DAVIS, CALIF -- The USD Toreros (1-1) dropped a hard-fought 35-7 decision to the UC Davis Aggies (1-1) before 6,588 fans at Aggie Stadium. UC Davis used two scoring plays of 70-plus yards on the night to pace their victory and help them finish with 518 yards of offense.
In the first quarter the host Aggies got on the scoreboard first when quarterback Jake Maier connected with receiver Keelan Doss for a 75-yard touchdown play on their third play from scrimmage for a 7-0 lead at the 13:03 mark. USD would tie up the score at 7-all when Jordan Charles capped off a 7-play, 84-yard drive with a 5-yard run. Key plays on the scoring drive were a 45-yard pass from Anthony Lawrence to Michael Bandy, and a 16-yard completion from receiver Justin Priest to tight end Zack Holland to the 8-yard line.
Early in the second quarter nickel back Max Michaels picked off Maier at the San Diego 29-yard line and returned it 15 yards. The Toreros moved it down to the Aggie 30-yard line but missed on a 4th-and-5 pass attempt. The Torero defense came up big on the Aggies' next possession, stalling their drive at the Torero 42. Zeke Downs blocked Matt Blair's punt attempt and Alex Spadone recovered on the San Diego 48-yard line. USD then went three-and-out but Jack Flatau pinned the Aggies on their 5-yard line with an excellent punt. UCD would then march 95 yards over 15 plays and score on a 33-yard TD pass from Maier to Wesley Preece with just 27 seconds to go in the half. The Aggies would head into halftime with a 14-7 advantage.
In the second half the Aggies scored on another big play. On their opening drive and facing a 4th-and-one from their own 29-yard line, Justin Williams broke free for a 71-yard touchdown run to extend the Aggies lead to 21-7 at the 13:31 mark. The Toreros would work their way down to the UCD 11-yard line, but Patrick Murray would miss on a 28-yard field goal attempt with 4:33 to go. USD would get it right back when David Tolbert would force a fumble and Kim Mahoney would recover for the Toreros at the USD 41. The Toreros would get to the UCD 11, but an illegal procedure penalty followed by a Lawrence sack would give the Aggies the ball back on downs with 13:30 to go.
Over the final period the Aggies would put the game away with two more scores. Maier would add a 15-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Moore, and Justin Williams would punch in from 1-yard out for the final 35-7 score.
For the game Anthony Lawrence completed 15-of-25 passes for 150 yards. Michael Bandy (64 yards) and Zack Holland (44 yards) each pulled down four receptions. Defensively the Toreros were paced by safety Ray Clark (11 tackles), LB Kim Mahoney (9 stops) and ends Jonathan Petersen and Kevin Glajchen, each with eight stops. UC Davis was paced by QB Jake Maier who completed 23-of-37 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns.
The Toreros continue play on the road next week when they head to the east coast to play the Princeton Tigers on Saturday, September 16th. Game time is slated for 9:00 a.m. (Pacific) with Jack Cronin calling the action on ESPN 1700AM.
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