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Ulonzo Gilliam

DAVIS, Calif. -- Redshirt freshman running back, reigning FCS Freshman Player of the Week and Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week Ulonzo Gilliam rushed for three touchdowns, including two during a run of 34 unanswered Aggie points to finish the game, helping UC Davis assemble a 54-21 win over San Diego in collegiate football action at Aggie Stadium Saturday night.


 The Aggies, playing in their home opener, improve to 2-0 for the year — the first time since the 2004 season they opened the season with consecutive victories. The Toreros even their season mark to 1-1.


 Saturday's 54 points are the most scored by the Aggies in a home game and the second-highest total recorded in the program's Big Sky era.


 Gilliam scored his first touchdown on a one-yard plunge less than six minutes into the contest, then ran for back-to-back 11-yarders at 2:50 in the third quarter and 14:32 in the fourth, respectively. His second overall touchdown reversed USD's brief 21-20 lead, and began UC Davis' outburst of scoring to close out the contest.


 After Gilliam recorded the last of his three touchdowns to push the score to 34-21, Vincent White intercepted Anthony Lawrence on the Toreros' 48 and never stopped running until he reached the end zone.


 On San Diego's very next play, it was Cade Peacock's turn to record a pick, which eventually extended his team's advantage to 26 points on sophomore running back Tehran Thomas' 26-yard TD run.


 Sophomore quarterback Brock Johnson recorded his first touchdown as an Aggie, and capped his team's 34-point finish to its home opener when he found senior running back Namane Modise all alone in the middle of the field; he scampered his way around four San Diego defenders to post UC Davis' final points of the night.


 Junior quarterback Jake Maier completed 24 of 48 passes for 302 yards and a touchdown to sophomore wideout Jared Harrell, who led the receiving corps with 6-for-81 stats. Gilliam had 46 yards on 16 carries, while also posting 36 receiving yards. Oddly, Gilliam's longest reception was for five yards, as another 29 ticks came from a Keelan Doss lateral in the third quarter.


 In addition to his pick-six, interception return for a touchdown, White also broke up three passes, one shy of a career high.


 Led by Nas Anesi who finished with six tackles, 29 different Aggies recorded at least one tackle; seven of those tackles were for a loss, which includes two sacks.


 UC Davis' defense shined throughout the entire game; the Toreros did not cross their own 37-yard-line at any point of the first half. Throughout the first and second quarters, the average San Diego drive started on its own nine.


 USD was pinned deep in its own territory thanks to a phenomenal effort by the special teams unit.


 Led by his game-high kick of 58 yards, including three that landed inside the 20, sophomore punter Daniel Whelan averaged 40.7 yards per punt. Five of junior kicker Matt Blair's kickoffs ended with a touchback; junior kicker Max O'Rourke nailed both attempts, include a career-long kick from 45 yards with no time remaining in the first half.


 For USD, quarterback Anthony Lawrence threw for 274 yards and a touchdown, while senior corner Arrion Archie led the Torero defense with 10 stops.


 UC Davis returns to action for an 11 a.m. game at Stanford on Saturday in a game televised by the Pac-12 Networks.

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Jerry Hilliard at Hall of Fame Banquet 2018

Jerry Hilliard was Honored and Inducted into the PVILCA (Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association) July 21, 2018 at Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio Texas.  His family of 10 traveled with him to Texas to receive this Honor. Also family from Texas was there to witness this occasion.

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