates, 10-year NFL veteran and Aggie legend Ken O'Brien, at halftime when he becomes the inaugural member of the Aggie Pride Wall.

With the support of Aggie fans in attendance this weekend, the team will seek its third victory in a row, which will guarantee the first winning record in the program's Big Sky era. 

QUICK HITS
 UC Davis Athletics will honor Aggie legend, and 10-year NFL veteran Ken O'Brien, at halftime of Saturday's home finale; he will become the first member of the Aggie Pride Wall, which adorns Aggie Stadium's press box
 Many of his 1982 football teammates are planning to attend this weekend's game to help honor O'Brien
 Also being recognized during a pregme ceremony are 14 student-athletes who will make their final appearance at Aggie Stadium
 Southern Utah is the Aggies' eighth opponent this season that is ranked, or receiving votes, in either the NCAA Coaches or national media polls
 A victory will give UC Davis its first three-game win streak and the first winning record as a Big Sky program; the team last finished with a .500 record or better in 2010

SERIES HISTORY
Saturday's game is the 20th between UC Davis and Southern Utah
UC Davis leads the series 11-8, and won seven of the nine previously played games in Davis

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

UC DAVIS COACHES SHOW
 Every Wednesday throughout the season, UC Davis head coach Dan Hawkins and various guests will join host Scott Marsh and Doug Kelly on the UC Davis Coaches Show
 In addition to watching the show live, fans can also access a live stream on UC Davis Athletics' Facebook page, or listen on KSAC 105.5 FM 
 Various locations in Davis will host this event, visit UCDavisAggies.com to discover where the Coaches Show will take place each week

AN AGGIE LEGEND RETURNS HOME
UC Davis Athletics will honor former Aggie quarterback, and 10-year NFL veteran Ken O'Brien at halftime of Saturday's home finale
O'Brien will be honored in the game along with the 1982 Aggie football team -- one that includes current head coach Dan Hawkins as that squad's fullback --  which celebrates the 35th anniversary of its National Championship game appearance
O'Brien will also become the first member of the Aggie Pride Wall, which adorns Aggie Stadium's press box
Originally from nearby Jesuit High School, O'Brien started three seasons for the Aggies after transferring from Sacramento State
In his senior year (1982), he captured first-team All-America honors from the National Football Coaches Association while helping UC Davis reach the NCAA Division II title game for the first time in school history
O'Brien set school records by finishing the season with 2,976 passing yards and 23 touchdowns, and also won the 1982-83 Colby E. "Babe" Slater Award as the school's outstanding male athlete of the year that year
He also became the first Aggie to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, going as the 24th overall pick to the New York Jets during the "Year of the Quarterback"
Throughout his decade-long career, mostly with the Jets, O'Brien finished with 25,094 yards and 128 touchdowns
He also earned Pro Bowl selections in 1985 and 1991
In 1997, O'Brien entered the College Football Hall of Fame -- seven years after his induction to the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame

THANK YOU, SENIORS!
UC Davis football will also honor its 14-member senior class in a pregame ceremony
Competing at Aggie Stadium for the final time in their respective careers are: Derek Baljeu, Julian Bertero, Ryan Bua, Andrew Carriger, Keleen Culberson, Brock Dale, Darryl Graham, Ryan Green, Grant Hilton, Erik Holmer, Desmond Lewis, Kyle Sulka, Brandon Weaver and Justin Williams

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

MAIER JOINS DOSS ON PRESTIGIOUS WATCH LIST
• Quarterback Jake Maier is the latest name added to the Walter Payton Watch List, as announced by STATS LLC. on Nov. 7
• This accolade is well deserved since the sophomore economics major has held numerous top five FCS stats since the first week of the season
• Entering this Saturday's 4 p.m. home finale vs. Southern Utah, Maier holds four top-five FCS rankings: No. 2 in the nation in completion percentage (.708), No. 3 in passing yards (3,033) and passing yards per game (337.0) and No. 5 in completions per game (26.67)

UC DAVIS VS. SOUTHERN UTAH
Saturday's game is the 20th between UC Davis and Southern Utah
UC Davis leads the all-time series, 11-8
The Aggies are 7-2 in the nine games played in Davis

10/8/16: A, L, 24-3
10/24/15: H L, 34-6
10/5/13: A, W, 21-3
10/29/11: A, L, 34-3
10/30/10: H, L, 55-24
10/31/09: A, L, 56-35
10/11/08: H, W, 49-26
10/20/07: A, W, 41-21
10/21/06: H, W, 27- 7
10/15/05: H, W, 33-21
10/23/04: A, L, 19-15
10/14/00: H, W, 56-20
10/9/99: A, W, 24-9
11/14/98: H, W, 35-28
11/1/97: A, L, 37-27
11/16/96: H, W, 26-19
11/4/95: A, W, 37-21
10/1/94: H, W, 41-16
9/25/93: A, L, 28-27

Southern Utah is led by second-year head coach Demario Warren, a former Aggie who competed for legendary head coach Bob Biggs
Warren was UC Davis' starting running back for three seasons before his career was cut short due to injury
Coach Warren joined the Thunderbirds' staff in 2008 as their defensive backs coach before he was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2014
SUU has won its last five straight games, and will arrive to Aggie Stadium tied atop the Big Sky standings with Northern Arizona
The Thunderbirds hold two national rankings: No. 19 in the NCAA Coaches Poll and No. 15 in the STATS FCS poll
That STATS ranking is the highest ever held by SUU in the program's history
A clear-cut pattern has emerged for Southern Utah this season: The team is undefeated at home (4-0) and suffered all of its losses this season on the road (3-2)
Even though the Thunderbirds defeated three ranked teams throughout the season in No. 18 Northern Iowa, No. 16 Weber State and No. 8 Eastern Washington,, all three took place on its home turf
The last time SUU visited Northern California, it left Sacramento State, on Sept. 23, with a 54-27 loss

