Football crosses Causeway for annual rivalry game

Nov. 15, 2017

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Game 11

UC Davis Aggies (5-5, 3-4 Big Sky)
Sacramento State (6-4, 5-2 Big Sky)

Saturday, Nov. 18 - 2 p.m.
Hornet Stadium (21,195) - Sacramento, Calif.

TV: Comcast Hometown (channel 104)
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Radio: KHTK 1140 AM - Scott Marsh (PBP), Doug Kelly (Analyst)
Audio - UC Davis' TuneIn Channel
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DAVIS, Calif. - If there is only one game that UC Davis and Sacramento State want to win each season, the Causeway Classic is it. And in six of the last seven seasons, the Aggies have hoisted the trophy and owned bragging rights throughout the following year. This year's team will look to make it seven victories in the last eight years when everyone heads to Hornet Stadium for Saturday's 2 p.m. rivalry game.

Comcast Hometown will televise this matchup, the 64th between local rivals, in addition to a video stream provided by Pluto TV (channel 233) and In addition to an audio broadcast on KHTK 1140 AM, TuneIn radio will provide a stream online, and through its app — one football fans can access by searching for the "UC Davis Sports Network."

In addition to sending its seniors out on a winning note, keeping the Causeway trophy in Davis for another year and continued bragging rights, another rivalry victory will give the team its first winning season since 2010.



 A victory will give UC Davis its first winning record since the 2010 season
 UC Davis has one final opportunity to set a new program record for the most overall wins in the program’s Big Sky era
 Fourteen UC Davis student-athletes will compete in the final game of their career when the Aggies travel to Sacramento State
 The all-time single-season record for receiving yards is 1,365, set in 2011 by Michael Oliva, a mark junior WR Keelan Doss will own outright if he collects 40 yards against the Hornets
• Sophomore QB Jake Maier will enter the Aggies’ regular season finale ranked No. 2 in completion pct. (.700) and completions/gm. (27.50), No. 3 in passing yards (3,344), No. 4 in passing yards/gm. (334.4)

Saturday’s game is the 65th between UC Davis and Sacramento State; the teams also met in the Division II playoffs during the 1988 season, which is why this is the 64th Causeway Classic
UC Davis leads the all-time series, 45-19, won six of the last seven and 14 of the last 17 Causeway Classics
UC Davis won the last three games played at Hornet Stadium, and are 8-2 in the last 10 games on their rival’s home turf

UC Davis football also honored its 14-member senior class, a group of student-athletes who appeared at Aggie Stadium for the final time in their respective careers
Representing UC Davis on the football field, for the final time in their respective careers in this weekend’s game at Sacramento State, 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

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 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  

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
Doss will enter the Aggies’ regular season finale ranked No. 1, among all FCS players, in total receiving yards, receiving yards per game and receptions per game
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

• 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
• Maier will enter the Aggies’ regular season finale ranked No. 2 in completion percentage and completions per game, No. 3 in passing yards, No. 4 in passing yards per game and No. 7 in total offense

Saturday’s game is the 65th between UC Davis and Sacramento State
UC Davis leads the all-time series, 45-19
The Aggies won six of the last seven and 14 of the last 17 Causeway Classics
UC Davis won the last three in a row and hold an 8-2 record in the last 10 games played at Hornet Stadium

