Teams: UC Davis at San Jose State
Records: Aggies, (1-3); Spartans, (1-3)
Where: Spartan Stadium – San Jose, Calif.
When: Saturday at 5 p.m.
Who to watch: Aggie kicker Sean Kelley has made 15 consecutive field goals – a streak that dates back to last season against Boise State.
The junior out of Monrovia, Calif. has been a highlight for the UC Davis offense this season, putting three between the uprights in last game alone (two from 42 yards out, and one from 24).
“He’s got quite a streak going,” said head coach Bob Biggs. “Anytime we get to an opposing 30-yard line, or even 35, it gives you some options in close games knowing you have a good chance to make a field goal.”
Did you know? San Jose State will mark the second Division I Football Bowl Subdivision team that UC Davis has faced this season.
The Aggies are 1-7 against FBS teams since the beginning of the 2005 season, with the notable “1” coming at Stanford with a 20-17 win in September of that year.
Preview: Biggs isn’t looking for just a solid effort from his defense, offense or special teams.
What he is looking for is balance between all three.
“We just need to play a complete game,” he said after Saturday’s second-half loss to the Weber State Wildcats.
In that game, the Aggie offense struggled to move the ball down the field, while the defense was pushed to its limits.
Meanwhile, the guys on special teams were more powerful than ever.
The issue according to Biggs: these units haven’t yet shown up “as a group” this season.
Yet, he believes his squad can learn from the past, assuring when his players watch the film from Saturday night, they would notice the positives from the contest.
The Aggies will have their chance to show what they’ve studied when they visit the South Bay this Saturday to face San Jose State.
Last weekend, the Spartans dropped to 1-3 on the season after the Utah Utes got the best of them with a 56-3 victory.
And that isn’t the only brutal loss the Spartans have suffered this year.
They kicked off the 2010 campaign in early September by receiving $2 million in a deal called a “guarantee.” San Jose State scheduled games at defending national champion Alabama (48-3) and at No. 11 Wisconsin (27-14) the following week.
Obviously, the Spartans’ program benefited financially from the arrangement, but based on the outcome of this Saturday’s game, we’ll see if it “paid to play” those top-notch schools.
– Grace Sprague