Portland State felt right at home in stormy Davis, raining 601 yards of total offense on the Aggies in a 41-10 nonconference victory Saturday night. The game was interrupted by a lightning delay.
While the game was tied at one point in the second period, UC Davis (0-4) squandered it first drive of the night, couldn’t cash in on two of three interceptions and missed tackles that led to some long-distance plays for the Vikings.
“We’ve got to do a better job up front,” first-year UCD coach Ron Gould said of his offensive line. “We’re going to revisit (those performances) again. We’re not where (we thought we’d be), primarily on offense. We had lots of missed opportunities again.”
Portland State (3-1) was true to form. Under threatening skies, the Vikings stayed with their potent running game and by halftime had 229 yards rushing.
PSU so far is gaining 612 yards a game and by the final horn saw 427 yards on the ground. Tailback DJ Adams gained 208 yards on 14 carries — a lofty 14.9 average.
Paris Penn had a 70-yard carry as well.
Gould said while he thought his defense played well for the most part, it was again a case of the Aggie offense not sustaining drives and not executing when the opportunity presented itself.
“We had a couple of guys wide open … those are touchdowns,” Gould said. “That could be the ball game if we click.”
But click the Aggies didn’t.
QB Jimmy Laughrea was 20-for-30 for 180 yards passing, but a couple of drops and three misfires set his team back. Three late sacks didn’t help things.
Laughrea’s 48 yards on the ground were a team high. RB Gabe Manzanares scored Davis’ only touchdown, from 7 yards out early in the second period.
For the night, UCD rushed for 121 yards (a 1.9 average). Manzanares finished with 39 yards on 17 lugs.
For all the world, it looked like Davis would take an early lead after moving the opening kickoff down to the PSU 18.
Laughrea’s 8-yard run and 20-yard pass to Tom Hemmingsen were key plays in the drive, marking only the third time this season the Aggies had been inside an opponents’ red zone.
But the Vikings defense stiffened, forcing a fourth missed field-goal attempt this season by Brady Stuart … this time from 36 yards out.
Portland State and UCD traded possessions in that first quarter before Adams ran through two Aggie tackles on a third-and-2 counter — breaking into the clear and going 85 yards for the game’s first tally.
Then came that long-awaited first UCD interception of the year.
Safety Aarynn Jones’ thievery gave the locals super field position at the Vikes’ 43. From there it took only 1:54 and five plays for Manzanares to knot things at 7-7 with a 7-yard run.
As Portland State sat with a first down on their own 31 at 14:48 of the second period, lightning flashed, thunder cracked and referee Kirk Mattson ordered the stadium emptied for a half-hour weather delay.
Thirty-six minutes later, at 7:15 p.m., the crowd of 5,040 was allowed back in and the game resumed.
It was the second weather interruption of a home UCD game at Aggie Stadium. In 2010, the Aggies’ 17-16 win over Sacramento State was stopped for almost 40 minutes due to monsoon-like conditions.
On this night, after the break, Davis immediately held PSU on downs, but UCD went three and out as well.
Davis got its second pick — thanks to Jonathan Perkins’ diving interception of an errant Kieran McDonagh throw near midfield. But it was a gift on which the Aggies didn’t capitalize — and from there, two big runs cost the locals.
Despite a UCD punt pinning PSU at its own 3-yard line, a Paris Penn 70-yard run on second down set up an Adams TD (27 yards) on the next play.
With the two teams trading possessions late in the half, Kyle Loomis’ kicks twice buried the Aggie offense inside their own 5 as intermission arrived with UCD still in the game.
The Vikings put the hammer down in the final 30 minutes.
McDonagh scored two 2-yard TDs and threw to Kasey Closs for additional scores of 14 and 68 yards.
Davis’ only second-half whimper was a 47-yard field goal from Stuart at 3:25 of the third period, his team already trailing 27-7 at the time.
Next up for UCD is Idaho State in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams.
The Bengals (2-1) were handed their tails Saturday, losing 56-0 at Washington.
Game time is 6 p.m.
— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-747-8047.