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Creadick\’s 3 TDs lift Aggies

By November 6, 2010

Special to the Enterprise

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Sean Creadick prefers quality over quantity.

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The senior wide receiver for UC Davis has been on a tear, catching 43 passes for 569 yards in his previous five games.

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On Saturday, he had only four grabs — but three went for touchdowns as the Aggies kept their hopes for a winning season alive with a 35-16 Great West Football Conference victory at North Dakota.

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“Touchdowns are always better,” Creadick said with a wide grin when asked if he preferred volume over value.

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Redshirt freshman quarterback Randy Wright\’s three scoring passes to Creadick, and a fourth to Stephen Dunstan, had a familiar look. All came on plays where the receiver slipped behind

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the Fighting Sioux secondary. Creadick\’s grabs were from distances of 18, 50 and 30 yards, while Dunstan\’s, a 39-yarder, was on the game\’s opening drive.

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Wright said two of the touchdowns came on coverage mistakes, and the others by taking advantage of UND\’s run-conscious safeties.

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“They brought a lot of pressure and we were able to take some shots long at the right time,” said Wright, who completed 19-of-28 passes for a career-high 286 yards. “Our coaches had it down pretty good when they were going to bring pressure.”

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The fast-strike offense almost brought a reminiscing tear to UCD head coach Bob Biggs\’ eye.

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“Traditionally, we\’ve been a big-play offense,” he said. “But only in the last three weeks this season, have we been able to hit the big plays. With a freshman quarterback, it took some time.”

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Although the Aggie offense provided the highlights,

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the defense supplied the touchdown that broke it open. Defensive tackle Brock Galvin fell on a fumbled snap in the end zone to give UCD a 28-16 advantage late in the third quarter. It was the Aggies\’ first two-score lead.

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“We\’ve been looking for a complete game all year,” Biggs said, after UCD snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 2-1 in the Great West and 4-5 overall. “This wasn\’t exactly complete, but we got the big plays on both sides of the ball that we haven\’t been getting. The

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defensive touchdown was especially pleasing.

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“All in all, I\’m very pleased.”

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If the Aggies win their remaining two games, they\’ll secure their 39th winning record in the past 41 seasons.

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The game was less than three minutes old, when UCD claimed a lead it would never lose. On the seventh play of the opening drive, Wright found Dunstan alone for a 7-0 lead. Creadick\’s first touchdown provided a 14-6 halftime cushion.

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The Aggies defense repeatedly stiffened in their own territory, forcing four field-goal attempts. Sioux kicker Zeb Miller made three of them, including a chip shot with 2:19 left in the third quarter to pull the Sioux within 21-16.

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“Holding teams to field goals is huge psychologically, for both your defense and your offense,” Biggs said. “We\’ve bent but not broken all year except for the game against Southern Utah.”

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Biggs said he didn\’t lose confidence in his defense after the 55-24 shellacking at the hands of Southern Utah last week at Aggie Stadium.

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“UND and Southern Utah are totally different teams,” he said. “Southern Utah is a veteran team with veteran receivers who can really hurt you. UND wants to run first and doesn\’t have the

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experience at wide receiver.”

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Trailing by five points, UND got the ball back on its own 13 with a chance to take the lead, but backup QB Marcus Hendrickson fumbled the snap on the first play and Galvin flopped on it after a mad scramble.

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The Fighting Sioux didn\’t get closer than the UCD 42 after that.

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“It was just one of those days that is tough to live with,” UND head coach Chris Mussman said. “You kick a field goal and it hits the upright. You fumble a good snap in your end zone. You run a fake punt when it wasn\’t called.”

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