UC Davis Aggies snapped their three-game losing streak with a 48-24 win over Cal Poly, in front of 11,194 fans, the largest crowd in the 13-year history of UC Davis Health Stadium. The win moves UC Davis record to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the Big Sky Conference.
UC Davis jumped out to a 34-0 lead, but Cal Poly started to close the gap a bit, scoring 24 unanswered points. Driving to make it a one-score game, Aggies linebacker Nick Eaton intercepted a pitch, which was called a fumble recovery, and took it 78 yards for a touchdown to put the game away.
Jake Maier played an excellent game for the Aggies; he threw for 378 yards on 23 of 36 passing. Maier also threw four touchdown passes; one was 55-yard pass to Khris Vaughn. Also, Maier did not turn the ball over in this game, which is a big plus for the Aggies, who had turnover problems in the last few weeks. Maier also threw to eight different receivers during the game.
Ulonzo Gilliam Jr.
Gilliam had an excellent game; he rushed for 152 yards on 22 carries, he added one touch down and averaged 6.9 per rush in the game. Gilliam also had three catches for 43 yards and one receiving touchdown. It was nice to see Gilliam more involved in the offense; the Aggies will need to utilize him more to close the season well. The Aggie’s running back registered UC Davis longest play from scrimmage this season with a 56-yard run on the opening drive for the Aggies.
With Carson Crawford out due to injury, the Aggies needed someone to step up in the receiving core, and that was Khris Vaughn. Vaughn caught eight passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns. He will be Maier go-to receiver with Crawford being out.
King played well against a team that runs a lot of option plays and force your cornerbacks to tackle. King finished with 12 total tackles and two tackles for a loss. I was impressed by King’s physical play and willingness to stick his head in there and make tackles.
Eaton finished the game with seven tackles, four tackles for a loss and one sack. Eaton also had the play of the game for the Aggies with his 78-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown to put the game away for the Aggies.