Sac State, UC Davis hit the road as clos­ing games could de­fine sea­sons

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - By Joe David­son

The foot­ball pro­grams have been suc­cess­ful road war­riors a time or two this sea­son, but Sacra­mento State and UC Davis have also been road­rash vic­tims away from the com­forts of home.

No. 8 Sac State aims to halt North­ern Ari­zona’s 4-0 home show­ing in Flagstaff on Satur­day in Big Sky Con­fer­ence ac­tion, with vi­sions of claim­ing its first cham­pi­onship in the con­fer­ence. UCD, mean­while, plans to dent up Port­land State’s 4-1 home-field good vibe, a spoiler role for the de­fend­ing tri-cham­pion of per­haps the best league in the Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Sub­di­vi­sion.

Sac State (6-3, 4-1 Big Sky) has lost four in a row to North­ern Ari­zona (4-5, 2-3). This one fig­ures to be an en­ter­tain­ing show of quar­ter­backs.

The Lum­ber­jacks are led by Case Cookus, a sixth-year se­nior who has passed for 3,153 yards and 26 touch­downs. His 11,121 ca­reer pass­ing yards are a school record and the sixth most in Big Sky his­tory.

He will be quite a chal­lenge for a Hor­nets de­fense headed by de­fen­sive end Ge­orge Obinna, the pro­gram’s ca­reer sack leader with 31, bet­ter­ing the mark of 29 1/2 held by Zack Nash. The Hor­nets lead the con­fer­ence with 36 sacks and are third in the FCS.

Sac State is com­ing off a 36-17 home loss to No. 3 We­ber State, a game that in­cluded the loss of star quar­ter­back Kevin Thom­son. He was knocked out of the game and is listed as day-to-day. Jake Dun­ni­way re­placed him and had mixed mo­ments while also hav­ing the back­ing of coach Troy Tay­lor, who said, “Jake’s go­ing to be re­ally good.”

The loss snapped a four-game win­ning streak, the long­est in the pro­gram’s 26-year his­tory in the Di­vi­sion I FCS level.

Sac State and North­ern Ari­zona were sched­uled to play last year on the Hor­nets’ Se­nior Night, but poor air qual­ity from the Camp Fire in Butte County forced the can­cel­la­tion of the Nov. 10 game.

Ag­gies back af­ter a bye — UCD (4-5, 2-3) was idle last week af­ter fall­ing at home to We­ber State 36-20. The Ag­gies close the reg­u­lar sea­son with a home game on Nov. 16 against Mon­tana State and then the 66th Cause­way Clas­sic at Sac State on Nov. 23.

With 10,274 ca­reer yards, Jake Maier is 472 shy of sur­pass­ing J.T. O’Sul­li­van for the most in pro­gram his­tory. He needs 326 yards to join O’Sul­li­van (19972001) as the only play­ers in pro­gram his­tory to have three con­sec­u­tive 3,000-yard pass­ing sea­sons.

“He’s spe­cial, a great one,” UCD coach Dan Hawkins said of Maier.

O’Sul­li­van is the first-year head coach at Pa­trick Henry High School in San Diego, hav­ing taken over a 1-9 team that is now in the play­offs.

Wes Preece’s 24 ca­reer touch­downs are the most in UCD pro­gram his­tory for a tight end, six more than Howard Grav­elle (1967-69).

Port­land State, which went 4-7 last sea­son and 011 in 2017, is 5-5 with a bal­anced of­fense that in­cludes quar­ter­back Davis Alexan­der (2,325 yards, 17 touch­downs) and run­ning backs Sir­geo Hoff­man (715 yards, 8 TDs) and Davis Alexan­der (629 yards, 5 TDs).

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