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Senior Charles Flowers dives to make one of his eight tackles against Montana State this past Saturday. He along with teammate Tamas Stewart are returning to their native California to take on UC Davis this Saturday.
Game Notes: UND seeks to bounce back at UC Davis
Courtesy: UNDsports.com
Release: 09/26/2017
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The Fighting Hawks will look to get into the win column in Big Sky play on Saturday with a road game at UC Davis. This will be only the third meeting between the two schools in six seasons as Big Sky members. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. CT and will be broadcast by the Big Sky’s new television partner: Eleven Sports.

THE BLITZ
• The teams split their two previous Big Sky meetings, but the Aggies took three of four when both were transitioning to the Division I level and were Great West Conference members (2008-11).
• The only meeting during both program’s Division II era was a 2001 National Semifinal in Grand Forks that UND claimed 14-2. UND would go onto win its only DII National Championship the next week with a 17-14 victory over Grand Valley State.
• The UND coaching staff will be wearing special “Coach To Cure MD” patches on the sidelines for the matchup with the Aggies. The patches will be worn to help bring awareness and raise money for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Over the last nine years, Coach To Cure MD has raised more than $1.5 million. Donations are currently being accepted at www.CoachToCureMD.org.
• UND’s 49-21 loss to Montana State snapped an 11-game Big Sky winning streak and seven-game regular season winning streak at the Alerus Center. The setback also dropped UND to 3-3 in Big Sky openers.
• The Fighting Hawks also dropped out of both the STATS FCS poll and FCS Coaches’ poll for the first time this season. UND is receiving votes in both polls after getting 218 in the STATS poll (27th most) and 21 in the coaches’ poll (30th).
• Senior Jake Disterhaupt scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 37-yard interception return in the second quarter vs. MSU. It was Disterhaupt’s second career INT and marked the 19th defensive touchdown for UND since moving to the Division I level prior to the 2008 season (13 have come on interceptions).
• With his 34-yard touchdown run in the third quarter vs. MSU, junior Brady Oliveira has now accounted for at least one score in the last nine Big Sky games. The 34-yard scoring run was the longest of the season by a Fighting Hawk.

LAST TIME OUT: MONTANA STATE 49, (17/19) UND 21
For the second straight week, UND could not get any rhythm going early, digging itself a big hole. This time visiting Montana State built a 21-0 advantage before the Fighting Hawks got a defensive touchdown thanks to a 37-yard interception return by Jake Disterhaupt. UND pulled with 35-21 thanks to a 34-yard touchdown run by Brady Oliveira and two-point conversion catch from Noah Wanzek, but the Bobcats would not allow the home team to get any closer en route to a 49-21 victory in the Big Sky opener for both schools.

WHERE TO WATCH/LISTEN/TRACK
TV: Eleven Sports Network
UND Radio: 96.1 FM (Grand Forks)
Live Video Stream: Pluto.TV (Channel 240)
Live Audio Stream: www.UNDSports.com and UND Sports Mobile
Live Stats: www.UCDavisAggies.com

WHAT’S NEXT?
UND returns to the Alerus Center on Oct. 7 for its Homecoming tilt against Northern Colorado. Kickoff against the Bears is set for 2:30 p.m. CT. UND owns a 63-31-4 all-time record in Homecoming games following the 45-23 win over Southern Utah in the 2016 affair.

ATTENDANCE SPIKE
With 12,342 on hand to watch the Montana State game, the Fighting Hawks drew crowds of 12,000-plus in back-to-back games for the first time since the Alerus Center opened in 2001. Saturday’s attendance figure also marked the first sellout since the 2009 season opener against South Dakota (12,431). Back in the inaugural season of UND’s indoor stadium, the NDSU game drew a single-game attendance record of 13,500 (Oct. 6) that still stands and two weeks later, 12,580 watched the UND-Omaha game (Oct. 20).

GOING BACK TO CALI
This will be the 11th time UND has played on California soil since joining the Division I ranks prior to the 2008 season. The Fighting Hawks own a 4-6 record in those contests, including back-to-back wins in which they have outscored their opponents 86-27 in the last two trips to the Golden State (45-21 at Cal Poly; 11/21/15 and 41-6; Oct. 8).

