LE­HIGH (0-2) AT UC DAVIS (1-1)

The Morning Call - - FOOTBALL -

When/Where: 10 tonight at UC Davis Health Sta­dium, Davis, Calif. Ra­dio/In­ter­net Au­dio: Fox Sports Ra­dio 1230 and 1320; LVFoxS­ports.com. Se­ries: Le­high 1-0.

Last meet­ing: Le­high beat UC Davis 39-30 on Dec. 3, 1977 in the NCAA Di­vi­sion II semi­fi­nals, also called the Knute Rockne Bowl, at Toomey Field in Davis, Calif.

Le­high stat lead­ers: Pass­ing, Sr. Tyler Monaco (44-94-2, 523 yards, TD); Rush­ing, So. Rashawn Allen (27 car­ries, 39 yards, 1.4 ypc); Re­ceiv­ing, Jr. Jorge Por­tor­real (13 rec., 157 yards, TD); Jr. Devon Bibbens (13 rec, 132 yards); Tack­les, Jr. Pete Haffner (22 TT, 1 TFL, 1 FR); Sr. Keith Woet­zel (16 TT, 3.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 FF).

UC Davis stat lead­ers: Pass­ing, Sr. Jake Maier (47-85-2, 532 yards, 2 TD); Rush­ing, So. Ulonzo Gil­liam, Jr. (39 car­ries, 224 yards, 3 TDs); Re­ceiv­ing, So. Car­son Craw­ford (12 rec., 114 yards, TD); Jr. Jared Har­rell (10 rec., 119 yards, TD); Tack­les, Jr. Con­nor Airey (15 TT, 2 pass BU, 2 pass PD, 1 QBH).

The skinny: It’s Le­high’s first trip to Cal­i­for­nia since a game against St. Mary’s in 1998. It’s also the Moun­tain Hawks first meet­ing with UC Davis since the na­tional cham­pi­onship run in 1977. It’s more than a trip down mem­ory lane how­ever. It’s an op­por­tu­nity for the team to bond over a stretch of sev­eral days. Most im­por­tantly, it’s a chance for the pro­gram to test it­self against one of the best teams in the coun­try and gain some name recog­ni­tion. With a bye week com­ing, a solid per­for­mance and com­pet­i­tive game would pro­vide a boost. There have been some pos­i­tive signs in most ar­eas, but a ground game av­er­ag­ing just 1.9 yards per carry is the big­gest con­cern. It may be tough to gain trac­tion on the ground against the Ag­gies, con­sid­er­ing the OL will fea­ture two sopho­mores and a fresh­man. Keith Groller’s pre­dic­tion: UC Davis 34, Le­high 14.

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