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 453rd 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 five victories, all against Division I competition
 This matches the total number of wins, against D-I teams, from the previous three seasons combined
 UC Davis has two opportunities to set a new program record for the most overall victories in the program's Big Sky era
 The 2013 team also won five games, all against Div. I programs
 This year's roster has an opportunity to match the combined total of wins earned throughout the last three years with the desired results vs. Southern Utah, and at Sacramento State
 During the 2014 and 15 seasons, the Aggies finished with matching 2-9 records; in 2016, they finished with a 3-8 overall mark
 Throughout that three-year timespan, five of those seven triumphs took place against Division I teams
 Thanks to its win at Idaho State last weekend, UC Davis will have three league  victories to its credit for the first time since the 2013 season when all five of its wins took place against Big Sky teams
 November 4th's victory also marked the second time this season that the Aggies won a road game outside the state of California, something that has not taken place since the 2013 season when that team defeated Southern Utah and Northern Colorado on their own fields
 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 on Oct. 30
 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

AGGIES CONTINUED TO COLLECT AWARDS THE FOLLOWING WEEK
 For the first time in program history, Aggies earned two of the three awards presented each week by the Big Sky when officials named sophomore quarterback Jake Maier and sophomore kicker Matt Blair as its ROOT Sports Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Week on Nov. 6
 With that announcement, the Aggies have five Player of the Week awards to their credit this year, matching the combined total from the previous four seasons
 Of Blair's four punts, three landed inside the 20; he also averaged 50.5 yards per attempt thanks to kicks that traveled 58 yards, one shy of a career high, 57 yards and 45 yards
 Eight of Blair's nine kickoffs at Idaho State ended as touchbacks; he recorded 10 touchbacks as a freshman last year
 Maier finished with 300 or more passing yards for the seventh time this season when the Aggies traveled to Idaho State
 He also tied a matched a career high by scoring four touchdowns -- three passing and his first career rushing -- that afternoon
 This is the second time in as many weeks that Maier claimed Offensive Player of the Week accolades

NO EASY WEEKENDS THIS SEASON
 Southern Utah is the eighth opponent this season that is ranked, or receiving votes, in either the NCAA Coaches or national media polls, when it faces the Aggies
 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

DOSS IS ENJOYING THE VIEW FROM THE TOP
 For the 3rd straight week, junior wide receiver Keelan Doss leads the nation in three statistical categories: receiving yards, receiving yards per game and receptions per game
 Doss will arrive to Aggie Stadium with 1,233 total yards, a 137.0 ypg and 10.1 rpg averages

BETTER BUY AN ERASER, JUST IN CASE
 The single-season record for receiving yards is 1,365, set in 2011 by Michael Oliva, a mark Keelan Doss will own if he collects 133 yards against the Thunderbirds
 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 also has eight 100-yard games this year and has an opportunity to set a new single-season record this weekend
 Doss will enter Saturday's game with 91 receptions, and needs another 3 to become the Aggies' all-time single-season leader in this category
 Tony Kays currently holds this record with 93 receptions, which took place in 2005
 J.T. O'Sullivan threw for 3,826 yards throughout the 2001 season, something sophomore quarterback Jake Maier can match with another 793 passing yards
 O'Sullivan threw for 300 or more yards in seven games during the 2000 season; Maier enters the Aggies' home finale with seven 300-yard games
 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)
 Throughout his first nine games as an Aggie, Maier has 240 completions

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO
Unless you are junior defensive back Vincent White, who is ranked No. 7 in the nation with his 1.7 pass breakup per game average
 White is responsible for a Big Sky-high 12 of the Aggies' 34 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

THIRD TIME IS DEFINITELY A CHARM
 With a win in Saturday's home finale, UC Davis will hold its first three-game win streak as a Big Sky program
 The 2010 season is the last time the Aggies won three in a row, and ended that year's schedule with Ws at North Dakota, at Cal Poly and at home against Sacramento State

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

STILL FEELING GRAND... OR MORE LIKE THREE GRAND
 By finishing with 358 passing yards at Idaho State (11/4), Jake Maier became the first UC Davis signal caller in nearly a decade to record 3,000 or more in a single season
 Greg Denham was the last Aggie quarterback to cross the 3,000-yard threshold when he finished with 3,478 in 2008

THE AGGIES KEPT SCORING, AND SCORING, AND SCORING
 The 56 points scored by UC Davis at Idaho State (11/4) is a new Big Sky era record for the most recorded in a game
 That total topped the previous mark of 52, set on three occasions: vs. Southern Oregon on Sept. 10, 2016; vs. Fort Lewis on Sept. 6, 2014; at Idaho State on Oct. 13, 2012

O'ROURKE NAMED TO FRED MITCHELL AWARD LIST
 Sophomore Max O'Rourke is one of 41 kickers from the FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA and NJCAA levels who comprise the current Fred Mitchell Award watch list
 O'Rourke leads all Aggies in scoring with 62 points, 20 more than the second-ranked Aggie
 The Fred Mitchell Award selection committee will name this year's most outstanding placekicker in early December


ABOUT UC DAVIS
Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley.

The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation, according to the Wall Street Journal, offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.

DON'T MISS OUT!
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