There are three Californians on the current roster and two of them should have an impact come Saturday against the Aggies. Safeties Chuck Flowers (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Tamas Stewart (Rialto, Calif.) combined for 18 tackles in last Saturday’s loss to Montana State. Flowers has started all four games and ranks second on the team with 30 tackles, while Stewart has come off the bench in all four contests and ranks sixth on the team with 18 tackles. The JUCO-transfer had a career-high 10 of those against the Bobcats in the most extensive action of his brief UND career.

NICE ADJUSTMENT
Senior Jake Disterhaupt made the move to inside linebacker before the start of the season and the captain seems to be adjusting well to his new role. The former outside backer has three double-digit tackle performances to his credit and is coming off his second-straight game with 13 stops. He leads the team with 41 total tackles and also added a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown in the loss to Montana State (Sept. 23). The interception was the second for Disterhaupt and the fifth pick six by a UND defender in the past 15 games.

INJURY BUG
This week’s injury report features 12 names that have started multiple games in their careers or were counted on to be in the 2017 two-deep entering the campaign. Defensive backs Deion Harris and Andre Randolph were both lost for the season before it even started, while sophomore linebacker Donnell Rodgers (Missouri State; Sept. 23), senior wide receiver Josh Seibel (fall camp), junior wide receiver Luke Stanley (preseason) and junior offensive lineman Demon Taylor (Missouri State; Sept. 9) are all out indefinitely. Six more are considered questionable for this Saturday’s game at UC Davis and five of them all have at least one start under their belts in 2017 (offensive lineman Mat Cox; 3, cornerback Evan Holm; 3, linebacker Cam Hunt, fullback Kyle Norberg; 1, safety Cole Reyes; 4 and offensive lineman A.J. Stockwell; 3). Hunt redshirted a season ago and the inside linebacker gradually worked his way back onto the practice field this past week for the first time since last fall.

STUCK IN NEUTRAL
UND’s offense has managed only six first-quarter points this season, including being blanked in back-to-back losses. The second quarter has been the most fruitful, however, as the Fighting Hawks have racked up nearly half of their 78 total points this season in the quarter before halftime. UND scored 21 second-quarter points in the 34-0 shutout of Missouri State (Sept. 9) and has 37 total points on the season during that frame.

SHIRTLESS IN SALT LAKE CITY
Defensive backs and Colorado natives Hayden Blubaugh and Ty Shannon both made their collegiate debuts in Salt Lake City against Utah. Blubaugh played as a reserve cornerback and kick returner, while Shannon played some safety late in the fourth quarter.

Classmate Izzy Adeoti also made the trip, but the rookie wide receiver did not see any game action. He ended up making his collegiate debut vs. Missouri State, catching one pass for seven yards and adding a five-yard rush.

UND DEBUTS
Ten more Fighting Hawks joined Blubaugh and Shannon in making their UND debuts against the Utes. Redshirt freshman Ryan Tobin, was the only one among that dozen to garner a start as he debuted at left guard.

The remaining nine players to make UND debuts were outside linebacker Jaxson Turner, safety Tamas Stewart, running back James Johannesson, tight end Hunter Pinke, outside linebacker Ray Haas, outside linebacker Andre Steiger, inside linebacker Corby Richman, offensive lineman Nathan Nguon and tight end Logan Alm.

Besides Izzy Adeoti, several other Fighting Hawks made their debuts in the green and white. Redshirt freshmen Noah Mortel and Sean Russo both got reps along the offensive line, while linebacker Jake Rastas made three tackles and was credited with a half-a-sack vs. the Bears.

FIRST-TIME STARTERS
Four defenders joined Tobin in making their first career starts in Salt Lake City. Junior Austin Cieslak started at defensive end and picked up a TFL on the first play of the game. Jade Lawrence (outside) and Donnell Rodgers (inside) garnered starts at linebacker and Evan Holm started at cornerback.

Lawrence finished with a career-high seven tackles, including a team-best two for a loss. Rodgers added four tackles and a sack, while Holm had a career-high eight tackles and corralled the second interception of his career against the Utes.

Redshirt freshman Jake Rastas added his name to the list of first-time starters this season against South Dakota (Sept. 16). Rastas was one of three Fighting Hawks to post double-figure tackles in the game, finishing with 11 against the Coyotes.

Classmate Noah Mortel earned his first start a week later in the Big Sky opener vs. Montana State (Sept. 23). He played all the offensive snaps at left tackle against the Bobcats.

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