UC Davis and Sacramento State Ready for Causeway Classic

Julian Bertero
Nov. 15, 2016

Game 11
63rd Annual Causeway Classic
Sacramento State (2-8, 2-5) at UC Davis (2-8, 1-6)

Saturday, November 19, 2016  • 1 p.m.  
Aggie Stadium (10,849) • Davis, Calif.

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The Last Meeting
UC Davis35
Sacramento State21
November 21, 2015
Sacramento, Calif.
Causeway Trophy coming back to UC Davis! 35-21
Redshirt freshman C.J. Spencer threw for 312 yards and 3 TDs, running back Manusamoa Luuga and receiver Chris Martin each posted 100-yard days and the defense shut out Sacramento State for 3-1/2 quarters as UC Davis beat the host Hornets, 35-21, in the 62nd annual Causeway Classic on Saturday afternoon at Hornet Stadium.

Complete Notes: UC Davis | Sacramento State | Big Sky

OPENING KICKOFF
• The Aggies bring the 2016 season to a close, looking for their second straight win in the Causeway Classic while also increasing their win total from last year.


 

 

• The road team has won each of the past three Causeway games while the winning team in each of the past four has scored at least 34 points.

• A win will give the Aggies (2-2) their first winning home record since 2012 when they beat the Hornets, 34-27, in former head coach BOB BIGGS’ final game, to go 3-2 at Aggie Stadium.

• UC Davis has not had a takeaway in its last two games, the first time that’s happened this year… The Aggies have turned it over three times in that same span but are still +1 for the season.

• RB MANUSAMOA LUUGA’s 2-yard TD plunge at Montana State on Saturday was his 10th rushing TD of the year, putting him second in the Big Sky and 14th in the FCS... He needs one more to break into the Aggies’ single-season top 10.

• UC Davis rushed for at least 100 yards (122 vs. Montana State) for the fourth consecutive game… It’s the first time it’s strung that many games together since doing it eight times in a row in 2013… It also averaged at least 5.0 yards a carry for the second straight game… Conversely, an opposing team rushed for at least 250 yards for the second time in the past three games and the fourth time this season.

• The defense allowed less than 365 yards in total offense for the fourth time in the past five games and less than 100 passing yards for the second time in the past three… Montana State had just 89 yards on 8-of-14 passing.

• P Colby Wadman has a 40.9 avg. for his career, which is on pace to place him second on the program’s career list behind current Buffalo Bills punter Colton Schmidt (41.2)... He has 241 career punts and needs just four to pass GREG ALLEY (1997-2000) for most in school history... His 42.9 avg. this season ranks him 11th in the FCS.

• RB Joshua Kelley has a team-high nine plays (rushes, returns) of at least 30 yards this season... He owns the team’s longest kick return (91 yds. vs. Weber State) and second-longest run (58 yds at Eastern Washington)... Kelley has 17 plays covering at least 20 yards overall.

• UC Davis has been effective on fourth down over the past five games, making good on at least one attempt each game and going 6 for 12 overall.

• The Aggies will recognize 20 outstanding student-athletes prior to Saturday’s game.

ALL-TIME SERIES
• UC Davis leads the overall series, 44-19, with the Causeway Classic series sitting at 44-18... The Hornets won a 1988 matchup in the NCAA Div. II playoffs for the only other game played between the programs.

• UC Davis is 20-9 overall at home, including a 2-2 mark at Aggie Stadium... The road team has won the last three Causeway matchups and the teams have combined to average 54.8 ppg. in the last five Causeway showdowns.

• The Aggies’ longest winning streak in the series was 18 games (1970-88) while the Hornets’ won five in a row (1987-91) for their longest.

• The series began in 1954, making it the third-oldest on UC Davis’ schedule this year behind Southern Oregon (1932) and Cal Poly (1939)... The Aggies, however, have not played any team on this year’s schedule more times than the Hornets.

SALUTE TO 20 AGGIE SENIORS
• The Aggies say goodbye to 20 outstanding senior student-athletes in their final game today: DB Delvin Alexander, DB Mitch Casas, OL Armando Ceja-Lua, WR Corey Collins, OL Kevin Gavigan, OL Alex Hanes, DB Zach Jones, LB George Lamen, RB Manusamoa Luuga, WR Chris Martin, DE Zak Pettit, DL Inoke Raikadroka, LB Russell Reeder, OL Christian Schneider, QB Ben Scott, LB Brady Stibi, WR Ramon Vargas, P Colby Wadman, WR Luke Williams and TE Nehemiah Winston.

THIRD-DOWN IMPROVEMENT
• The Aggies had their best third-down performance of the season on offense and their second-best on defense last week at Montana State... Offensively, UC Davis went 8 for 15 (.533) which followed a week when it went 7 for 16 (.438) against Portland State for its previous best... The Aggies are converting 48% over their last two games and are 34% for the season.

• On the other side of the ball, UC Davis held the Bobcats to just 3 for 11 (.272) on third down, barely behind the 4-for-15 (.267) showing against Southern Utah... The three conversions were the fewest for an opponent this year... For the season, UC Davis opponents are good 47% of the time. 

WADMAN REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
• P Colby Wadman had a tough act to follow, joining the Aggies after All-Big Sky P Colton Schmidt left to begin his current NFL career with the Buffalo Bills... Wadman, though, has more than held is own and is on pace to finish his career as one of the program’s all-time best punters.

• His current 40.9 career average ranks only behind Schmidt (41.1) while his season average (42.9) is also second only to Schmidt’s school record (44.5, 2012).

• Wadman has three punts of at least 60 yards, including a career-best 66-yarder at Montana State last week, and has at least a 54-yard boot in seven of the Aggies’ 10 games.

• He is currently ranked ninth among all active FBS and FCS punters for total punting yards (9,850) in his career and is 18th among active FCS punters for career average (40.9).

• Wadman’s 2014 avg. (42.3) and his 2015 avg. (40.6) are fourth and 10th, respectively, on the Aggies’ single-season list.


JONES ONTO SOLO TACKLES LIST
• FS Zach Jones has come on as of late, posting 24 solo tackles over his last four games, including 10 solo stops at Cal Poly on Oct. 22.

• His 50 solos this year tie him for fourth on the Aggies’ single-season ledger while his 5.0 avg. tie him for 34th in the FCS.

• Jones has 122 career solo tackles, tying him for sixth at UC Davis with FS Ejiro Evero (1999-2003).

DEFENSE FINDS TRIO OF TDs
• The Aggies have scored three defensive touchdowns in 2016, ranking them 2nd in the Big Sky (with Montana and NAU) and 12th in the FCS.

• FS Keleen Culberson returned a fumble 21 yards at Wyoming, CB ISIAH OLAVE’s 11-yard pick-6 sealed the win over Northern Colorado, and DE Anthony Baumgart opened the scoring at Cal Poly with a 61-yard TD off a fumble return.

• UC Davis has more than one defensive touchdown in a season for the first time since picking up two in 2007. (interceptions by FS Jonathan Barsi, LB David Heckman and fumble recovery by CB Jeremy Scott).

BIG GAMES FOR Ben Scott
• QB Ben Scott opened the 2016 season with back-to-back 300-yard games, giving him four for his career... He went 27-47-1 for 303 at Oregon and then 22-29-0 for a career-high 381 against Southern Oregon.

• His 1,974 yards this season are a career-high, eclipsing the 1,734 he posted in 2014.

• Scott was held to just eight completions against Portland State; his lowest total as a starter.

• Among active FCS quarterbacks, Scott is 11th in completion percentage (.617), 10th in completions per game (19.4), 14th in passing ypg. (221.1) and 29th in passing efficiency (133.4).

ANESI GROWS INTO LB ROLE
• Head coach Ron Gould noted earlier this year he thought LB Nas Anesi had one of the best set of spring practices of all the Aggies, and Anesi isn’t disappointing this fall.

• The redshirt freshman is currently second on the team with 53 total tackles, despite missing the opener at Oregon, had a team-best and career-high nine stops (7 solo) against Portland State and has 27 total tackles over his last FOUR games.

• Anesi has added 3.5 TFLs for 14 yards, including a 9-yard sack at Southern Utah, and has a quarterback-hurry for good measure.

BREAKOUT YEAR FOR BAUMGART
• DE Anthony Baumgart, from nearby Antelope HS, is making the most out of his first year as a starter... The Aggie sophomore entered the year with six games of experience but no tackles to show for it.

• This year, he’s been one of the most consistent players on the defensive side of the ball, contributing 42 total tackles (4th on team), including eight against Southern Oregon and six at Eastern Washington.

• Additionally, his 6.5 TFLs, highlighted by at least one in four of the last five games (4.5 for 29 yards in that span), are second-most behind DE Zak Pettit (9.0).

• Baumgart is also second on the team with a pair of sacks, gaining one each against Southern Utah and Northern Colorado for 19 total yards.

