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Junior Brady Oliveira rushed for 107 yards and UND racked up 295 yards on the ground, but it wasn't enough in a 48-24 loss to UC Davis.
Aggies register big home win over UND
Release: 09/30/2017
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UC Davis 48, UND 24

Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017  •  
Davis, Calif. • Aggie Stadium
Attendance: 9,508

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
North Dakota 10 7 0 7 24
UC Davis 21 17 3 7 48
Statistical Leaders
 • Rushing: Santiago (UND): 13 carries, 170 yards, 1 TD
 • Passing: Maier (UCD): 33-for-38, 415 yards, 4 TDs
 • Receiving: Doss (UCD): 11 catches, 199 yards, 1 TD
 • Defense: Rastas (UND): 13 tackles, 6 solo Stewart (UND): 10 tackles, 3 solo 
Scoring Summary
 First Quarter
UCD 13:01 Spencer 5-yard run (O'Rourke kick)
UND 12:21 Santiago 81-yard run (Taubenheim kick)
UCD 12:03 Doss 65-yard pass from Maier (O'Rourke kick)
UCD 05:01 Preece 3-yard pass from Maier (O'Rourke kick)
UND 00:04 Taubenheim 31-yard field goal
 Second Quarter
UCD 10:43 Williams 2-yard run (O'Rourke kick)
UCD 07:09 Preece 15-yard pass from Maier (O'Rourke kick)
UND 03:03 Studsrud 12-yard run (Taubenheim kick)
UCD 00:00 O'Rourke 20-yard kick
 Third Quarter
UCD 07:04

O'Rourke 21-yard field goal

 Fourth Quarter
UCD 14:23 Preece 20-yard pass from Maier (O'Rourke kick)
UCD 10:27 Pinke 36-yard pass from Studsrud (Taubenheim kick)
Statistical Comparison
 First Downs 19 35
 Total Offensive Yards 451 651
 Rushing Attempts-Yards 33-294 45-236
 Passing 13-25-1 33-39-1
 Passing Yards 157 415
 Penalties-Yards 7-60 8-60
 Turnovers 1 2
 Punts-Avg. 5-33.6 2-37.0
 Punt Returns-Avg. 0-0 2-16.0
 Kick Returns-Avg. 5-13.0 3-9.7
 3rd-Down Conversions 3-11 6-12
 4th-Down Conversions 1-2 1-1
 Time of Possession 26:48 33:12
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DAVIS, Calif. – UC Davis got a stellar performance from quarterback Jake Maier as the Aggies dealt visiting North Dakota a 48-24 setback in Big Sky play Saturday at Aggie Stadium. Maier got going early by throwing for a trio of first-half touchdown passes, helping the Aggies (3-2, 1-1 BSC) build a 38-17 lead on UND (1-4, 0-2 BSC) by halftime.

The JUCO transfer finished the game 33-for-38 for 415 yards and four touchdowns as UND fell for the third consecutive game.

Junior John Santiago took UND's second play from scrimmage 81 yards for a touchdown to jump-start the Fighting Hawks. He finished with 170 rushing yards to register the first 100-yard rushing game of his season and 14th of his career. Classmate Brady Oliveira added 107 rushing yards as UND racked up a season-high 294 yards on the ground.
Maier and the Aggies overmatched those efforts, however, outgaining the Fightings Hawks 651-451 in total offense.

"I thought we got here and were in a good frame of mind, but we gave up too many points and too many big plays early," UND head coach Bubba Schweigert said. "They put us on our heels tonight. We really need to rally and motivate the guys to stick with it. This is a program where the vision doesn't change. The belief in how we do things doesn't change, but we have to get better results." 

Wide receiver Keelan Doss was Maier's favorite target, hauling in 11 passes for a career-high 199 yards. He caught a 65-yard touchdown pass on the first play for the Aggies after Santiago's big run and the home team led 14-7 before three minutes had passed.

UC Davis would never trail again as Maier found Wesley Peerce for the next score on a 3-yard strike. It would be the first of three touchdown receptions for the Aggies' tight end, who finished with eight catches for 97 yards. The home team would convert a UND turnover into another touchdown and Preece's second score came after a three-and-out to push the advantage to 35-10 before the Fighting Hawks could regroup.

UND quarterback Keaton Studsrud trimmed the deficit to 35-17 with a 12-yard run late in the second quarter, but the Aggies tacked on three more points before the half thanks to a 21-yard field goal from Max O'Rourke.

UND opened the second half with the ball, but that drive stalled on a missed fourth-down conversion attempt and UC Davis would manage the only points of the third quarter on a 20-yard field goal by Max O'Rourke.

Both teams traded fourth-quarter touchdowns to bring the final spread to a 24-point margin. UND's score came on a 36-yard reception by Hunter Pinke, who scored the touchdown on his first career reception.

UND will return to action next Saturday for its Homecoming contest against Northern Colorado. Kickoff against the Bears is set for 2:30 p.m. at the Alerus Center.

GAME NOTES: Permanent captains for the season are seniors Jake Disterhaupt, Cole Reyes and Keaton Studsrud along with junior John Santiago … Reyes, the reigning Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year missed the game with an injury … Santiago rushed for a season-high … yards and his 81-yard touchdown run on UND’s opening play from scrimmage equaled his career-long carry (vs. Northern Colorado in 2015) … The 100-yard rushing game was his first of the season and 14th of his career … Classmate Brady Oliveira also went over 100 yards, finishing with 107 yards on 13 carries … This is the second time the two All-Big Sky performers have eclipsed the 100-yard mark in the same game (vs. Montana State; 2015) … Redshirt freshman Hunter Pinke’s first career catch went for a 36-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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