UCD NOTEBOOK: Wright shows poise

By September 23, 2010

Special to the Enterprise

SAN DIEGO Ñ Easing right in isnÕt exactly the way to describe Randy WrightÕs tenure as UC DavisÕ starting quarterback.

A 52-3 loss at Cal followed by a 41-33 defeat at the hands of Portland State in successive weeks is more like getting thrown into the fire. But the 6-foot-3 redshirt freshman got into a bit of a groove in his third game and the result was a 38-24 win over University of San Diego on Saturday.

Wright completed 14 of 23 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns but, more importantly, throwing two picks didnÕt faze him.

ÒIÕm definitely getting more confident and comfortable as the days go on,Ó he said. ÒThe other guys see me in the huddle and see me taking snaps, and the more games I get under my belt, the more confident IÕll get.Ó

His confidence had to be soaring after running a successful two-minute drill before the end of the first half. Wright needed just seven plays and 1:41 to drive UCD 60 yards before he hooked up with Stephen Dunstan on a pretty 22-yard touchdown pass.

Wright completed 5-of-6 passes on the drive and showed his ability to stay cool while racing against the clock.

USD defensive end Mario Kurn sacked Wright twice, but didnÕt frustrate the rhythm that had been established in the pocket.

ÒHe got hit a lot and he keeps coming back,Ó UCD head coach Bob Biggs said. ÒThatÕs part of playing quarterback. You have to be able to take the hits.Ó

Certainly, Biggs and his staff wonÕt hesitate to dial long distance after Wright heaved a 38-yard TD to tight end Dean Rogers in the first quarter. Despite hitting his funny bone before the half, Wright missed just one play in the second half, returned to the game and appeared to be fine.

Nice haul: Wideouts Sean Creadick and Dean Rogers were among WrightÕs favorite targets. Creadick had a team-high five receptions and he tallied 67 yards. Sophomore Anthony Soto nabbed four balls for 30 yards and Rogers had four catches for 71 yards.

USDÕs Godfrey Smith was the ToreroÕs most potent weapon as he had game-highs of nine catches and 174 yards. His 44-yard TD in the second quarter put the Toreros on the board.

Flags a-flying: Coming into the San Diego game, UCD ranked second among FCS schools in penalties (two) and sixth nationally in fewest penalty yardage (44). That all changed with the AggiesÕ 10 flags for a cool 100 yards against San Diego. Biggs was clearly irked by that.

Baller in the house: Former UCD quarterback and current San Diego Charger J.T. OÕSullivan took in the game from the sideline, holding his young son. In all, the Aggie fan

contingent was quite strong among the paid attendance of 2,562.

SoCal sojourn: It was a nice homecoming for the members of the Aggies who grew up in the San Diego area. Among them DE Bobby Erskine, RB Corbin Cutshaw, OL Ivan Perez and safety Jeff Freeman. Erskine and Perez sat out the game with injuries.

Just kickinÕ it: Aggie junior kicker Sean Kelley hit a 35-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to give UCD a 31-17 advantage. The Great West Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year is 4-for-4 on the season and has nailed 8-of-9 PATs.

C. Colton

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