DAVIS — The Cal Poly football team failed to recover an onside kick in the final 2:08, and the Mustangs were unable to complete their fifth straight comeback in a 24-17 loss to UC Davis that likely dealt a critical blow to Cal Poly's playoff hopes.
Deonte Williams rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown in his best game as a Mustang, and Andre Broadous also ran for a touchdown for Cal Poly (5-4, 3-1 Great West Conference), which trailed the Aggies (3-6, 1-2 Great West) 21-3 at the half.
Cal Poly had one last chance with less than a minute left, but Broadous was sacked and fumbled the ball back to the Aggies in UC Davis territory to end the game.
The Mustangs are not officially eliminated from the FCS playoffs, but with the loss, they will be unable to secure the seven Division I victories recommended for consideration for an at-large berth to the 20-team bracket.
Cal Poly already earned at least a share of the Great West title, but the conference does not award an automatic berth.