Thursday, March 26, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Bobcats bring elite athletes to Aggie Stadium

Montana State's quarterback DeNarius McGhee runs the ball in a game earlier this season. UCD hosts McGhee and the second-ranked Bobcats on Saturday at Aggie Stadium. AP photo

By
From page B1 | October 05, 2012 |

While the Football Championship Subdivision is certainly a half step down from the Football Bowl Subdivision in terms of talent, there are still some amazing athletes on the elite FCS teams.

One of those elite FCS squads this season is No. 2 Montana State, which will be at Aggie Stadium to face UC Davis (2-3, 1-1) on Saturday. The Aggies’ Homecoming game starts at 4 p.m.

The Bobcats (5-0, 2-0 Big Sky), who have won 14 of their last 15 games and been in the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, are paced by DeNarius McGhee, one of the most talented quarterbacks in the FCS.

And even though Montana State will be without Caleb Schreibeis, its top pass rusher and one of the best in the nation with 4.5 sacks, the Bobcats still have a star on that side of the ball in Jody Owens.

MSU’s leading tackler with 44, the senior linebacker is fresh off of a monster performance in a 24-17 win over Southern Utah last week. Owens forced a fumble and had a sack, one of his two tackles for loss among his 13 stops.

“Jody had  a fabulous game and he’s just an outstanding player,” Montana State coach Rob Ash said of his Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week. “I think he’s lived up to his billing going into the season as one of the top players in the Big Sky Conference.

“He’s just so dynamic, he sheds blocks well, he reads things well, he’s so fast and he’s always on. He’s just always making plays.”

Even more dynamic than Owens is McGhee, the Bobcats’ dual-threat QB who ranks 14th in the FCS in total offense at 279.2 yards per game. McGhee has thrown for 11 touchdowns this season and run for three more.

The Aggies are familiar with McGhee — who threw for 257 yards and two scores, while running for 59 yards and a TD in last year’s 38-17 Montana State win in Bozeman, Mont. — but stopping him will not be easy.

“Obviously, DaNarius kind of makes things happen and it’s important to try to contain him,” said UCD head coach Bob Biggs. “I think he’s most dangerous when he’s out of the pocket making plays with his feet.”

Still, the Aggie defense it at the top of its game right now after holding South Dakota State to just 12 points on Sept. 15 and posting a similarly impressive performance last week at home when UCD got its first Big Sky win ever, 37-13 over Weber State.

“It was obviously a huge stepping stone for this program getting our first ever Big Sky win in front of a huge crowd,” said defensive end Andrew Benjamin. “It was a really positive note for the season.

“(Defensively), I think we are coached very well,” Benjamin added. “We are just gelling as a squad, everyone kind of likes each other and loves to play with each other. We have a brotherhood on the defense that we just all feed off of.”

Notes: Even though Biggs will retire after the season, his 20th as the Aggie head coach, Rob Ash — his counterpart at Montana State — won’t be taking it easy on him. “I’ve got a ton of respect for Bob Biggs. He’s an outstanding coach and a very highly respected man in our profession and you hate to see guys like that ever have to retire. It’ll be sad to see him go… but at the same time, I’m not going to let him go here with a victory, I’ve still got to compete.” … In addition to the Homecoming festivities, Saturday will feature a reunion for the Block CA student-athlete association. … Schreibeis will miss the contest due to a one-game suspension by the Big Sky for an illegal hit on a defenseless receiver in last week’s win over Southern Utah.

— Reach Chris Saur at [email protected] or (530) 747-8049.

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    CSU trustees name new president at Sac State

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

    Stacie Frerichs named Jay Gerber Award recipient

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    UC Davis lung cancer surgery meets Twitter

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Summit searches for agricultural solutions

    By Felicia Alvarez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Former Davis man gets 9-year term for sword attack

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

    Police still seeking owners of stolen bikes

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Bob Dunning: Everything has a price, or it should

    By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

    Silicon Valley gender discrimination lawsuit goes to jury

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Police call kidnap a hoax, now can’t find California woman

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Apply for library parcel tax exemption by June 1

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Property-tax penalties kick in after April 10

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

    Child abuse conference returns to Davis

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    Arts Centers offers portrait-drawing class

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

    Parenting class meets Tuesdays

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    Posthumous video supports aid-in-dying bill

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    State Senate moves on $1 billion water plan

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    .

    Forum

    This family seems lost

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Creating the university of the 21st Century

    By LInda Katehi | From Page: A8

    Farmers Market went hog-wild

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

     
    Trade deal deserves full scrutiny

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

    Novruz should become a holiday

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Sports

    Devils swimmers find wins against Franklin

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Late surge sends Sheldon softballers past DHS

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Davis girls thrash Grant on the pitch

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    UCD footballers to face Cal in 2019

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Blue Devil boys look great on the links

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Youth soccer: Defense carries Davis Dilemma to a third-place finish

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

    Youth roundup: DART swimmers shine at national championships

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    Sports briefs: Devil boys win big on the tennis court

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B12

    .

    Features

    Point of Brew: About the beer and bicycling universe

    By Michael Lewis | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Arts

    DMTC hosting its sixth annual poker tournament

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

     
    ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ makes for madcap evening

    By Debra DeAngelo | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    Max Raabe returns with elegant songs from the ’20s and ’30s

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics