Maier Dissects Lehigh Defense En Route To a 41-13 Win For UC Davis

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UC Davis QB Jake Maier had a tremendous evening in the Aggies’ home opener in UC Davis Health Stadium, going 38-for-49 passing for 389 yards in a 41-13 win over Lehigh Saturday Evening in front of 9.908 fans.

Maier threw for four touchdown passes, all coming off of long drives of more than 50 yards. Two of his strikes went to WR Khris Vaughn, one of which came after a 23 yard throw where Vaughn adjusted, dropping to make a great catch.

The others went to TE Wes Preece, capping off an 11 play, 91 yard drive, and WR Carson Crawford, finishing off a 6 play, 57 yard drive.

After Lehigh’s first two drives ended in punts, Maier converted on two 3rd downs and a 4th and goal, finding Preece to make the score 14-0. UC Davis would convert 6 of 9 fourth downs and 7 of 21 third downs in an efficient, effective performance against a game Lehigh defense.

The Mountain Hawk offense was held in check most of the game, with only 71 yards of offense at halftime, but two late scores by WR Dev Bibbens, one on 67 yard bomb by QB Tyler Monaco and a 3 yard reception by QB Addison Shoup on the final play of the game, gave Lehigh’s offense something positive to build on going into their bye week.

RB Ulonzo Gilliam led the Aggies in rushing with 59 yards and a rushing touchdown, while RB Tehran Thomas would punch one in as well to give the Aggies a 28-0 lead.

RB Zaythan Hill would lead the Mountain Hawks in rushing with 43 yards on 6 carries, while WR Jorge Portorreal would have 9 catches for 75 yards. Monaco would end the evening 15-for-35 passing for 171 yards, most of it coming on the TD pass to Bibbens.

UC Davis notched 7 sacks on the evening and pressured Monaco almost the entire game. LB Da’Von Frazier led the Aggies with 3 tackles for loss, while DL Nick Eaton had 2 1/12 sacks. One of his sacks resulted in a fumble recovered by LB Nas Anesi.

For Lehigh, LB Keith Woetzel led the Mountain Hawks with 16 tackles, 13 of them solo tackles, while DE Erik Slater notched 3 tackles for loss.