It’s rarely good when your kicker scores all your points, unless it’s a winning field goal with no time remaining.
That wasn’t the case Saturday in Davis, but UC Davis’ Brady Stuart did make two milestone field goals that accounted for the Aggies’ scoring in a 34-6 Big Sky Conference loss to Southern Utah.
Stuart broke Eddie Loretto’s school record for career field goals with his 48th, a 33-yarder that opened the scoring in the first quarter. He converted a personal-best 48-yarder in the second quarter, surpassing a 47-yarder against Portland State at home in 2013.
“I’m just trying to have fun out there,” Stuart said. “On the 48-yarder, I didn’t even know the yardage until after I made it. I missed two 48-yarders earlier this year, so it was nice to make it.”
The senior is the active Football Championship Series leader in career field goals and is 19th among all active college kickers. Stuart is also third on the Aggies’ career scoring list (258 points) after passing running back Preston Jackson (246, 1991-93) last week.
I’m just trying to have fun out there. On the 48-yarder, I didn’t even know the yardage until after I made it. I missed two 48-yarders earlier this year, so it was nice to make it.
UC Davis kicker Brady Stuart
Southern Utah (5-2, 4-0) led 7-6 at halftime and scored 27 unanswered points in the second half. The Thunderbirds’ defense, the best in the Big Sky, has not allowed a touchdown in four conference games, and Southern Utah has outscored its Big Sky opponents 152-16.
Entering Saturday’s game, Southern Utah was tops in the Football Championship Series with 15 takeaways and just four turnovers of its own. The lone turnover in Saturday’s game came when UCD quarterback Ben Scott was hit from behind and fumbled. The Thunderbirds capitalized with a 13-yard scoring pass from Ammon Olsen to Justin Brown for a 20-6 lead late in the third quarter.
Injuries continue to haunt the Aggies (1-7, 1-4). A scary moment came in the fourth quarter when Scott hit his head on the turf and his body rolled over. He was taken off the field on a stretcher, giving the crowd a thumbs up, and transported to a hospital. There was no word on his condition immediately after the game. Scott became the sixth UCD starter in the last four games to go down with an injury.
The Aggies could not get their offense going in the second half, running just 36 plays. From midway through the second quarter, only one UCD drive lasted more than five plays. That drive, the Aggies’ last, totaled 13 plays and 46 yards and was engineered by redshirt freshman C.J. Spencer (Inderkum High School).
UCD totaled only 235 yards and allowed 531.
Our defense wore down a lot, and we were 1 for 17 on third downs; that was the difference. I told the team we have to continue to fight through adversity. We spend very little time talking about injuries.
UC Davis coach Ron Gould
“Our defense wore down a lot, and we were 1 for 17 on third downs; that was the difference,” Aggies coach Ron Gould said. “I told the team we have to continue to fight through adversity. We spend very little time talking about injuries.”
Mark Billingsley is a Carmichael-based freelance writer. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or @editorwriter001.