Aggies at a glance: at Montana State

Published: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 8C

UC DAVIS (3-5, 3-1) at No. 5. MONTANA STATE (5-2, 3-0)

Where: Bobcat Stadium, Bozeman, Montana

When: 1:05 p.m. Radio: 1140

• Aggies at a glance: After beating Southern Utah (Oct. 5) and Northern Colorado (last Saturday) decisively on the road, the Aggies hope for the season's biggest Big Sky Conference road upset against Montana State, which has won or tied for the past three conference titles. UC Davis has the conference's top pass defense, and the offense has played well in three of the past four games behind veteran quarterback Randy Wright (23 yards from surpassing 8,000 in career passing), running back Gabe Manzanares (averaging 137 yards in the past four games) and a bevy of receivers. Tight end Taylor Sloat joined the mix by catching his first two touchdown passes of the season against Northern Colorado.

• Bobcats at a glance: Montana State is first in the conference in in scoring (38.4 average), tied for the lead in turnover ratio (plus-10) and second in scoring defense (21.4). Quarterback DeNarius McGhee (1,097 passing yards, four touchdowns) is a huge talent as a passer and runner, and running back Cody Kirk has scored 12 touchdowns. Defensive end Brad Daly leads the Football Championship Subdivision with 15 tackles for losses and 10 sacks. Linebacker Alex Singleton has 11 tackles for losses among his team-leading 59 tackles and three interceptions. "They have a great defense," UCD coach Ron Gould said. "They're one of the fastest defenses (we've faced)."

• The series: The Bobcats lead 2-1, having won two straight in a series that began in 2006. Last year in Davis, the No. 2 Bobcats jumped to a 31-14 halftime lead before the Aggies scored 24 unanswered points in the third quarter and prevailed 48-41.

– Bill Paterson

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