Friday, October 24, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

UCD suffers a reversal of fortune

0915ucddefenseW

UCD's Steven Pitts (33) and Patrick Wells (29) combine to tackle NAU standout Zach Bauman on Saturday but the Lumberjacks defeated the Aggies, 21-10, at Aggie Stadium. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

By
From page B1 | September 15, 2013 |

Life — and apparently football games — can turn on a dime.

Looking like it was on its way to its first victory of the season, UC Davis (0-3) coughed up two interceptions for late touchdowns and lost to visiting Northern Arizona, 21-10, at Aggie Stadium on Saturday.

A hopeful home-opening crowd of 4,932 saw the Aggies nursing a 10-7 lead with less than 10 minutes left when, suddenly, disaster struck.

Lumberjack Lucky Dozier picked off a fourth-quarter Jimmy Laughrea pass and went 78 yards to turn the tide with 9:05 left.

With time waning, it was Marcus Alford whose 47-yard interception return gave NAU its final margin of victory.

It was a loss that cuts to the quick …

“It’s amazing (our) kids. They continue to fight. You can see it in their eyes, the belief that I’ve been talking about,” a reflective and deeply disappointed UCD coach Ron Gould told The Enterprise after the game. “The energy from the kids, coming on and off the field. … They just kept saying, ‘Coach, we got it. Coach, we got it.’ ”

In the end, they didn’t.

Despite out-rushing No. 24/25 Northern Arizona (91-66), despite more passing yardage (154-125), despite an advantage in time of possession (31:48-27:03), even though it collected three sacks and did a better job converting third downs than NAU, UCD took a pair of lightning bolts to the psyche with those two interceptions.

“I have a good group of young men, who played their hearts out,” Gould, a former Cal assistant, continued. “I know I’ve said this, that we’re close … and we are.”

The Aggies started slow, but eventually looked like they had put things together.

After gaining 32 yards on their first possession, the Lumberjacks (1-1) drive stalled when UCD defensive end Nick King sacked quarterback Kyren Poe and defensive linemen Anthony Kaspar and Marques Barron shut in Zach Bauman for a one-yard gain. A third-down dropped pass forced the NAU’s first punt.

However, both Aggie possessions fizzled in the initial quarter. In fact, UCD gained only 16 yards on its first 14 plays of the night.

The Lumberjacks got on the board first when tight end Dejzon Walker caught a 3-yard pass from Poe at 8:09 into the contest.

It wasn’t until a second-period swing pass from Laughrea to Gabe Manzanares went for 36 yards — finally putting the locals in Northern Arizona territory — that the Aggies made offensive noise.

Immediately after the big hook-up, Manzanares went 14 yards, then Laughrea showed his mobility …

Rolling right, there was nothing doing. Picking up a key block from center Jay Luchetti, the former Rocklin High QB reversed field and, with a convoy from Manzanares, went untouched for a 23-yard score.

Brady Stuart’s extra point tied the game.

Brilliant run support from the Aggie secondary bottled Bauman (56 yards rushing) and the two Big Sky members (in a nonconference meeting) were tied 7-7 at intermission.

But that inspired UCD play came with a cost …

Right corner Jonathan Perkins was injured while stopping Bauman cold on a second-down play late in the first period. Then later, left corner Dre Allen was shaken up and came out.

However, this is a deeeeep secondary. Replacing Perkins for a few plays, sophomore Patrick Wells made two sparkling tackles — twice getting Bauman for losses.
Both Allen and Perkins would return.

Speaking of Bauman, on the final play of the half, Bauman managed four yards and established the Lumberjacks career rushing mark (at that point the senior had 52 yards Saturday and 3,799 overall).

The mark lasted about 20 minutes until Nick King and Ryan Dimino nailed Bauman for a 3-yard loss on the back’s first carry of the second half (Bauman later reclaimed the record, finishing at 3,803 lifetime).

