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Comeback falls short in Cal Poly’s 8th straight loss of the season vs. rival UC Davis

Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh on the sideline during a Sept. 23 game against Northern Arizona. Cal Poly fell to 0-8 on the season with a 31-28 loss to rival UC Davis on Saturday.
Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh on the sideline during a Sept. 23 game against Northern Arizona. Cal Poly fell to 0-8 on the season with a 31-28 loss to rival UC Davis on Saturday. The Tribune

UC Davis scored all of its points in the first half to send the Cal Poly football team to a 31-28 loss despite a late comeback effort Saturday at Aggie Stadium in Davis. Cal Poly fell to 0-8 on the season, their worst start since 1964 when the team finished the year 0-10.

In the rivalry battle for the Golden Horseshoe, UC Davis (4-4 overall, 2-3 Big Sky) rattled off three touchdowns in the first quarter, all on scoring passes from Jake Maier. The Aggies’ sophomore signal caller — who leads the nation’s 10th-ranked passing offense coming into the game — connected on touchdown passes of 24, 28 and 50 yards, the first two to Wesley Preece and the third to Aaaron Moore, to give his team a 21-0 lead barely more than six minutes into the game.

Maier finished with 459 yards and four touchdowns on 33-of-43 passing.

Cal Poly (0-8, 0-5) got into the game with a 1-yard touchdown run by Jared Mohamed at the end of the first quarter and another on a 42-yard scoring pass from Jake Jeffrey to running back Kyle Lewis two minutes into the second quarter. Mohamed led the Mustangs offensively with 143 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries. Jeffrey had 212 yards and two touchdowns on 9-of-21 passing.

Jeffrey hit running back Broc Mortensen on an 18-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter, and then Mohamed scored on a 2-yard touchdown run a minute into the fourth to pull the Mustangs to within 31-28. But that was all they could muster, and their final two drives ended on turnover on downs.

Cal Poly now looks forward to two straight home games — a Homecoming matchup with Portland State on Saturday and Sacramento State on Nov. 11 — as the season hits the final, three-game stretch.

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