Southern Utah 21

(0-5, 0-1 Big Sky)

UC Davis 33

(3-3, 1-1 Big Sky)

9:00 PM ET, October 15, 2005

Aggie Stadium (UC Davis), Davis, CA

1 2 3 4 T
SUU 7 0 0 1421
UCD 10 10 10 333

Top Performers

Passing: J. Grant (UCD) - 202 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Garfio (UCD) - 9 CAR, 45 YDS

Receiving: J. Eason (SUU) - 7 REC, 91 YDS, 2 TD

UC Davis 33, Southern Utah 21

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) -- Jon Grant passed for 202 yards and two touchdowns, and Joshua Edwards returned a blocked field goal 54 yards for a score to lead UC Davis to a 33-21 victory over Southern Utah on Saturday night.

Emmanuel Benjamin kicked four field goals for the Aggies (3-3), who won their first home game and Great West Conference contest of the season.

The Aggies scored on their first possession as Grant hit Tony Kays for a 23-yard TD. After Larue Burley's punt hit his own teammate on the Thunderbirds 20 moments later, UC Davis took over and Emmanuel Benjamin kicked a 28-yard field goal.

Backup quarterback Zac Connors threw two touchdown passes to Jerome Eason, and cornerback Brian Kofoed returned a fumble 13 yards for a score for Southern Utah (0-4, 0-2), which lost its first game since Sept. 24.

The Aggies led 20-7 at the half after Blaise Smith caught an 11-yard TD from Grant.

UC Davis broke it open with a 54-yard return by freshman linebacker Edwards after defensive tackle John Faletoese, also a freshman, blocked a field goal attempt. The Aggies completed the 23-point streak with Benjamin's 40-yard field goal in the fourth.

The Southern Utah offense finally scored on Connors' TD passes of 23 and 4 yards to Eason late in the fourth quarter. Connors, who took over for Wes Marshall in the second half, was 13-for-19 for 135 yards.

UC Davis' defense gave up more than 17 points for the first time this season, and the Thunderbirds scored more than 17 for the first time this season.

Southern Utah's scheduled game against McNeese State on Oct. 1 was cancelled, and the Thunderbirds had a bye on Oct. 8.