Review Category : Football

Sit-down with head football coach Ron Gould

In head coach Ron Gould’s second year at UC Davis, the Aggies finished a disappointing 2-8. The Aggies’ defense struggled significantly throughout the season, allowing opposing offenses to run rampant. Still, sophomore quarterback Ben Scott, junior receiver Ramon Vargas and senior running back Gabe Manzanares all made their season debuts several games into the season and led an offensive resurgence.   The California Aggie was able to catch up with Gould after the 2014 season ended to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the team, the emergence of Scott and his plans for the team going forward.   The Aggie: Overall, where do you think the strong points and weak points were for the team this season? Ron Gould: Some of the strong points: the way our offense finished up with Ben Scott coming back and Ramon Vargas. Those guys did a great job hooking up; I think the last half of the season we averaged about 31 points per game and about 500 yards of offense (after 19 points... ...

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The Gould standard

The offense shined during the spring scrimmage as the Aggies closed out their spring football practice. Incoming senior London Lacy led all quarterbacks with 280 passing yards and two touchdown receptions. Lacy is battling with sophomore Ben Scott and senior Turner Baty for the starting position next year. “Overall, I thought the offense did really well. We came out and started pretty fast and executed,” Lacy said. “I give thanks to my o-line and my receivers and running backs for just being there and executing for me. The defense gave us a lot of good looks but overall I thought it was a good day.” Lacy and the offense found rhythm early on, scoring a total of five touchdowns. The offense’s first play was an 11-yard pass to senior wideout T.J. King. King stood out in his performance and led all receivers with 83 yards and one touchdown in five receptions. The running game also triumphed over the defense, gaining 172 yards and scoring three touchdowns. Senior fullback Dalton Turay... ...

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Aggie football to start Goulden era

As the Aggies took their celebratory kneel down in a 34-27 victory against Sacramento State in the 59th annual Causeway Classic, Bob Biggs could not have found a better way to end his 20-year run as UC Davis football head coach. “I do not really know when everything hit me,” said Biggs. “When we took a knee, the world seemed to go by so fast, but slow at the same time. I thought, ‘Wow, this is coming to an end,’ and I wanted to take it all in. It was emotional for the players as well. There are no words to say how much gratitude I have.” As Biggs ends his coaching career at Davis; leaving behind a career record of 144-85-1, finishing with a 16-4 record of the Causeway Classic, 2009 Great West Conference Coach of the Year, and coaching the Aggies from Division II to the Big Sky Conference, his legacy will be forever etched in Davis lore. Now, newly selected Ron Gould must take the reins of... ...

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UC Berkeley football coach fired

UC Berkeley fired its football coach, Jeff Tedford, on Tuesday after the Bears fizzled out to close a forgettable 2012 season. California concluded its season 3-9, which was Tedford’s worst record in his 11-year stint as head coach. The Bears had a strong optimistic outlook on the season, with the newly renovated Memorial Stadium that cost the Bears $321 million. UC Berkeley’s season didn’t look so bad seven games into the season, when it stood with a 3-4 conference record that included a 43-17 thrashing of then-No. 25 UCLA, who has since gone on to win the South Division of the Pac-12 conference and taken the No. 15 spot. The Bears proceeded to fall in their final five games, outscored 212-74 over that stretch. Oregon State put the Bears out of their misery with a 62-14 win to conclude the disappointing 2012 Bears campaign. California closed the season 2-7 in conference with a 3-9 record overall. This was the second of only two losing seasons for the Bears under Tedford,... ...

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UC Davis beats Sac State 34-27 in Biggs’ last game

Coming into a rivalry game, everyone knows to expect the unexpected. However, it is hard to imagine anyone was prepared for the thrilling and emotional game that marked the last game of UC Davis head coach Bob Biggs’ 20-year career. In a game that included back-to-back interceptions, trick plays and multiple two-point conversions, the UC Davis Aggies came out on top with a 34-27 win over rival Sacramento State Hornets. The 59th annual Causeway Classic was anything but a typical regular-season game, as it marked the end of an era led by head coach Bob Biggs. It was also the end of UC Davis’ first season in their new conference, the Big Sky, where they went 3-5 and finished their overall season record at 4-7. Before the game started, Aggie Stadium showed a brief video dedication to coach Biggs that was followed by a standing ovation from the crowd. “Since it was his last game, it was on the minds of the quarterbacks a lot. I just wanted to go... ...

