Portland State football coach Nigel Burton still bleeds the Big Red of his alma mater, Jesuit High School. But he doesn't let Jesuit's rivalry with Christian Brothers hurt his recruiting chances because he gladly signed Elk Grove native and CBS grad Corey Crowder to a scholarship in 2010.
Crowder and fellow starting linebacker and Casa Roble grad Jaycob Shoemaker helped hold UC Davis to 258 total yards, and the Portland State offensive machine continued to roll in a 41-10 victory Saturday at Aggies Stadium.
UC Davis fell to 0-4 for the first time since 1965.
Burton and Crowder made a good-natured bet last week, and both were watching the results of Saturday's Holy Bowl between their alma maters. With Jesuit's 52-28 victory, Crowder must shave his head.
"That wager is going to cost him," Burton said. "Big Red rolled again."
Big plays continue to roll UC Davis. Last week against Northern Arizona, Aggies quarterback Jimmy Laughrea had two interceptions returned for touchdowns in a 21-10 loss. On Saturday night, the Aggies' defense played well again especially in the first half but runs of 85, 70 and 50 yards proved to be the difference in the game that was delayed 36 minutes by lightning.
"We finally have some guys who have bought into what we're doing up here, and they're doing exactly what we expect them to be doing," Burton said. "We do have a lot of weapons."
Portland State (3-1) was averaging nearly 616 total yards, which was second in the nation going into Saturday's game, and came close to upsetting Cal before losing 37-30 on Sept. 7. The Vikings totaled 601 yards Saturday despite 10 penalties for 99 yards and three interceptions. Aaryn Jones, Charles Boyett and Jonathan Perkins each had an interception for the Aggies, their first three of the season.
In the first quarter, Portland State running back DJ Adams took a handoff on third and 2, shook off an arm tackle and burst along the Vikings' sideline to daylight 85 yards of daylight.
Late in the second quarter, Portland State redshirt freshman Paris Penn replaced starting quarterback Kieran McDonagh and on his first play from scrimmage ran 70 yards from his 3-yard line to the UC Davis 27. Adams scored on the next play.
Facing a third and 12 on the first drive of the second half, McDonagh returned and ran for 37 yards to the Aggies' 5. McDonagh scored on a run two plays later. The Aggies never recovered.
Adams added another 50-yard run, again on third and long, to set up another Vikings touchdown by three scores. The senior had 208 yards on 14 carries.
The weather was more suited for Portland than Davis. Lightning to the east of Aggies Stadium forced officials to delay the contest and clear the stadium. The call to evacuate came at the start of the second quarter. The last weather delay to involve the Aggies came in the 2010 Causeway Classic at Sacramento State, when lightning caused an evacuation and an hour delay to start of the second half.
UC Davis' Gabe Manzanares capped a five-play, 43-yard drive with a 7-yard run up the middle that evened the score. The Aggies capitalized on Jones' interception of a tipped pass. A Brady Stuart 47-yard field goal in the third quarter completed the Aggies' scoring.
UC Davis will host Idaho State (2-1) next Saturday. The Bengals lost to No. 17 Washington 56-0 on Saturday.