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Road woes continue for Sioux football team

DAVIS, Calif. - The University of North Dakota already knew what it takes to compete at the Division I FCS level. The Sioux, however, are still searching for answers on what it takes to consistently win road games at the Division I level. UC Davi...

DAVIS, Calif. - The University of North Dakota already knew what it takes to compete at the Division I FCS level.

The Sioux, however, are still searching for answers on what it takes to consistently win road games at the Division I level.

UC Davis - the only team to win on the road this season in the Great West Conference - made a few more plays than UND on Saturday, which resulted in the Aggies' 28-20 win over the Sioux. The win clinched the Great West title for UC Davis.

"We can play with these guys any day of the week," Sioux quarterback Brent Goska said. "We know it. We just have to finish games."

But the Sioux couldn't finish, allowing UC Davis to win its second league title before 9,239 fans at Aggie Stadium. UC Davis finished 3-1 in the league and 6-4 overall, while the Sioux dropped to 2-2 and 5-5 and now shoots for a winning season in two weeks at Central Arkansas.

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"The one thing we can take from this is that this is a learning experience for our younger guys," UND coach Chris Mussman said. "We played a full conference schedule for the first time and here we were with a chance to win a league title. To come this close is a good experience. We just have to build on it."

UC Davis led the entire way but the Sioux made things interesting with a strong third quarter. UC Davis' 14-0 lead, coming on two Greg Denham touchdown passes in the first half, wilted to 14-13 after Brandon Hellevang kicked a 37-yard field goal with 27 seconds left in the third quarter.

UC Davis then came up with its conference-clinching drive. Josh Reese's

1-yard scoring run with 10:53 to play gave the Aggies a 21-13 lead.

"That was really big for us because we didn't do much in the third quarter," UC Davis coach Bob Biggs said.

The Sioux closed to within 28-20 on Landry's 21-yard scoring pass to Ryan Konrath with 3:37 to play.

North Dakota 0 7 6 7 - 20

UC Davis 7 7 0 14 - 28

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First Quarter

UCDa - Carter 15 pass from Denham (Kelley kick), 4:32.

Second Quarter

UCDa - Kirkpatrick 34 pass from Denham (Kelley kick), 13:42.

NDAK - Tibesar 1 pass from Goska (Hellevang kick), 9:06.

Third Quarter

NDAK - FG Hellevang 52, 2:36.

NDAK - FG Hellevang 37, :27.

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Fourth Quarter

UCDa - Reese 1 run (Kelley kick), 10:53.

UCDa - Carter 8 pass from Denham (Kelley kick), 7:33.

NDAK - Konrath 21 pass from Landry (Hellevang kick), 3:37.

A - 9,239.

NDAK UCDa

First downs 13 20

Rushes-yards 27-126 33-94

Passing 139 284

Comp-Att-Int 19-37-1 25-37-1

Return Yards 16 56

Punts-Avg. 7-40.9 6-32.7

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0

Penalties-Yards 5-37 7-50

Time of Possession 26:13 33:47

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: North Dakota, Goska 10-77, Sutton 8-44, Landry 8-15, Bamba 1-(minus 10). UC Davis, Trombetta 8-37, Reese 10-30, Denham 7-17, Aprile 7-14, Team 1-(minus 4).

PASSING: North Dakota, Landry 13-24-1-107, Goska 6-11-0-32, Sutton 0-1-0-0, Team 0-1-0-0. UC Davis, Denham 25-37-1-284.

RECEIVING: North Dakota, Konrath 5-49, Bamba 5-44, Anderson 2-17, Dressler 2-11, Sutton 2-11, Dombrovski 1-6, Tibesar 1-1, Solum 1-0. UC Davis, Carter 9-96, Grant 5-57, Trombetta 3-30, Rogers 3-19, Kirkpatrick 2-39, Creadick 1-26, Bispo 1-11, Reese 1-6.

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