Football Falls to No. 21 UC Davis in Season Opener
Sept. 2, 2006
GREELEY, Colo. - Former Great West Conference foe UC Davis spoiled Northern Colorado's first home game of the Scott Downing and Big Sky Conference Era, as the Aggies turned five Northern Colorado turnovers into 33 of their 38 points on its way to a 38-7 victory at Nottingham Field on Saturday.
UC Davis (1-0), the 21st ranked team in the country, struck first, scoring on a 1-yard run by Alex Garfio at the 7:16 mark of the first quarter. The Aggies would later add a 37-yard field goal by Emmanuel Benjamin to grab a 10-0 lead entering the half.
Even though Northern Colorado (0-1) did not have a point in the opening half, they were even with UCD in most every category besides the lost fumble that led to Garfio's score.
But a halftime talk energized the Bears who scored on their first possession of the second half. On the drive, junior quarterback Dominic Breazeale completed 6-of-6 pass attempts as the Bears went 81 yards in six plays to cut the Davis margin to 10-7.
But Breazeale was intercepted on the Bears next drive and UC Davis needed only four plays to hit paydirt and stretch their advantage to 17-7. Following a kickoff, Breazeale was intercepted again, this time by David Heckman who returned the ball 39 yards for a touchdown, pushing the UCD advantage to 24-7.
The Aggies would score three times in the fourth quarter to cement the victory, scoring on a safety by Mike Ng, a 4-yard rush by Marcus Nolan and a 38-yard fumble recovery by Jeremy Scott.
The Bears were led offensively by sophomore Patrick Ealy, who caught nine balls for 106 yards. Breazeale finished his Bears debut by completing 23-of-31 passes for 213 yards.
Senior running back Andre Wilson rushed 16 times for 54 net yards for Northern Colorado.
UC Davis quarterback Jon Grant completed 17-of-33 passes for 224 yards.
Northern Colorado returns to action next weekend for their inaugural Big Sky Conference game when they travel to Portland State. Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. MT.