Portland State Holds On For 14-12 Win Over UC Davis
DAVIS, Calif. - Joe Rubin rushed for two touchdowns on Saturday night as Portland State edged UC Davis 14-12 in a nonconference football game played before 5,840 fans at Toomey Field, despite a school-record 15 catches for 165 yards by Aggies wide receiver Tony Kays.
The loss sent UC Davis to its first 0-2 start since 1997 while the Vikings improved to 1-1. Quarterback Jon Grant completed 33 of 58 passes for 278 yards and a touchdown for UC Davis, but was intercepted three times. Portland State quarterback Sawyer Smith completed 19 of 32 passes for 221 yards and was intercepted twice.
Both defenses played tough against the run with UC Davis bottling up the Vikings for just 33 yards on 30 carries, and Portland State holding the Aggies to just 56 net yards on 29 attempts.
Kays posted his second career night in as many games, setting a school record with 15 receptions and establishing a career-best with 165 yards. In a tough 17-13 loss to seventh-ranked New Hampshire last week, he tied the previous school record of 12 catches by Josh Weinstock against Chico State in 1991 while posting a personal-best total of 135 yards.
UC Davis trailed 14-0 in the fourth quarter after Rubin rushed for a one-yard touchdown with 14 minutes, 39 seconds to play. Aggies' running back Alex Garfio powered in from five yards with 11:15 left to make it 14-6 but Matt Locklin's extra-point attempt was missed. UC Davis had a chance to tie the game with just 3:57 remaining after Kays caught an 8-yard TD pass from Grant but Grant's pass on the ensuing two-point try was deflected.
The Aggies then held Portand State on its next possession, forcing a punt with 2:04 on the clock, but Kays fumbled the kick at the UC Davis 22 and Portland State recovered. The Vikings then picked up a crucial first down and ran out the clock for the win.
The road for UC Davis doesn't get any easier next week with the Aggies visiting Pac-10 member Stanford on Saturday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.