Taylor Hintze booted a 35-yard field goal as time ran out to lead Weber State to a 38-35 win over UC Davis on Saturday night, ruining a dramatic fourth-quarter Aggies comeback in front of an announced crowd of 8,426 in a Big Sky Conference opener at Aggie Stadium.
The field goal by Weber State (2-2) resulted from an Aggies fumbled punt with 16 seconds to play.
UCD (1-3), which trailed 32-10 early in the third quarter, tied it 35-35 on Ben Scott’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Luke Williams followed by a two-point conversion pass to Chris Martin with 1:35 remaining.
Williams’ catch in the end zone’s left corner initially was ruled an incomplete pass but was overturned on video review. Williams caught all three passes from Scott in the 67-yard drive that started with 2:31 to play.
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UCD’s Joshua Kelley scored on a 92-yard kickoff return and Keelan Doss caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from backup Brock Dale, both also in the fourth quarter.
The Aggies’ struggling defense, which surrendered 517 total yards, forced Weber State to punt on its final three possessions.
Scott finished 20 of 34 for 266 yards and two touchdowns, and Doss had seven catches for 91 yards and two scores.
Weber State quarterback Jadrian Clark passed for 251 yards and two touchdown and also rushed for a touchdown, and Treshawn Garrett rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown as the Wildcats went on a 24-0 run after trailing 10-8 early.
Weber State, which needed a Clark touchdown late to beat Sacramento State 14-7 in a nonconference game in Ogden last Saturday, moved the ball effortlessly for most of the game against the Aggies, though Keleen Culberson and Zach Jones had UCD interceptions. UCD forced Weber State to punt on five of its last six possessions.
The game started promisingly for UCD even after Weber State’s Clark opened the scoring with a 13-yard touchdown run followed by Andrew Vollert’s conversion run for an 8-0 lead.
UCD responded by moving 75 yards in seven plays, capped by Scott’s 7-yard strike to Doss in the back of the end zone with 7:02 left in the first quarter, cutting the lead to 8-7. The touchdown was set up by a 52-yard pass from Scott to tight end Nehemiah Winston.
The Aggies went up 10-8 four minutes later on true freshman Matt Blair’s 48-yard field goal.
But it was all Weber State the rest of the half.
The Wildcats moved ahead 15-10 with 7:35 to play in the second quarter with a 7-play, 95-yard drive that concluded with Clark’s 34-yard pass over the top to Darryl Denby.
The Wildcats increased its their lead to 22-10 with 4:17 to play in the second quarter on Clark’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Vollert.
Weber State went up 25-10 on Hintze’s 54-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. Garrett scored on a 3-yard run on the opening drive of the third quarter to give the Wildcats a 32-10 lead.