UC Davis game at a glance: vs. Idaho State

Published: Friday, Sep. 27, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6C
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 30, 2013 - 2:45 pm

SATURDAY'S GAME

IDAHO STATE (2-1) AT UC DAVIS (0-4)

• When: 6 p.m.

• Where: Aggie Stadium (10,849)

• Radio: 1140 AM

• Bengals at a glance: Idaho State is trying to rebuild under former Eastern Washington and Montana State coach Mike Kramer (82-95 overall). The Bengals have doubled their win total from last year, but the two victories were against Division II schools Dixie State and Western State. Last week, the Bengals were routed 56-0 by Washington. "As long as the check didn't bounce, there's not much we can glean from last week's game," Kramer said. Quarterback Justin Arias is averaging 27 completions a game and has passed for 1,008 yards and four touchdowns. Idaho State is trying to end a 40-game road losing streak.

• Aggies at a glance: An inability to move the ball consistently and score from inside the red zone has UC Davis off to its worst start since 1965. The Aggies' 32 points through four games is their lowest since 29 through four games in 1968. Coach Ron Gould saw several missed opportunities in the Aggies' 41-10 non- conference loss to Portland State on Saturday. "It was scary because you stop the film and see this play should have been a touchdown, (and) that play should be a 60-yard run or a 60-yard completion," Gould said. "The only thing we talked about this week is finishing the details." UC Davis is looking at Saturday as the start of a new season. It's a Big Sky Conference opener, and all 13 teams, including the Aggies, are 0-0.

• The series: In the only previous meeting, UC Davis defeated Idaho State 52-45 last season in Pocatello, Idaho, with the teams combining for 1,069 yards.

– Bill Paterson

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