That play was integral in stopping NAU — and setting up the Aggies at their 47 for a 45-yard drive that resulted in Stuart’s 25-yard field goal.

It was Stuart’s first success field goal in four tries this season, and it also marked UCD’s first lead of 2013 at 10-7.

But Lumberjack pressure hurt the Aggies in the second half. Gould said picking up the blitz and making sure the pass rush doesn’t leak around the ends is something his team will work hard on in practice next week.

“A couple of times … it was poor technique,” the coach said of the NAU pass rush which got to Laughrea twice and forced him into a 16-for-33 night with the two game-changing interceptions.

Next up for UCD is another home game with Portland State (2-1) at 6 p.m.

Notes: It’s the first time since 1965 that the Aggies have started 0-3. … Tavior Mowry rushed for 45 yards and Manzanares had 44 as the locals continue to search for an identity on offense. Tom Hemmingsen (50 yards) and Corey Galindo (34 yards) each had four catches. … Northern Arizona’s Poe completed 15-of-26 passes for 125 yards. … Saturday was the first time since a 2006 game against Montana State that UCD had held an opponent under 200 yards total offense.

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

Comments

comments

Bruce Gallaudet

  • Recent Posts

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

  • .

    News

    A-Z: Downtown Davis is the place to celebrate

    By Kimberly Yarris | From Page: C1

     
    Courageous Thompson tapped for cycling shrine

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    UC researchers: How low-water can our landscapes go?

    By Katie F. Hetrick | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Testimony begins in Winters murder trial

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Hong Kong protesters to vote on staying in streets

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Cloud business lifts Microsoft’s quarterly results

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Host families needed for students and teachers from Mexico

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

    Halloween Dance set Friday for teens

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Yoga and chanting workshop planned

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Downtown menu: coffee, boba tea, dessert

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: C3

     
    Can you give them a home?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Scientists work to save endangered desert mammal

    By Kat Kerlin | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    ‘Homeopathy at Home’ program planned

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Celebrate origami at Davis library

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Garden sale and open house features water-wise demos

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: C4

    Meet Poppenga at dog park Sunday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Day of the Dead folk art class set

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Flea Market planned Sunday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Enjoy A Taste of Capay at historic ranch

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Red-hot tunes set at Blues Harvest

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Learn how to fill a cornucopia with flowers

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Video highlights Props. 1 and 2

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Bay Bridge art project needs $4 million to keep shining

    By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Weir honored, a year early

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    For a good cause

    By Fred Gladdis | From Page: A6

    Americans, internationals make connections

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

     
    Explorit: Poison-proof your home with free lecture

    By Lisa Justice | From Page: A6

    Sutter auxiliary seeks volunteers

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    School board hopefuls discuss homework policy

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A7

    Walkers welcome to join Sierra Club outings

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Project Linus seeks donations

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    .

    Forum

    The magic is long gone

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Subs have other concerns

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

    What’s next with Ebola?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    More theories on the abstention

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Rights beget responsibilities

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Water returns to its source

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    A solution to the drought

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Experience nature’s treasures

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    .

    Sports

    Aggies expect a bonny meeting in Sacramento

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

     
    DHS footballers take on Pleasant Grove

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Bye No. 2 comes at perfect time for nicked-up UCD

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Shhh. Are Aggie women BWC’s best-kept secret?

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

    Bump, set, playoffs: Blue Devil girls clinch spot in postseason

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    UCD roundup: Preseason awards roll in for Aggie hoopster Hawkins

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    Sharks suffer from road woes

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B12

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    DMTC plans ‘My Fair Lady’

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

     
    Czech Philharmonic Orchestra to perform

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    Calling all artists for upcoming show

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    ‘St. Vincent:’ Quite a character

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    Rumpledethumps to play at Village Homes Performers’ Circle

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    .

    Business

     
    Car Care: Five things to ask yourself when shopping for a new vehicle

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B7

    .

    Obituaries

    Lewis Melvin Dudman

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Ann Foley Scheuring

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, October 24, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B3