UC Davis 27, Southern Utah 7


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DAVIS, Calif. (AP) -- Running back Marcus Nolan rushed for 134 yards on 29 carries and one touchdown, and caught 12 passes for 71 yards, to lead UC Davis to a 27-7 victory over Southern Utah on Saturday.

John Grant completed 26 of 36 passes for 233 yards and two TDs for the Aggies (4-3, 1-1 Great Western Football Conference), who have won five straight home games dating back to last season.

With the Aggies ahead 17-0 at the half, Grant extended the lead when he threw his second touchdown pass to Luke McDonough early in the fourth quarter, and Emmanuel Benjamin kicked his second field goal, a 43-yard boot, late in the period.

The Thunderbirds (3-5, 0-2 GWFC) avoided a shutout when receiver Joey Hew Len caught a 14-yard pass from quarterback Wes Marshall with 8:21 left in the game.

Hew Len had five catches for 36 yards and Johhnu Sanchez had 38 rushing yards for the Thunderbirds, who completed a four-game road stretch.

Benjamin opened the scoring with 2:43 left in the first quarter, kicking a 27-yard field goal.

Grant then found Chris Carter for a 21-yard TD in the second quarter and linebacker Tyler Pringle's interception set up Nolan's 6-yard scoring run.

Nolan caught 10 passes for 60 yards and rushed for 61 on the ground in the first half for UC Davis, while the Aggies' defense held the Thunderbirds to 39 total offensive yards.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-10-21-06 1746MDT

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