Friday, April 24, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

UCD eats the Fighting Sioux for brunch

By
November 6, 2010 |

Special to the Enterprise

\n

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The decibel level was considerably lower this time. But the UC Davis football team had something else to deal with Saturday.

\n

Basically, they were playing football at brunch time. The game started at noon in North Dakota, which is 10 a.m. by the Aggies\’ body clocks.

\n

“I\’m glad we were playing inside a dome because then we couldn\’t tell what time it was,” joked linebacker Dozie Amajoyi, who led UCD in tackles with eight and recovered a fumble in the Aggies\’ 35-16 victory over the Fighting Sioux. “We got up today at 6 a.m. our time and bed check (Friday night) was 9 p.m. our time. It was tough.”

\n

Amajoyi said players didn\’t dwell on the jet lag and time-zone peculiarities. Instead, he said, they turned the negative into a positive.

\n

“The trip was our motivation for winning,” he said. “We didn\’t want to spend 3-4 hours on an airplane, go through all these strange time things and then lose. Then we would have gone through it all for no reason.

\n

\”We didn\’t want to come out here in vain.”

\n

Saturday\’s outcome was far different from the only other time UCD played in Grand Forks. In the 2001 NCAA Division II semifinals, the Sioux defeated the Aggies, 14-2.

\n

It was a rough day for the UCD offense, specifically NFL-bound quarterback J.T. O\’Sullivan. The

\n

offense didn\’t score, shaken by a strong defense that went on to claim the national title and a sellout crowd that roared before every Aggie snap.

\n

The Aggies suffered eight penalties for moving prior to the snap that day, and the fan noise made other communication difficult, too.

\n

“You literally could not hear yourself talk,” UCD head coach Bob Biggs remembered.

\n

On Saturday, the Alerus Center was perhaps half-full to watch a team that would be 3-6 by mid-afternoon. And, with little to play for except pride as the team goes through the purgatory

\n

of the transition to Division I, the fan enthusiasm cup was less than half-full.

\n

The Aggies, who went through the transition from 2003-06, could relate.

\n

“There was an entirely different environment out there today,” Biggs said. “Their program is going through growing pains.

\n

“Transition is very difficult. Every game is a challenge. And, unfortunately, fans are fickle.”

\n

Amajoyi enjoyed the quiet — and everything else about Saturday\’s game, even its early start.

\n

“Any time you can put on a helmet is a good time, no matter what time of day it is,” he said.

\n

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

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

  • .

    News

     
    Water and power have a troubling interdependency

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    New design submitted for conference center

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Los Angeles march to commemorate Armenian killings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Hostage deaths a reminder of risk of ‘deadly mistakes’

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Bob Dunning: Fairness is an afterthought for them

    By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

     
    Got bikes? Donate ‘em!

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Need a new best friend?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    Beginning tai chi classes start May 5

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    College Night set April 30 at DHS

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Walkers head out three times weekly

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4Comments are off for this post

    Tour of co-ops precedes Sacramento conference

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    School board hears report on health services

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A5

    Explorit: Celebrate International Astronomy Day

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    Learn basics of composting in Woodland

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    Mamajowali will perform at benefit house concert

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

     
    BeerFest expands to include cider

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    Winkler Dinner raises funds for enology, viticulture activities

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8 | Gallery

     
    Raptor Center welcomes visitors at May 2 open house

    By Trina Wood | From Page: A8 | Gallery

    Take a peek at region’s past at Tremont Mite Society’s social

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8 | Gallery

     
    Mapping where human action is causing earthquakes

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: A9

    Hummingbird health: Appreciating the little things

    By Kat Kerlin | From Page: A12 | Gallery

     
    .

    Forum

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: B4

     
    The fight for gender pay equity

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

     
    Thanks for supporting the arts

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    Bike Swap another success

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

     
    Drink is a tasteless insult

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    It’s a depressing beat

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    .

    Sports

    Reeling Blue Devils stop skid against Sheldon

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Aggie Spring Game environment will up the gridiron fun factor

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Rare DHS track loss still full of highlights

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Lehner talks about the UCD student-athlete experience

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

     
    DYSA roundup: Lester, Osborne lead Storm over Dixon

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

    Lady Demons’ fundraiser a smash hit

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    Pro baseball roundup: River Cats lose their fourth straight

    By Staff and wire reports | From Page: B12

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

     
    ‘Ex Machina': The perils of playing God

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A10 | Gallery

    Ceramicist works will be featured at The Artery

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    .

    Business

    Chamber expands Korean sister-city opportunities

    By Felicia Alvarez | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Car Care: Tips for buying your first ATV

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B6

    Subaru goes rear-wheel drive with sporty BRZ coupe

    By Ann M. Job | From Page: B7 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Valente Forrest Dolcini

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Whitney Joy Engler

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, April 24, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B5