Aggies Conclude Season With Causeway Classic Matchup

Bobby Erskine has combined for 5.5 tackles for losses in the past two games
 
Bobby Erskine has combined for 5.5 tackles for losses in the past two games
 

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GAME 11

UC Davis (3-7)
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Sacramento State (4-6)

Saturday, November 19, 2011
1:05 p.m. PT • Sacramento, Calif.
Hornet Stadium (21,195)
KHTK (1140 AM)

Comcast SportsNet California

OPENING KICKOFF

- UC Davis dropped its final home and Great West game last week, falling to No. 22 North Dakota 14-7. The Aggies have not won back-to-back games this season.
- The Aggies struggled to move the ball on offense, tying a season high with nine punts. UC Davis was also forced to punt nine times in the season opener at Arizona State.
- The Aggies finished with a 1-3 mark in conference play and a 3-2 record at home for the season.  
- The Aggies have yet to win a game on the road this year, registering an 0-5 mark.
- The last time UC Davis was winless in away games was in 2008 when they dropped all six road contests but finished 5-1 at home.  
- UC Davis is in uncharted territory this season after more than four decades of predominantly winning seasons.  
- The last time the Aggies had a 3-7 record was during the 1969 season, one year prior to the start of their record 37 straight winning seasons.
- UC Davis looks to avoid just the fourth eight-loss season in program history.
- The last time the Aggies dropped eight contests in a season was in 1960, when they had a winless 0-8-1 record.
- UC Davis concludes the 2011 season with the 58th annual Causeway Classic at Sacramento State. The game will be televised by Comcast SportsNet California.
- The Aggies face the Hornets in the season finale for the third straight year and 12th time overall. The Aggies are 6-6 in the previous such matchups with a 17-16 win at home last year.
- Next year the Aggies will depart for the Big Sky Conference, along with Great West members Cal Poly, Southern Utah and North Dakota. UC Davis will play Sacramento State in the season finale again in 2012 as part of the Big Sky conference schedule.
- Despite the Aggies struggling on offense vs. North Dakota, RB Colton Silveria had a game high 61 rushing yards on 12 carries.
- WR Tom Hemmingsen collected a game high seven catches for 50 yards while WR Anthony Soto posted six catches and led all players with 85 receiving yards.   
- The UC Davis defense had another solid effort vs. North Dakota, led by LB BYRON GRUENDL’s 11 tackles.
- DE Bobby Erskine finished with six tackles and 3.0 tackles for losses. Erskine received defensive line honorable mention in the College Football Performance Awards - Week 11 Honors for his efforts.
- LB Jordan Glass also turned in a solid outing after eight tackles and an interception against North Dakota. Glass now has two interceptions on the season and leads the Aggies with 62 total tackles.

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. SACRAMENTO STATE    

- UC Davis leads the all-time series between the programs, 40-18, a total that includes a 1988 NCAA Playoff win by the Hornets.
- The Aggies are 22-10 against the Hornets in games played at Sacramento State.
- Last season, UC Davis took a 17-16, rain-soaked victory over the Hornets at home. The win marked the first victory for the Aggies over Sacramento State at Aggie Stadium.
- In 2008, a Hornet win at Aggie Stadium snapped an eight-game winning streak by UC Davis in the series.
- UC Davis also won a series-best 18 straight games from 1970-87 and also won four in a row from 1992-95.
- The Hornets’ longest streak in the series came when they captured five in a row from 1988-91 which included their win in the playoffs.
- Last season, WR Anthony Soto had three catches for 29 yards in addition to two touchdowns.
- K Sean Kelley converted on a 21-yard filed goal with 6:34 remaining in the fourth quarter to give UC Davis the win.    

BRIEF SACRAMENTO STATE SCOUTING REPORT    
- The Hornets have had an inconsistent season but have taken notable wins over Oregon State and No. 9 Montana.
- Sacramento State started the season with a 29-28 OT win over Oregon State to give the Hornets their first win over a Pac-12 team is school history. It was also the first time Sacramento State has defeated a FBS team since 1991 when they downed Pacific.
- The Hornets are 2-2 at home this season, having recently taken a 24-9 victory over Idaho State at Hornet Stadium.  
- Sacramento State has had some turnover at the QB position due to injury, with three players playing in three or more games.
- Most recently, QB GARRETT SAFRON started against Idaho State and finished 7 of 16 for 100 yards and a touchdown.
- RB BRYAN HILLIARD leads the team on the ground with 657 total rushing yards for the season in addition to seven touchdowns.    
- WR BRANDYN REED has 464 receiving yards to go along with 6 TDs.   
- LB TODD DAVIS leads the Hornet defense with 86 tackles for the year. DL ZACH NASH has added 50 tackles and 10.5 sacks for 58 yards.    

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 139-78-1 (.640) 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.

- Marshall Sperbeck (Nevada ‘94) is in his fifth season as the head coach at Sacramento State. During that span, Sperbeck has produced a 24-31 overall record.   
- No coach in school history has won more games overall or in conference in their first four seasons than Sperbeck. His overall and conference winning percent- ages also rank him second in program history through three seasons, trailing only legendary head coach Ray Clemons.

NORTH DAKOTA REVIEW    

UC Davis committed three turnovers and was forced to punt nine times in its final home game of the season, as No. 22 North Dakota managed to grind out a 14-7 win over the Aggies.
UC Davis had just 228 yards of total offense, including 153 passing yards.
The Aggie defense continued to play well at home, holding North Dakota to just 232 total yards and 92 rushing yards.   

DIALING UP THE DEFENSE     
UC Davis’ defense has put the Aggies in a position to win in each of the last two games despite the loss to North Dakota.
UC Davis held North Dakota to a season low 14 points and kept UND under 100 yards rushing for just the second time this season. UND was below their season averages in rushing yards, passing yards and total offense.
In a win over Cal Poly, the Aggie defense held the Mustangs to a season low 17 points. Cal Poly also had under 200 yards rushing for just the second time on the season and the Mustangs were below their season averages in rushing yards and total offense.

OFFENSIVE STRUGGLES     
UC Davis, a historically high-scoring team, has struggled to put points on the board this season, averaging 18.6 points per game.
The Aggies rank 103 among 120 FCS teams in scoring offense this year.
The last time UC Davis averaged under 20 points per game was in 2006, when the Aggies managed 19.7 points per contest.

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

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 193 total yards on 44 carries.
Edmonson also has the best average per carry of the top three rushers for UC Davis, averaging 4.4 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    
At the time, 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 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.