UC Davis Shuts Down Sacramento State, Claims 4th Straight Causeway Classic


Gabe Manzanares rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns and the UC Davis Aggies won the Causeway Classic for the fourth consecutive season, shutting down the Sacramento State Hornets 34-7 at Hornet Stadium Saturday afternoon.

CALDAVISGGSManzanares scored both of his touchdowns in the first quarter as the Aggies (5-7, 5-3 Big Sky Conference) built a 14-0 lead.

Manusamoa Luuga scored on a 14-yard run early in the second quarter to put Davis up 21-0 before the Hornets (5-7, 4-4 Big Sky) could get on the board with a four-yard run by Jordan Robinson.

Brady Stuart booted a 38-yard field goal with two minutes left in the second quarter to put the Aggies up 24-7 and then hit a 30-yarder early in the third period to make it 27-7.

SACSTATEGGSUC Davis closed the scoring very early in the fourth quarter on a six-yard touchdown pass from Randy Wright to Tom Hemmingsen.

Manzanares’ touchdowns were two and 33 yards, respectively. He carried the ball 27 times as the Aggies piled up 188 rushing yards. Wright was 17-for-22 for 212 yards and a touchdown. UC Davis had an even 400 yards of total offense.

Defensively, the Aggies shut down dual threat quarterback Garrett Safron, who was 22-for-33 for 221 yards and an interception passing and was held to 34 yards rushing on 15 carries.

Sacramento State had just 75 rushing yards.

Manzanares also had 95 yards receiving for the Aggies. Morris Norrise caught six balls for 101 yards for the Hornets.

UC Davis finished in a four-way tie for fourth place in the Big Sky with Southern Utah, Montana State and Cal Poly, while Sacramento State was eighth in the 13-team conference. Eastern Washington swept its eight-game conference slate to win the title outright after sharing it with Montana State and Cal Poly in 2012.

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