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UCD notebook: Coaches positive about FCS schools ‘playing up’

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From page B1 | August 31, 2014 |

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UCD running back Justin Williams picks up a few of his team-high 36 yards during Saturday's 45-0 loss at Stanford. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

Saturday’s 45-0 loss at The Farm represented the 10th consecutive time UC Davis has played a Football Bowl Subdivision school at least once in its season.

The Aggies have a 2-9 record — going back to the 20-17 upset of Stanford in 2005. UCD also nipped San Jose State, 14-13, in 2010.

Along the way, the locals have played Hawaii, Texas Christian, Arizona State, Cal and Boise State (ranked No. 5 when the Aggies fought valiantly but lost 34-16 in 2009).

But the score in most of the games has been a lot to a little, and because of that Aggie coach Ron Gould was asked if “playing up” is still a good idea for Football Championship Subdivision squads.

Stanford coach David Shaw earlier in the week said he wants to see series like UCD-Stanford continue — and Gould concurs …

“I think it’s good for our program. I think it’s good for our kids. It sets the tone for where we want to go and what we want to build.

“I told coach Shaw (Saturday) that I have so much respect for him and his program.

“We, too, aspire to be the Stanford of the FCS. It’s great for the team to see the environment and play against (teams like the Cardinal).”

Oh yeah, one more thing: that $350,000 payday from Stanford University didn’t hurt.

New, old faces in the backfield: With last season’s leading rusher Gabe Manzanares (foot) watching from the sideline, ol’ friend Colton Silveria returned to tailback duty (34 yards on nine carries) while redshirt freshman Justin Williams (El Camino High of Oceanside) got a baptism by fire: 11 lugs for 36 yards. Flanker Jermale Jefferson startled fans by opening the game lined up in the backfield and taking the Aggies’ first two rushing attempts of 2014.

Also a freshman, the speedy little Jefferson (5-10, 172) from Dorsey High had three carries for 19 yards and caught two passes for minus-2 yards.

Silveria, now a senior, gained a combined 1,160 yards as UCD’s leading rusher two and three seasons ago.

Boy, oh, Boyett: He picked up right where he left off …

Safety Charles Boyett, the senior by way of Napa High, led the Aggies in tackles Saturday at Stanford.

His nine stops were just another day at the office, as Boyett led UCD in 2013 with 86 tackles.

Fellow safety Patrick Graham and corner Patrick Wells had five tackles apiece Saturday while linebackers Steven Pitts and Travon Brooks finished with four each and Brooks and Jordan Hoyt shared a sack. Luke Wood recorded a solo sack.

Lots of Cardinal numbers: Stanford recorded the program’s 700th victory Saturday. In its 120th season playing the game, the Cardinal is 700-460-52 overall. … Shaw is 35-7 as he starts 1-0 in his fifth campaign at The Farm. … A second-period extra point by place kicker Jordan Williamson made him Stanford’s all-time leader scorer. He finished the game with 294 points, passing mid-1990s kicker Eric Abrams.

Out early: Wide receiver T.J. King, the senior from Bishop O’Dowd High, went down with a right ankle injury in the first half. He did not return. Sophomore defensive tackle Inoke Raikadroka also left the game with an ankle injury. Gould said it was too early to comment on the severity of either player’s mishaps.

— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or 530-320-4456.

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