UC Davis Aggies football

The UC Davis Aggies football team represents the University of California, Davis in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) intercollegiate competition. The UC Davis football program began competing in 1915, and has fielded a team each year since with the exception of 1918 during World War I and from 1943 to 1945 during World War II, when the campus, then known as the University Farm, was shut down.[2] UC Davis competed as a member of the NCAA College Division through 1972. From 1973 to 2006, the Aggies competed within the NCAA Division II. In 2007, UC Davis promoted its football program to the Division I FCS level, and joined the Great West Conference.[3] UC Davis has secured a total of 30 conference championships. Between 1929 and 1992, the Aggies captured 27 outright or shared Northern California Athletic Conference championships, including 20 in a row from 1971 to 1990. In 1993, UC Davis shared the American West Conference title, and in 2005 and 2009, the Aggies have won the Great West Conference.[4]

UC Davis Aggies football
2019 UC Davis Aggies football team
First season1915
Athletic directorKevin Blue
Head coachDan Hawkins
3rd season, 19–14 (.576)
StadiumUC Davis Health Stadium
(Capacity: 10,849)
Year built2007
Field surfaceSportexe
LocationDavis, California, United States
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
Past conferencesNorthern California Athletic Conference (1925–1992), American West Conference (1993)
All-time record48637035 (.565)
Bowl record05 (.000)
Conference titles30
ColorsYale Blue and Gold[1]

Conference affiliations

UC Davis has been both independent and affiliated with multiple conferences.[5]:46


Conference championships

UC Davis Aggies football program has won or shared a total of 31 conference championships since 1915, including 27 from the Northern California Athletic Conference where they won 20 straight conference champions from 1971–1990.[6]

Year Conference Overall Coach
1929Northern California Athletic Conference6–2Crip Toomey
1947†Northern California Athletic Conference4–5Vern Hickey
1949Northern California Athletic Conference5–4Ted Forbes
1951Northern California Athletic Conference5–4Ted Forbes
1956†Northern California Athletic Conference7–2Will Lotter
1963†Northern California Athletic Conference6–2–1Herb Schmalenberger
1971†Northern California Athletic Conference9–1Jim Sochor
1972Northern California Athletic Conference6–2–2Jim Sochor
1973†Northern California Athletic Conference7–3Jim Sochor
1974Northern California Athletic Conference9–1Jim Sochor
1975Northern California Athletic Conference7–3Jim Sochor
1976Northern California Athletic Conference8–2Jim Sochor
1977Northern California Athletic Conference11–1Jim Sochor
1978Northern California Athletic Conference8–3Jim Sochor
1979Northern California Athletic Conference6–3–1Jim Sochor
1980Northern California Athletic Conference7–2–1Jim Sochor
1981†Northern California Athletic Conference6–4Jim Sochor
1982Northern California Athletic Conference12–1Jim Sochor
1983Northern California Athletic Conference11–1Jim Sochor
1984Northern California Athletic Conference9–2Jim Sochor
1985Northern California Athletic Conference9–2Jim Sochor
1986Northern California Athletic Conference10–1Jim Sochor
1987Northern California Athletic Conference7–3Jim Sochor
1988Northern California Athletic Conference7–3Jim Sochor
1989Northern California Athletic Conference8–3Bob Foster
1990Northern California Athletic Conference7–3Bob Foster
1992Northern California Athletic Conference8–2–1Bob Foster
1993†American West Conference10–2Bob Biggs
2005†Great West Football Conference6–5Bob Biggs
2009Great West Football Conference6–5Bob Biggs
2018Big Sky Conference10–3Dan Hawkins

† Co-champion

Bowl games and playoff history

Bowl Date Opponent Result
Pear BowlNovember 24, 1949Pacific (OR)L 15–33
Pear BowlNovember 24, 1951Pacific (OR)L 7–25
Boardwalk BowlDecember 9, 1972UMassL 14–35
Knute Rockne Bowl (NCAA Division II Semifinal)December 3, 1977LehighL 30–39
Palm Bowl (NCAA Division II Championship)December 11, 1982Southwest Texas StateL 9–34

FCS Playoffs results

The Aggies have appeared in the FCS Playoffs one time. Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2018Second Round
Northern Iowa
Eastern Washington
W 23–16
L 29–34


The Sacramento State Hornets are the natural cross-town rival who battles UC Davis annually for the Causeway Carriage. This rivalry is known as the Causeway Classic. UC Davis leads the all-time series 40 to 18 with no ties. Cal Poly Mustangs are another rival of the Aggies. UC Davis and Cal Poly play yearly in the Battle for the Golden Horseshoe, where the winner receives a trophy of a large golden horseshoe. Both Sacramento State and Cal Poly are also the Aggies' designated rivals for Big Sky Conference scheduling purposes, which means UC Davis plays both teams every year as part of its conference schedule.

Notable players


  1. "UC Davis Athletics Style Guide" (PDF). Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  2. "UC Davis Magazine". Ucdavismagazine.ucdavis.edu. 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
  3. California-Davis Aggies, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved December 26, 2010.
  4. California-Davis Composite Championship Listing, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved December 26, 2010.
  5. "2018 Media Guide" (PDF). ucdavisaggies.com. UC Davis Athletics.
  6. "California-Davis Championships". Cfbdatawarehouse.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
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