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(RV) Idaho State Bengals (4-1. 3-0 Big Sky)
No. 14 UC Davis Aggies (4-1, 2-0 Big Sky)
Saturday, Oct. 13 – 4 p.m.
Aggie Stadium (10,849) – Davis, Calif.
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This ninth-annual tradition will take place on Aggie Stadium's tailgate field from 1-3:30 p.m. Over 30 vendors are slated to participate in this student-alumni tradition, presented by Davis Beer Week.
Ticket packages, including ones for season ticket holders and UC Davis students ages 21 and over are available for purchase online
, at the Athletics Ticket Office (located at Aggie Stadium) Monday-Friday between the hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m., or by phone at (530) 752-AGS1 (2471).
Aggie Pack Tickets: Students can pick up their tickets for Saturday's game in advance at the following locations and times:
Memorial Union Patio:
Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Aggie Soccer Field:
Wednesday, during men's soccer's 4 p.m. home game vs. UC Irvine
Aggie Soccer Field:
Thursday, throughout women's soccer's 4 p.m. home game vs. Cal State Fullerton
Thursday, during volleyball's 7 p.m. home game vs. UC Riverside
Saturday, throughout volleyball's 1 p.m. home game vs. Cal State Fullerton
First edition Aggie Pack t-shirts will be given to students on a first-come first-served basis at Aggie Stadium, starting at 3 p.m. when the facility's gates officially open.
DAVIS, Calif. –
Last week, it was the Aggies who spoiled the Bears' Homecoming weekend when it traveled to Northern Colorado and left Greeley with a 49-36 victory. This weekend, No. 14 UC Davis will look to secure a similar result in its 4 p.m. Homecoming game versus Idaho State.
There are only three Big Sky teams with an undefeated league record, and two of them will face one another at Aggie Stadium on Saturday. UC Davis, a team that holds its first-ever top-15 ranking in the program's Division I history, will face a Bengals roster that is receiving votes in both national polls.
With Eastern Washington (the other team with an unblemished Big Sky record) traveling to No. 13 Weber State, there is a possibility that either UC Davis or Idaho State will enter next week's slate as the only team with a perfect conference record.
The Aggies are enjoying their best start to a season since 2004, and its first 2-0 conference record since joining the Big Sky in 2012, due to its ability to create turnovers and protect the ball. Their 1.60 turnover margin is the fourth-highest in the nation and second-highest in the Big Sky behind only Weber State.
The Aggies' #BlueForce is responsible for intercepting nine passes, the third-highest total among all FCS teams and the fourth-highest among all Division I programs.
UC Davis' high-octane offense is another reason why it enters the midpoint of its season averaging 40.2 points per game, while holding opponents to a paltry 29.2 scoring average. Not only is the team's passing offense ranked No. 2 in the country, the team posted 40 or more points in all but one of the five games played this season.
By comparison, against Division I teams since joining the Big Sky, UC Davis scored at least that many points in five games combined. During the Dan Hawkins
era (16 games), the Aggies have now reached that threshold on six occasions.
The 2018 season is the 100th in UC Davis football's history
UC Davis football will enter Saturday's Big Sky tilt vs. Idaho with the best Division I ranking in program history after both national polls were released on Monday
In the FCS STATS Top 25 Poll, the Aggies climbed to No. 14
Football is ranked No. 4 in the nation with its 1.60 turnover margin
The Aggies' #BlueForce is responsible for intercepting nine passes, the third-highest total in the country
UC Davis' offense is ranked No. 2 in the nation by averaging 349.2 passing yards per game
UC Davis is enjoying the best start to a season since 2004 when it won its first five games
Football holds a 2-0 Big Sky record for the first time in program history
Only three Big Sky teams hold an undefeated conference record, and two of them will face one another inside Aggie Stadium this weekend
No. 4/3 Eastern Washington is the third team, and is at No. 13 Weber State this weekend
UC DAVIS VS. IDAHO STATE
Saturday's game is the fourth all-time meeting between UC Davis and Idaho State, and the second to take place in Davis
The Aggies won all three previously played games
UC Davis will enter Aggie Stadium ranked No. 14 in the STATS FCS and No. 19 in the AFCA Coaches' Poll; Idaho State is receiving votes in each listing
Date Location Result Score
11/4/17 A W 56-17
9/28/13 H W 30-13
10/13/12 A W 52-45
Idaho State is 4-1 overall for the first time since 2000, and 3-0 in league play for the first time since 1981, thanks to its 62-28 victory vs. in-state rival Idaho
That result is the Bengals' first win against the Vandals since 1995
Those 62 points were the most scored against a Division I team since ISU's first game in Holt Arena, which took place on Sept. 26, 1970, in a home game that saw it beat UNLV, 64-34
Saturday's key conference clash will feature two of the Big Sky's hottest quarterbacks in Jake Maier
and Tanner Gueller
Gueller, the Bengals' senior QB, set a school record for most touchdown passes in a game with eight, which led to ROOT Sports and STATS FCS National Offensive Player of the Week honors
Aggie quarterback Jake Maier
leads the league with his 316.0 passing yards per game average, which is 33 yards more than the next ranked player
Gueller and Maier are ranked No. 1 and No. 3 respectively in total offense (318.0 ypg vs. 307.4)
Saturday's Homecoming matchup also features two talented running backs in redshirt freshman Ulonzo Gilliam
and ISU senior James Madison
Both lead the league with eight touchdowns and a 9.6 points per game average
Keep an eye on two players: UC Davis consensus All-American wide receiver Keelan Doss
and ISU junior linebacker Kody Graves
Doss, a Walter Payton Watch List selection, is coming off a game that included 161 yards on 11 catches, one of which was a touchdown
Even with opposing defenses focusing their efforts on minimizing his impact, Doss is ranked No. 4 in the nation, and No. 1 in the Big Sky, with his 8.6 receptions per game average
Graves is averaging 9.5 tackles per game, the third-highest clip by any Big Sky player this season
COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF
The Athletic Ticket Office, located at Aggie Stadium, will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday
The main tailgate lot and Lot 56 opens at noon; fans can park in other lots starting at 1 p.m.
Aggie Stadium's gates open at 3 p.m.
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Thanks to a collaboration of alumni, university resources, corporate partners, coaches and Student-Athlete Outcomes staff, all Aggies are guided over four years to acquire the skills, knowledge, opportunities and tools to better know and navigate the "World of Work" after graduating from UC Davis. Follow the Aggie EVO system on Twitter and Instagram at @AggieEVO.
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ABOUT UC DAVIS
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