His players, UC Davis athletic director Terry Tumey, the folks in the press box, family members … they all knew it. That initial victory would be special to first-year Aggie head coach Ron Gould.
But Gould is all about his team and his staff. He deflected most post-game questions about any special feelings after his guys beat Idaho State on Saturday.
“This was the culmination of all the hard work they’re putting in,” he said. “We have these wristbands that say ‘Focus on the process.’
“We have been talking to the guys about faith … faith is believing in something you can’t see.”
On this night, you could see it. Check the Aggie Stadium scoreboard: UCD 30, Idaho State 13.
“Really, hats off to the players. This victory is for these young men,” Gould insisted.
But safety Charles Boyett, quarterback Randy Wright and running back Gabe Manzanares wouldn’t let it go.
In the postgame media mix, Manzanares told the press how good the team felt about “getting Coach G that first win.”
“There are smiles all around,” Wright said after coming off the bench to have one of his better games as a four-year Aggie.
Boyett said the team followed their coach’s direction, trusting the process. He added that all the hard work finally paid off and thanked Gould for everything he’s put into the program in his nine months at the helm.
Gould — with coaching stops at Oregon, Portland State and Boise State — came to UCD from Cal. For 16 seasons, Gould was the Golden Bears’ running backs coach and most recently Jeff Tedford’s right-hand man.
Sept. 28, 2013, will be a day the 47-year-old mentor will fondly look back on, even if he’s not talking publicly about it.
Not on the Aggies’ Watch: Idaho State quarterback Justin Arias had back-to-back 400-yard passing games to open the season and came into Saturday’s contest with 1,008 yards for the season. Bengals wide receiver Cameron Richmond caught 26 passes for 317 yards in those first three games. The ISU passing game ranked seventh (336.7 yards per game) among Football Championship Subdivision squads.
Against the Aggies, Arias managed just 214 passing yards and Richmond was held to three catches for 17 yards.
Potato sacks: Idaho State came into Saturday with 10 sacks in their first three outings. Against UCD, the Bengals could muster only one sack.
UCD now 2-0 vs. ISU: This marked only the second meeting between UCD and Idaho State. The Aggies squeaked out a 52-45 win in their initial encounter last Oct. 13. In that game, UCD RB Colton Silveria rushed for 120 yards, Marquis Nicolis went for 105 and Davis High graduate Courtney Williams — an injury redshirt this fall — scored three times.
This-n-that: With students back on campus, the Aggie Pack — 700-strong with student rooters — brought a new spirit to the Aggie contest. … Pint is the Aggies’ tee-fetching dog. Finally, he earned his keep as UCD’s Brady Stuart kicked off seven times Saturday. Stuart also was two-for-three on field goals.
— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at email@example.com or 747-8047.