Event: Causeway Classic
Teams: UC Davis vs. Sacramento State
Records: Aggies, 6-4; Hornets 4-6
Where: Hornet Stadium
When: Saturday at 2 p.m.
Who to watch: Wide receiver Chris Carter has been able to catch pretty much everything thrown his way this season. On Saturday, he’ll try and catch history.
Carter has 76 receptions for 805 yards and 3 touchdowns this season, giving him 204 career receptions during his tenure at Davis. The all-time UC Davis reception leader is Tony Kays with 207 receptions.
Barring an injury, Carter should break the record against the Hornets. He has averaged 7.6 receptions per game this season.
Did you know? The Aggies’ victory against North Dakota secured not only the conference title, but ensured that the team will finish the season above .500. It will be the 38th time in the last 40 seasons that the team has finished with a winning record.
Preview: Anybody who thought the Aggies would be satisfied with winning the conference championship clearly hasn’t talked to coach Bob Biggs. UC Davis had three goals coming into the season: Win the conference, beat Cal Poly and beat Sacramento State.
Two down, one to go.
“I’ll be honest with you, getting two without the third is going to be kind of empty,” Biggs said.
UC Davis and Sacramento State began the Causeway Classic in 1954 and have played every year since then. The Aggies own an all-time record of 39-17 against the Hornets.
“It’s been such a long, traditional rivalry,” Biggs said. “Back in the ’60s when I first started playing it was a great rivalry and Sacramento was probably the better team. Then we started to beat them in the early ’70s and I think we won a string of about 18 in a row. Then they went to scholarships and they beat us 4 or 5 in a row and people said the rivalry was over.”
The Aggies have won 7 of the last 8 games in the rivalry, the most recent loss coming last year, the first Causeway Classic to be played at Aggie Stadium.
“Now we’re hoping we can return the favor,” Biggs said.
– Richard Procter