Friday, April 18, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Stop pass-happy North Dakota is Aggies’ challenge Saturday

By
From page B1 | November 15, 2013 | Leave Comment

The late Ohio State coach Woody Hayes used to say, “Only three things can happen when you throw the football — and two of them are bad.”

When North Dakota visits UC Davis on Saturday, it will pit UND’s high-flying passing attack against the Aggies’ Big Sky Conference-best aerial defense.

Something has to give, and UCD hopes to validate Hayes’ credo by making life miserable for North Dakota redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Bartels.

Ranked 17th in the Football Championship Subdivision in passing, UND throws for 275 yards a game.

In logging back-to-back 300-yard passing games and leading his team to a 24-21 win over Northern Colorado last week, Bartels has come off the bench recently to have UND (3-7, 2-5 Big Sky Conference) playing its best football of the season.

“I’m impressed with their quarterback,” Aggie coach Ron Gould told The Enterprise, adding that getting to Bartels quickly will be a key.

In Greg Hardin (49 catches for 879 yards and four scores) and Kenny Golladay (59-691, six TDs), North Dakota has two of the division’s top receivers — and they are carpet-burners.

The two former prep track standouts will force UCD to pressure up front. The longer Bartels has had to throw, the more separation Hardin and Golladay have been getting.

But this year, passing teams have met their match against the locals.

Allowing only 179 yards through the air each outing, the Aggies’ league-best pass defenders also are ranked 17th in the FCS.

That’s a remarkable number given the responsibility of the UCD secondary in a run defense that has allowed a bunch of ground yards — 2,123, to be exact.

Aggie junior safety Charles Boyett leads all tacklers (75), but he’s also managed to intercept a pass, defend eight others while forcing two fumbles.

His right-hand man, senior Aarynn Jones, has 54 tackles, two picks and 10 passes knocked away.

UCD cornerbacks Jonathan Perkins and Dre Allen have combined for 58 stops, each has an interception and Perkins has a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal attempt against Southern Utah.

Shamawn Wright and Patrick Wells have provided welcome/efficient breaks for the starting secondary as doing double duty in run support and providing stifling coverage can be taxing.

Fortunately, the Aggie offense often finds a way to keep the ball for long periods of time.

“We’ve done a great job protecting the ball and sustaining drives,” Gould said during his team’s recent bye week.

With Bartels’ recent efficiency — and UND’s inability to run the ball (83 yards a game) — look for UCD (3-7, 3-3) to disguise deep coverage and start some series in nickel or dime coverages.

North Dakota’s Jake Miller is the visitors’ leading rusher (445), but the team averages less than three yards a carry.

Conversely, the Aggies’ bread-and-butter is running it down opponents’ throats.

With RB Gabe Manzanares going for 114.6 ypg (11th in FCS), even casual fans can see the writing on the Aggie Stadium wall — feed Manzanares, ask QB Randy Wright to convert short passes and play keep-away, something UCD does well (averaging 31:37 in time of possession and only 14 turnovers).

The outing marks the final home game of 2013 and the Aggies will tip their collective helmet to their 15 seniors. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Among those saying adieu to UCD fans will be defensive end Nick King.

The veteran defensive end and captain has been brilliant. His six sacks are among the Big Sky leaders, he has 52 tackles (6.5 for 31 yards in losses), has recovered a fumble and has knocked away two passes.

Gould has called King the heart and soul of his defense and expects the 6-foot-3, 248-pound Mill Valley native to play some of his best football down the stretch as the Aggies attempt to better last season’s 4-7 mark with wins against North Dakota and Nov. 23 at Sacramento State.

