Review Category : Football

Bob Biggs to step down after next season

Interim Athletics Director Nona Richardson announced Thursday that UC Davis head football coach Bob Biggs will retire at the end of the 2012 football season. Biggs has been a part of the UC Davis coaching staff since 1978 and took over as head coach in 1991. By the time he ultimately leaves the university in June of 2013, Biggs will be 62 years old. “I’d been thinking about it for awhile,” Biggs said. “After 20 years of being a head coach, this seemed like a perfect time.” Biggs’ career record stands at 140-78-1, but the Aggies struggled this season, going just 4-7 — the team’s worst performance since 1969. Recent struggles had spurred rumors that Biggs might not make it to the 2012 season. “There’s been a lot of speculation about what I was going to do or what was going to happen,” Biggs said. “I just wanted to put those rumors to rest. “Yes it was a disappointing season, but that’s not my reason for retiring. I feel like... ...

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Aggies revel in rivalry win

The football team finished their 2011 campaign with a win, beating Sacramento State 23-19 in the 58th Causeway Classic. The Aggies first road win of the season brought their final record to 4-7, ensuring that they avoided their first eight-loss season in more than fifty years. Saturday’s contest showcased the same football the UC Davis has been playing all year, albeit with one large exception. There was solid defense, a balanced rushing and passing attack and consistent special teams. The large exception came from freshman running back Colton Silveria, who ran rampant against the Hornets. The team’s leading rusher finished the contest with 170 yards and a touchdown. It was the first 100-yard rushing performance by a single player for UC Davis this season and the most single-game rush yards for an Aggie since the 2000 season. For head coach Bob Biggs the result wasn’t extraordinary, but rather a product of the team’s hard work throughout the season. “We played with the same intensity [as always],” Biggs said. “There’s no... ...

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Causeway Classic Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Sacramento State Records: Aggies, 3-7; Hornets, 4-6 Where: Hornet Stadium When: Saturday at 1:05 p.m. Who to watch: If you’re the type of person who gets nostalgic after a long football season, keep you’re eye on the 14 seniors who will be playing their last game in UC Davis blue and gold. If you’d rather look toward next season, watch junior defensive end Bobby Erskine. One of four team captains, the San Diego native has been a constant presence on Aggies’ defensive line for three years, playing in 29 of the last 32 games. This year Erskine leads the team with 9.5 tackles for loss and has also recorded 2.5 sacks. Asked about his recent success — 5.5 tackles for loss in the last two games — Erskine attributed it to consistency. “Nothing’s really changed,” he said. “Our mindset has been the same, just busting our butts. I’ve struggled with some injuries, just trying to come back from those and staying healthy [is key].” Did you... ...

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Aggies stagnant versus Sioux

One step forward, two steps back. A week after playing one of their best games of the year, the UC Davis offense came out flat and ineffective on Saturday, scoring only one touchdown in a 14-7 loss to North Dakota. The loss drops the Aggies to 3-7 overall and 1-3 in the Great West Conference. “We were totally out of sync,” Head Coach Bob Biggs said. “We didn’t get any consistency at all.” The game against the Fighting Sioux started the way many others have this year, with the opponent scoring on the opening drive of the game. From then on, the contest became a slow defensive grind, with both teams punting on nearly every possession. Midway through the second quarter the Aggies broke through, tying the game on an 18-yard touchdown run from junior running back Marquis Nicolis. The final touchdown of the game didn’t come until the fourth quarter, when North Dakota was able to take advantage of great field position after a UC Davis fumble. After the... ...

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Football Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. No. 22 North Dakota Records: Aggies, 3-6 (1-2); Fighting Sioux, 6-3 (1-1) Where: Aggie Stadium When: Saturday at 2 p.m. Who to watch: Last week against Cal Poly quarterback Randy Wright was accurate and efficient, leading a balance Aggie attack that scored to three first-half touchdowns. After going 5-5 on the first drive of the day, Wright finished the Battle for the Golden Horseshoe 14-20 for 203 yards and one touchdown. Against a North Dakota defense that is excellent against the run, Wright is again prepared to lead the offensive charge. “We’re going try to run the ball,” he explained. “But if not, I’m sure me and company (looks around at his receivers) would love to throw it a little bit. “We’ll be dialed in to hurt them in the air.” Did you know? North Dakota is still in the hunt to win a share of the Great West Conference title. Had Cal Poly won last week, it would have clinched the outright title. However, the... ...

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Column: Coming up Biggs

It was a massive win — a victory in a football rivalry game to keep the Golden Horseshoe in Davis for the third year in a row. But UC Davis’ 24-17 win on Saturday could prove to have a much more long-lasting effect than simple bragging-rights over our rival to the south over the next 12 months — it could prove to be the win that saves head coach Bob Biggs’ job. Entering the weekend, UC Davis was 2-6, coming off a pair of tough losses and an incredibly underwhelming season to that point. Fans and media alike seemed to be bracing themselves for an embarrassing defeat on their home field at the hands of the hated Cal Poly. Indeed even the Mustang fans that made the five-hour drive to Aggie Stadium entered the game with confidence and boldness rarely seen by supporters heavily outnumbered by home-town fans. And while no one seemed willing to take an outright public stance on the issue, the general rumbling around the UC Davis... ...

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Golden Horseshoe stays here

With its back up against the wall, the UC Davis football team came out and played its most complete game of the year. The Aggies were quick and balanced on offense, strong and unrelenting on defense, and avoided costly mistakes in all phases of the game. The 24-17 victory over the Mustangs brings the Aggies to 3-6 on the season, 1-2 in Great West Conference play. “I thought the coaching staff did a great job,” head coach Bob Biggs said, referring to his coordinators and assistants. “On both sides of the ball we knew exactly what we wanted to do and were very well prepared. We went out and executed.” The game started ominously after Cal Poly received the opening kickoff and quickly worked downfield before kicking a field goal to take the first lead of the game. As it turned out, it would be the only Cal Poly score in the first half and its only lead of the afternoon. Once the Aggie offense got the ball in their... ...

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Football Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Cal Poly Records: Aggies, 2-6 (0-2); Mustangs, 5-3 (3-0) Where: Aggie Stadium When: Saturday at 2 p.m. Who to watch: Senior safety Patrick Shelton has made a tremendous return to the field this year. After playing in only two games the last two seasons due to injury, Shelton is now second on the team in tackles with 33.5 on the year. Last week at Southern Utah the Canoga Park, Calif. native had his best game of the season, leading the team with 11 tackles. “He really wanted to make an impact this year,” Head Coach Bob Biggs said of Shelton. “Last week he played like a man possessed and that’s what we need. “We need a safety that’s going to run downhill and make plays and sacrifice his body and be good in the open field.” Junior captain Bobby Erskine is also happy to see Shelton making a big impact this year, but he’s not surprised. “Everyone knew [Shelton] had that potential,” he said. “To see... ...

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