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59th Annual Causeway Classic Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Sacramento State Records: Aggies, 3-7 (2-5); Hornets, 6-4 (4-3) Where: Aggie Stadium — Davis, Calif. When: Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Who to Watch: Although all the action will be down on the field, everyone will be focused on Coach Bob Biggs, who is coaching the final game of his 20 year-long career. After announcing his retirement earlier this year, everyone has circled this game on their calendars as one of the most important games in UC Davis history. Coach Biggs boasts a 15-4 record in this rivalry and will seek to extend his current winning streak to three games in this rivalry. Did you know? The last five matchups between these two teams have been decided by ten points or less. This series has always brought out the best of both teams, making the games close and exciting all the way to the end. UC Davis leads the series 41-18 and will try to continue their dominance in this rivalry with another victory this week. Preview:... ...

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Column: Almost there

The end is near. The UC Davis football team will play its final game this Saturday, and it will mark the last showing for the Aggies in the season that will conclude coach Bob Biggs’ career. UC Davis stands at 3-7 overall with a 2-5 record in its new conference, the Big Sky. At first glance this record is rather underwhelming. But so is Yoda. This has been the Aggies’ premier season in their new conference, and their performance should hardly be counted as a failure. Let’s break down this record, and maybe we’ll find that the UC Davis football season has, in fact, been an encouraging one. Most recently, UC Davis was taken down by Eastern Washington, a Big Sky opponent. The Aggies dropped a 31-28 decision to the sixth-ranked team in the Football Championship Subdivision that could have easily swung the other way. UC Davis had an opportunity when freshman kicker Brady Stuart lined up for a 52-yard field goal attempt with less than a minute to play.... ...

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UC Davis football comes up short against Eastern Washington

Entering the last road game of head football coach Bob Bigg’s career, the Aggies were determined to try and upset the sixth-ranked team in the nation, Eastern Washington. The Aggies led 28-24 in the middle of the fourth quarter but could not respond when Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams rushed for a touchdown with 8:13 left on the clock. With the score at 31-28, the Aggies tried a 52-yard field goal at the 41-second mark to tie up the game, but the attempt was blocked. This was the fourth game this year the Aggies lost by one possession or less. “Another tough loss, it’s been the story of the year,” Biggs said. “We were back to playing really spirited and tough football today but it’s a shame for the players and coaches who have worked so hard.” The Aggies fell into an early deficit, trailing 14-3 at the end of the first quarter before the Aggies scored 22 unanswered points in the second quarter. “We were down early but we... ...

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Football Preview

Teams: UC Davis at Eastern Washington Records: Aggies, 3-6 (2-4); Eagles, 7-2 (5-1) Where: Roos Field — Cheney, WA. When: Saturday at 1:35 p.m. Who to Watch: The Eastern Washington Eagles boast one of the top aerial attacks in college football with a standout quarterback and three wide receivers with All-American honors. Look for the secondary to try and slow down their passing game under the leadership of junior safety Aarynn Jones who led the Aggies with 10 tackles in their loss two weeks ago to Portland State. Did you know? The Eastern Washington Eagles are 14-2 at home ever since they installed the red turf on their field in 2010. The Eagles have been undefeated this year at home and look to extend their record to 5-0 at home this season against the Aggies. The Eagles also boast some of the best attendance numbers in the Big Sky and many fans are expected to come out for their final home game of the regular season. With all the odds... ...

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Midseason report on Biggs’ final year

Coach Bob Biggs is too focused on the football team to be worried about what is going on around him. Entering his 20th and final year as the head coach of the UC Davis football program, Biggs has tried to deflect all the attention to the team despite all the distractions from his impending departure. For example, during every Aggie home game, a Coach Biggs countdown is displayed on the jumbotron, reminiscing the greatest moments of his career. “That’s surreal. I’m humbled by it but I am almost embarrassed by it at the same time because you never feel what you did was all that great,” Biggs said. “I’m appreciative that people would take the time to even consider some of those things.” Coach Biggs has had many great memories to reminisce as indicated by his track record at the helm of the program. Biggs boasts a 143-84-1 career record, trailing only his mentor Jim Sochor as the winningest coach in UC Davis football history. This year the Aggies have... ...

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Hollow wins

Those of you who were in attendance at the UC Davis sporting events this Halloween weekend got to see UC Davis football in their dominating performance in a convincing win that put them on top of the Big Sky Conference. And how about the baseball team taking down the Oakland Athletics in an exhibition match that preceded the iPhone 5 giveaways? For those of you that know the Aggies football team actually got dispatched by Portland State by a score of 49-21, good for you. And you who don’t feel like you missed out on the baseball game and the iPhone giveaway, 10 points for Gryffindor. Everyone else that is confused and guilty right now, that’s about as good of a Halloween trick as I can get in writing. Mischief at its finest. Still though, even if football pulled out a victory against Portland State, it would have been a hollow win on Halloween weekend. Why? The stadium was shamefully empty on the beautiful late October day — an attendance... ...

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UC Davis football pounded by Portland State 49-21

The UC Davis Aggies returned home after two weeks on the road to play Portland State. After going into halftime tied 14-14 with the Lumberjacks, the Aggies could not hang on as Portland State scored 35 points in the second half. The Lumberjacks ended up winning by a total score of 49-21. “I thought they were much more physical than we were,” said coach Bob Biggs. “They leaned on us pretty good physically and we just didn’t have an answer. We couldn’t get a stop. Give them credit, but we just didn’t play with the same physical spirited effort that we have been playing with. They took advantage of it and they outplayed us.” Junior quarterback Randy Wright threw for 264 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Wright and senior wide receiver Anthony Soto connected for two touchdowns in the first half, the third multi-touchdown game of Soto’s career. “Soto is just a great receiver to have,” Wright said. “He runs great routes so you always know where he... ...

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Football Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Portland State Records: Aggies, 3-5 (2-3); Vikings, 2-5 (1-3) Where: Aggie Stadium – Davis, California When: Saturday at 2 p.m. Who to Watch: This week the defensive line will be asked to do a lot to set the tone for the defense. The Aggies will face a team that has only given up three sacks this entire year in. Junior defensive tackle Andrew Benjamin and sophomore defensive end Nick King who share the team lead in sacks (4.5), will face the issue of getting pressure on the quarterback while staying gap sound to prevent big holes for the opposition. Did you know? The Aggies have played Portland State several times throughout the years. The series record leans toward Portland State 7-4. However, UC Davis has won three out of the last four meetings between the two teams. The last three games have been offensive showcases, with each game accumulating over 60 points between the two teams. This week may turn out to be no different, as... ...

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Inside the Game with Bobby Erskine

Known for his long hair and game-changing plays on defense last year, senior defensive end Bobby Erskine has gone through quite a change in this past year. First off, the hair is gone. Secondly, he hasn’t been able to play after he tore his right Achilles earlier this year against San Jose State which caused him to sit out for the rest of the year. Erskine was set to make a big impact for the Aggies this year after coming off a huge campaign during his junior year where he made All-Great West Conference first team after leading the Aggies in tackles for loss (9.5) and fumble recoveries. However, the injury hasn’t stopped the captain from making an impact on the team in any way possible. Erskine sat down with Aggie Sports Writer Jason Min to discuss his memories playing for UC Davis, what he’s up to now and what he plans to do in the future. Starting from the beginning, why did you choose to play football at UC... ...

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UC Davis football loses to Northern Arizona 21-7

Coming off a week where the UC Davis offense racked up over 50 points against Idaho State, the Aggie offense struggled to score and lost to Northern Arizona 21-7. The loss dropped the Aggies to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the Big Sky while the Lumberjacks improved to 6-1 and maintained their perfect record of 4-0 against Big Sky opponents. This was the first time that the two schools ever played each other and started off the game with each offense struggling to figure out the opponent’s defense. “I thought both teams played very hard. It was a physical game and a lot of really hard hitting out there,” said head coach Bob Biggs. The Aggie defense did a good job limiting the Lumberjacks offense, which had scored 40 points in three of its last four games and was ranked 20th in the FCS in scoring (33.7points per game). The focus on defense was to stop the Northern Arizona running back Zach Bauman, who was ranked number seven in the... ...

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