Notes: WR Tom Hemmingsen, another valuable senior, has a career-high-matching 50 catches for 522 yards and two scores. For his time in Davis, the Monte Vista (Danville) High product has 1,284 yards and 12 TDs. … Randy Wright is the Aggie career leader in passing attempts and completions. He is only the second Aggie is go past 8,000 yards total offense. He’s started 39 games since his freshman baptism. … Scott Marsh and Doug Kelly will provide Saturday’s radio coverage with pregame comments and interviews starting at 3:30 p.m. (KHTK 1140 AM). … Scoring only 15.9 points a game, that figure gets UCD a 113th ranking among FCS squads. … Junior linebacker Steven Pitts is second on the Aggies with 57 tackles. He also has seven stops for losses, has sacked three QBs, recovered a fumble, forced a fumble and defended three passes. … About its 3-7 record, North Dakota has lost to five FCS ranked teams. 

— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at bgallaudet@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8047.

Bruce Gallaudet

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Recent Posts

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

  • .

    News

     
    Chuck Rairdan joins school board race

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1, 1 Comment

    Going green at church, school, everywhere

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

     
    Former caretaker convicted of murder, elder abuse

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1, 3 Comments | Gallery

    Old friend helps Brad and others find kidneys

    By Dave Jones | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    For the record

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

     
    UCD to host Global Health Day event

    By Cory Golden | From Page: A2

    Ukraine insurgents reject call to quit buildings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2, 2 Comments

     
    Need a new best friend?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    ‘Hitchhiking’ dog looking for new home

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Volunteers needed for Grad Night

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Davis grad makes rain collection a business

    By Jason McAlister | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    A few spots left on history tour

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Chipotle fundraiser boosts Emerson tech upgrade

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Event to provide nature scholarship

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Online K-12 school holds info night

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Volkssporting Club plans North Davis walks

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Schwenger lawn signs available

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

     
    Students have new options on leasing front

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Groups join for a day of service

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    NAMI backers walk in Sacramento

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    Food for the hungry

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10

    .

    Forum

    Dad makes mom look bad

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

     
    UCD IS responsible for students

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

    In search of great ideas

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

     
    Please keep the nursery open

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Early help is a great investment

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    More tax money? Answer the question

    By Rich Rifkin | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

    .

    Sports

    Fox coming to UCD; Riffle heads to Florida

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

     
    DHS’ Golston goes full-bore on the diamond

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Devils show more life in loss to Mitty

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Sharks double up Kings in Game 1

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

    Aggies lose a slugfest in opener at Riverside

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    DYSA roundup: Intensity has big week; 10U games dominate schedule

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Sports briefs: Aggies set the academic bar high

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

     
    Pro baseball roundup: Susac sends Sacramento to a rare loss

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘Transcendence’: A whole new level of tedium

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    ‘The Bloom’ paves way for Whole Earth Festival

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    DHS tribute to Tony Fields slated for April 25-26

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    UCD, city team up for Music on the Green

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    .

    Business

    Ford turns its Focus to domestic market

    By Ali Arsham | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, April 18, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Real Estate Review

    Featured Listing

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER1

    Professional Services Directory

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER2

    Lyon Real Estate

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER3

    Jamie Madison

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

    Yolo FCU

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

    Acacia at Huntington Square

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

    Travis Credit Union

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER5

    Kim Eichorn

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER6

    Suzanne Kimmel

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER6

    Lynne Wegner

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER7

    Kim Merrel Lamb

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER7

    Chris Snow

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER8

    Patricia Echevarria

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER8

    Sheryl Patterson

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

    Don Guthrie

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

    Andrew Dowling

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

    Coldwell Banker

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER10

    Coldwell Banker

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER11

    Julie Partain & Dick Partain

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER12

    Heather Barnes

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER12

    Malek Baroody

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER13

    Karen Waggoner

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER14

    Willowbank Park

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER14

    Julie Leonard

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER15

    Tim Harrison

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER15

    Team Traverso

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER15

    Tracy Harris

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER16

    Lori Prizmich

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER16

    Raul Zamora

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER17

    Joe Kaplan

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER17

    Coldwell Banker

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER18

    Open House Map

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER19

    F1rst Street Real Estate

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER20