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DAVIS, Calif. –
For the first time in program history, UC Davis sits atop the Big Sky Conference alone in first place, and junior communication major Jake Maier's
performance during last Saturday's Homecoming game is a key reason why. By leading the Aggies' epic comeback against the Bengals, Big Sky officials named him their ROOT SPORTS Player of the Week.
This was the first of two Player of the Week awards bestowed to Maier since he also earned National Player of the Week honors from College Sports Madness — part of the USA Today Sports Media Group — on Monday.
In addition to becoming the second quarterback in the program's Big Sky era to throw for five touchdowns, a career-high total for the La Habra native, he completed 40 of 51 passes for 382 yards and finished the Aggies' Homecoming game with one interception.
Yes, he threw those five touchdowns to five different receivers, but it was a play made on that interception that was just as important to his team's comeback effort.
After he threw that pick, he sprinted down the field and was the only thing standing between Adkin Aguirre and his pick-six. By taking the proper angle, and not giving up on the play, he was able to push Aguirre out of bounds on the Aggies' 15.
What followed that play were three Bengals penalties and a sack. Instead of adding at least three points to the scoreboard, ISU was forced to punt, which resulted in a touchback and successful defensive stop for the Aggies.
That key play, one of a handful that took place throughout UC Davis' come-from-behind victory, ultimately led to the Aggies outscoring Idaho State 37-14 from the five-minute mark of the second quarter through the rest of the game to force overtime for the first time since 2009.
And as was the case during that '09 game at South Dakota, the Aggies ended their evening with a win thanks to an epic comeback, which included a pair of two-point conversions and successful fourth-down decisions..
UC Davis' next two games will take place on the road, starting with Saturday's Battle for the Golden Horseshoe in San Luis Obispo. Kickoff for that Big Sky matchup is set for 4 p.m.
After heading to Montana for its Oct. 27 league matchup, football will return to Aggie Stadium and host Northern Arizona (1 p.m. kickoff) on Nov. 3.
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