11/19/16: H , W, 48-30
11/21/15: A, W, 35-21
11/22/14: H, L, 41-30
11/23/13: A, W, 34-7
11/17/12: H, W, 34-30
11/19/11: A, W, 23-19
11/20/10: H, W, 17-16
11/21/09: A, L, 31-28
11/8/08: H, L, 29-19
11/3/07: A, W, 31-26
11/18/06: H, W, 30-16
9/24/05: A, W, 37-7
9/25/04: H, W, 58-23
10/4/03: A, W, 31-27
10/5/02: N, W, 38-21
10/27/01: A, W, 43-0
10/28/00: N, W, 13-10
9/18/99: A, L, 48-27
9/19/98: H, W, 35-17
9/20/97: A, W, 36-28 (3ot)
9/21/96: H, L, 27-24
10/28/95: A, W, 52-42
10/8/94: H, W, 27-24
11/13/93: A, W, 47-32
10/3/92: N, W, 21-14
10/5/91: N, L, 50-18
9/22/90: N, L, 16-12
9/23/89: N, L, 21-20
11/19/88*: H, L, 35-14
9/24/88: H, L, 31-28
11/14/87: N, W, 28-10
11/15/86: H, W, 29-6
11/16/85: N, W, 37-30
11/17/84: H, W, 38-21
11/12/83: A, W, 52-14
11/13/82: H, W, 51-6
11/21/81: H, W, 21-13
10/4/80: N, W, 16-6
10/6/79: H, W, 32-7
10/14/78: A, W, 39-0
10/15/77: H, W, 28-0
10/23/76: A, W, 34-0
10/18/75: H, W, 38-3
10/26/74: A, W, 22-17
10/27/73: H, W, 24-15
11/4/72: A, W, 17-16
11/13/71: H, W, ,24-17
11/21/70: A, W, 28-0
10/4/69^: H, L, 18-10
10/12/68: A ,L, 24-7
10/20/67: H, L, 23-6
10/29/66: A, L, 36-24
11/6/65: H, W, 20-14
11/14/64: A, L, 27-0
11/15/63: H, W, 17-8
11/17/62: N, L, 26-7
11/17/61: H, W, 14-0
11/19/60: N, L, 31-0
11/14/59: H, L, 21-6
11/15/58: N, W, 22-14
11/16/57: H, L, 26-0
10/13/56: N, W, 33-26
10/15/55: H, W, 29-0
10/9/54: N, W, 14-0

* - NCAA Playoff
^ - Game later forfeited

With its 49-14 victory at Cal Poly last weekend, Sacramento State locked up a winning record for the year and matched the highest Big Sky win total in program history
 Sacramento State is 4-1 at home this season, and holds a three-game home win streak for the first time since 2000
 The Hornets and Montana lead the league in scoring with their matching 36.2 points per game figure
 After missing the previous three games before heading to San Luis Obispo last weekend, junior transfer (UNLV) QB Kevin Thomson racked up 247 yards on only nine completions (out of 16 attempts)
 Sacramento State, ranked No. 6 in the league with its pass defense (242.6 ypg), will face a stiff test in UC Davis, the No. 1 passing team in the Big Sky with its 350.6 ypg average, 32 more yards than the next ranked squad
 Keep an eye on the Aggies’ linebacker Ryan Bua and the Hornets’ DB Mister Harriel; the pair are ranked No. 13 and No. 17, among all Big Sky players, and lead their team in tackles per game at 8.2 and 7.5 respectively
 The league’s top two sack leaders compete for the Hornets: senior DL Ben Sorenson (9.0) and junior DL George Obinna (8.0)

 Last weekend’s game vs. Southern Utah marked the eighth time this season that a UC Davis opponent was 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 )San Diego State, Weber State, North Dakota, Eastern Washington and Cal Poly)

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:

When the Aggies take the field his weekend, Fred Arp will witness, in person, his 455th 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

 UC Davis will enter Saturday’s game with five victories, all against Division I competition
 The 2013 team also won five games, all against Div. I programs
 This matches the total number of wins, against D-I teams, from the previous three seasons combined
 UC Davis has one final opportunity to set a new program record for the most overall victories in the program’s Big Sky era
 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, 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

 By finishing last weekend’s game vs. Southern Utah with 11 receptions, junior wide receiver Keelan Doss is now the program’s new record holder for the most catches in a season (102)
 Tony Kays previously held this record with 93 receptions, which took place throughout the 2005 season
 Sophomore quarterback Jake Maier also set a new single-season record by posting his eighth 300-yard passing total
 With his 311 yards thrown vs. Southern Utah, Maier surpassed J.T. O’Sullivan and his seven 300-yard efforts recorded in 2000

 The single-season record for receiving yards is 1,365, set in 2011 by Michael Oliva, a mark Keelan Doss will own outright if he collects 40 yards against the Hornets
 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, also originally set by Enos that same year
 J.T. O’Sullivan threw for 3,826 yards throughout the 2001 season, something sophomore quarterback Jake Maier can match with another 482 passing yards
 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 10 games as an Aggie, Maier has 275 completions

Unless you are junior defensive back Vincent White, who is ranked No. 10 in the nation with his 1.4 pass breakup per game average
 White is responsible for a Big Sky-high 12 of the Aggies’ 37 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

 For the 4th 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 Hornet Stadium with 1,326 total yards, a 132.6 ypg and 10.2 rpg averages

Last weekend, UC Davis Athletics honored former Aggie quarterback, and 10-year NFL veteran Ken O’Brien
O’Brien was recognized at halftime of the Aggies’ home finale, and became 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

 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

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