Coach Bob Biggs had control over the battle we call ‘The Causeway Classic’ and, as he has for the past 20 years, he did his part.
This past weekend, UC Davis engaged Sacramento State in the annual rivalry battle that consists of both a football game and the blood drive. The Aggies entered the game with a 3-7 overall record that included a 2-5 Big Sky Conference record, compared to the Hornets’ 4-3 conference record and 6-4 overall.
Despite the fact that UC Davis had won the past two Causeway matchups, odds were definitely stacked against them in the game against Sac State.
Still, the Aggies pulled out a 34-27 victory and provided thrilling entertainment along the way.
Since beating Sac State has become a ritual, it is easy to write off the victory as a game that we should have won anyway. On the contrary, UC Davis played possibly its best game this season and pulled out an upset over our crosstown rival.
As the rain began to pour in the third quarter, the optimistic spirit of game-goers wasn’t dampened. This was a game of prolific significance.
First off, this was the Causeway Classic. UC Davis had a very underwhelming record entering the game. The Aggies had beaten Sac State twice in a row, but statistically, the streak probably should not have continued.
Second, this was senior day, a celebration of the many colorful careers of graduating players. This is always an emotional game for players and fans alike, and it would have been a huge disappointment for them to lose the last game of their careers.
Finally, the occasion that dwarfed all the others; this was the final game of head coach Bob Biggs’ career. Biggs has been associated with the Aggies’ football program for 39 years as a player and coach. He has seen 40 Causeway Classics and is 30-10 in them, with a 16-4 record as head coach.
So congratulations, UC Davis football. Forget the win-loss record, the statistics and numbers. The victory was a unique one that honored the deserving players, the coaches and the students of a school rich with tradition.