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UC Davis FTW + more....

A solid weekend of sports was capped off with the first win of the 2010 season for the UC Davis football team on Saturday night. The Aggies took down host University of San Diego 38-24 to put Davis in the win column after two early season defeats.

A strong rushing attack, led by Davis High graduate Josh Reese, gained 186 yards on 33 carries. The Aggies found success running the ball after struggling to do so during the first two weeks of the season in losses to California and Portland State. Reese totaled 104 yards on the ground, including two touchdown runs, from 12 and 17 yards out, respectively. "When my big guys go all out for me, I go all out for them," Reese told the Davis Enterprise following the victory. "It was nice to see some running room."

Positives and negatives also came out of the game for redshirt freshman quarterback Randy Wright. He completed 14 of 23 passes for two touchdowns, one a 38-yard strike in the first quarter to tight end Dean Rodgers, and the other a 22-yard pass to Stephen Dunstan at the end of the first half, which gave the Aggies a 21-10 lead at the break. Wright also threw two interceptions, one setting up a second quarter Torero touchdown which cut the Davis lead to 14-10. "We've got to play better," Aggie coach Bob Biggs said, "we just can't continue to turn the ball over. If you do that, you're going to struggle." Biggs also pointed towards too many penalties (10 for 100 yards) as another point of sloppy play that needs to be fixed.

The Aggies take to the road for three weeks, starting this Saturday at Weber State of the Big Sky Conference, a soon-to-be conference opponent once the Ags join the Big Sky in 2012. Weber State, coming off two straight berths into the FCS playoffs, lost to the Aggies 31-29 in their only other meeting in 2004. The kickoff against Weber State (1-2), fresh off a 24-17 loss at the hands of Davis' Causeway rival Sacramento State, is schedule for 5:00pm local time (PST). Like the Aggies (with California and San Jose State), Weber State is scheduled to face 2 FBS schools this fall in Boston College and Texas Tech. The Wildcats are led by returning quarterback Cameron Higgins and running back Bo Bolen.

In other local news, the Davis High football team suffered a 43-20 loss at the hands of the Will C. Wood Wildcats. A 22-0 halftime defecit was too much for the Blue Devils, who worked to comeback in the second half, but could not keep up with Wood (2-1). The Blue Devils (1-2) take to the road again to face Colfax (2-1). Davis still hopes to be on target for an October 1 home game against Oakmont in their renovated stadium. New bleachers and other facilties will highlight the Blue Devils' new digs.

The Devils need to continue to work to get their offense in rhythm as conference play continues to approach. Senior quarterback Dayne Denkers struggled throughout the first half and was eventually replaced by junior Shayne Reagan, who threw two touchdown passes.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Hiautus: (hi-a-tus) an interruption in time or continuity : break; especially : a period when something (as a program or activity) is suspended or interrupted

Ah, to be back. Just shy of two months later, the Blog is attempting to make yet another comeback. Many have fallen short, but hopefully this attempt will succeed. Certainly, if successful, the Blog will be up for the Comeback Blog of the Year. It has been since July 20 since I (Brett) have made an appearance on the blog, and a tragic 319 days (October 31, 2009) since CJ has graced his presence on here. The blog, after all, was his idea, but I imagine that reality of spending 10 minutes scribing about sports is just too much for his busy schedule to handle. Forgive him, I guess.

Time to stop my inevitable ability to digress. Sports chat, here we go:

The UC Davis Aggies suffered a 41-33 loss this past weekend at home against the Portland State Vikings. This poor defensive effort came one week after the Aggies were simply physically overmatched in a 52-3 loss to FBS school Cal. The Vikings controled things from the start, en route to racking up 435 total yards of offense against Davis. 257 yards rushing, including 63 from versitile Vikings quarterback Connor Kavanaugh, kept the Aggies off balance all day. Despite forcing 3 turnovers on defense, Davis committed 4 of their own, split between fumbles and 2 interceptions from freshman quarterback Randy Wright. 8,235 fans saw the Aggies drop the home opener, a prelude to a 3-game roadtrip that includes the University of San Diego this upcoming weekend, Weber State on September 25, and FBS school San Jose State on October 2. Remember back to August 30, 2008, when the Aggies opened the season at San Jose State. A strong defense performance was unfortunately culminated by a Spartans go-ahead touchdown with 8 seconds remaining. The Aggies will be eager to avenge that frustrating day, seeking their second win over an FBS school since 2005. ((EDIT: Couldn't help but include THIS video))

But priorities turn the Aggies attention to this Saturday, a 6:05 kickoff against University of San Diego (0-2), who shares an equal record with Davis. The last time the two met, the Toreros secured a 28-20 win to close out the 2008 season.

Other headlining Aggie football news of late, is that the team announced the will join the Big Sky Conference beginning in 2012. This is only a move by the football team, while other Aggie sports will remain in their respective Big West, MPSF, or other conferences.

Go Ags!