• Beyond those numbers, though, he has also pitched in with two other big plays, picking off a pass against Southern Oregon that he returned 15 yards, and then scooping up a first-quarter missed tackle at Cal Poly that he returned 61 yards for a score.

DOSS DOUBLES 100-YARD EFFORTS
• WR Keelan Doss has a pair of 100-yard receiving games this season, picking up career-high 116 yards against Oregon in the season opener and then adding 104 at Wyoming two weeks later... Both came on seven catches.

• Combined with WR RAMON VARGAS’ 208-yard effort against Southern Oregon, Doss’ exploits helped give UC Davis five straight 100-yard games dating back to last season... However, they have not had once since although Doss had four grabs for 91 yards and a TD last weekend.

• Doss is a redshirt sophomore after missing last season with injury but is showing why he was a dangerous target (22-325, 2 TDs, long of 70) as a true freshman in 2014... He leads UC Davis with 59 catches for 704 yards and 6 TDs this season... Doss has 3360 more grabs than the next closest Aggie.

• He’s ranked among the top 50 FCS players in rec. TDs (49TH, 6), rec. yds. (48th, 704) and rec/game (28th, 5.9).

TEAM CAPTAINS
• OL Christian Schneider, RB Manusamoa Luuga, DT Inoke Raikadroka, LB Russell Reeder... When injuries keep one of the season captains out of a game, substitute captains are selected by the coaching staff.

BLAIR EARNS POW HONOR
 • Freshman K Matt Blair was named the ROOT Sports Special Teams Player of the Week after two field goals against UNC.

• He’s the first special teams winner for UC Davis since 2013 (K Brady Stuart), and the first Aggie winner overall since 2014 (RB GABE MANZANARES).

LUUGA RUNNING HARD IN 2016
• RB Manusamoa Luuga ran for a career-high 160 yards on a season-high tying 22 carries at Eastern Washington on Oct. 1 and added 118 yards on 15 carries at Cal Poly three weeks later... The latter marked his third 100-yard game of the year and fourth of his career.

•  Included in Luuga’s totals this year is a career-long 90-yard TD rush against Southern Oregon that ranks T-2nd at UC Davis all-time and T-6th in the FCS this year.

• His prolific running has also led to lots of points for UC Davis... Basically, if Luuga scores once, he’s probably going to score at least twice since all of the games in which he’s scored have featured him finding the endzone at least twice... He’s had four games with at least two rushing TDs, has nine on the ground (2nd in Big Sky; 14th in FCS) and 10 overall (5th in Big Sky; 24th in FCS).

• Luuga is ranked among the FCS leaders in the other following areas: all-purpose ypg (60th, 106.4); rushing yds (28th, 828) and rushing ypg. (35th, 82.8).

• How much is he the go-to rusher? His 162 carries are 96 more than RB Joshua Kelley, who’s next on the list with 79.

ARP CONTINUES GAME STREAK
Fred 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 reverance from the players he coached helped lead to his eventual enshrinement in the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame.

• He has been a constant on the sidelines as a coach and as a program alum... This week’s game against Sacramento State will mark the 443rd consecutive UC Davis game he has witnessed... Now, THAT’s a streak.

RECRUITING CLASSES RANK HIGH
• HEAD COACH Ron Gould was regarded as one of the nation’s top recruiters during his long tenure at Cal and he’s brought that prowess to UC Davis.

• His most recent recruiting class this past February was ranked No. 10 among all FCS and tops in the Big Sky by Saturday Blitz, and was No. 17 by Hero Sports (third in the Big Sky).

• Gould’s 2014 class was comprised of 12 players rated two stars by Scout.com.

GETTING IT DONE IN THE CLASSROOM
• The Aggies posted an NCAA Academic Progress Rate of 981 to lead the Big Sky Conference for the fourth consecutive year... The distinction earned them an APR Award from the FCS Athletics Directors Association for the fourth straight year.

• UC Davis has increased its APR each year during the impressive run and owns the second-longest active streak of APR Awards. (Bryant University has won five straight).

• The APR measures student-athlete retention and eligibility and helps provide a real-time mark of classroom performance.

• The Aggies also had an NCAA graduation success rate of 85 percent in the most recent report which was released on Tuesday, marking the third straight year they’ve led the Big Sky in that measurement as well... For the record, the entire UC Davis athletics program had a graduation rate of 88 percent... The program has led the Big West five straight years and eight of nine since reclassifying to Div. I in 2007-08.