UC Davis runs over Southern Utah, 21-3

Oct 5 2013 - 10:51pm


CEDAR CITY -- UC Davis rode workhorse running back Gabe Manzanares to a 21-3 victory over Southern Utah on Saturday, the Aggies' second straight victory after opening the season with four losses.


Manzanares rushed for 175 yards on 33 carries, including two second-quarter touchdown runs.

Manzanares, who ran for 208 yards against Idaho State last week, prospered against a Thunderbirds defense that had been only been giving up 98 yards rushing per game.

Instead, it was UC Davis (2-4, 2-0 Big Sky) that enjoyed a big day against the run, holding the Thunderbirds to 45 yards. As a result, Southern Utah turned to Aaron Cantu, who went to the air 50 times, completing 29 for 281 yards -- all career highs -- but throwing two interceptions.

Randy Wright threw 19 yards to TJ King for the Aggies' other score.

SUU (4-2, 1-1) was vying for its best start as NCAA Division I program.

* MONTANA STATE 36, NORTHERN ARIZONA 7: At Bozeman, Mont. , Shawn Johnson ran for 92 yards and a touchdown and had a 100-yard kickoff return for a score to lead Montana State to a win over Northern Arizona in a matchup of two ranked FCS teams.

Johnson's 27-yard touchdown run and three field goals by Rory Perez put MSU (4-2, 2-0 Big Sky) up 16-0 at halftime. The Bobcats then got a 9-yard TD run by quarterback DeNarius McGhee and a 12-yard TD run by Cody Kirk to build a 29-0 lead.

NAU's only score came on a 37-yard interception return by Austin Hasquet, but Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown.

MSU's defense didn't allow any scoring and held NAU (3-2, 1-1) to 232 yards.

Kirk ran for 156 yards on 27 carries for MSU, while Zach Bauman, who went over 4,000 career yards last week, was held to just 26 yards on nine carries.

* NORTH DAKOTA 28, IDAHO STATE 25: At Pocatello, Idaho, Dayo Idowu forced a fumble and Ben Peters recovered it in the end zone for the deciding touchdown as North Dakota turned back Idaho State.

Peters' recovery came with 5:53 left in the fourth quarter after Idaho State had closed within 21-17 five minutes earlier. It gave North Dakota (2-3, 1-1 Big Sky) a 28-17 edge.

Idaho State (2-3, 0-2 Big Sky) scored on a 20-yard Justin Arias to Luke Austin pass with 2:07 left in the game.

Arias then passed to Cam Richmond for the 2-point conversion. Kenny Golladay's first-down catch at midfield enabled North Dakota to run out the clock.

Greg Hardin led North Dakota with 8 catches for 126 yards and scored on a 99-yard kickoff return in the third quarter.

Arias completed 40 of 66 passes for 365 yards for Idaho State and Austin had 11 catches for 98 yards.

* NEW MEXICO 66, NEW MEXICO STATE 17: At Albuquerque, N.M., Kasey Carrier rushed for three first-quarter touchdowns to lead New Mexico to victory over rival New Mexico State.

Five different Lobos scored on the ground while Carlos Wiggins added a touchdown catch and took a kickoff back for another score as New Mexico (2-3) equaled its highest point total in the series with the Aggies (0-6).

Carrier finished with 126 yards on 14 carries, and Lobos quarterback Cole Gautsche added 127 yards on 12 carries with one touchdown rushing and one passing.

Demarcus Rogers, Crusoe Gongbay and Jhurell Pressley also added scoring runs for the Lobos (2-3), who finished with 541 yards on the ground.

* YALE 24, CAL POLY 10: At San Luis Obispo, Calif., Henry Furman passed for 199 yards and two touchdowns as Yale rallied from a 10-7 halftime deficit to beat Cal Poly.

Furman was 19 of 33, connecting with tight end Keith Coty and wide receiver Chris Smith for two Bulldog touchdowns. Running back Tyler Varga had 26 carries for 114 yards.

The Mustangs' Bobby Zalud kicked a 53-yard field goal as the first half ended, giving Cal Poly a 10-7 lead at the break.

But the Bulldogs (3-0) rallied in the second half, holding the Mustangs (2-3) to just 37 yards on 18 plays in total offense and scoring 14 unanswered points including a 31-yard Parker Toms field goal.


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