NU grads rip up gridiron |

NU grads rip up gridiron

Former Nevada Union standout Matt Massari knew he was having an exceptional day for UC Davis Saturday against Abilene Christian.

But 200 yards plus? That was surprising news even to Massari, who shredded the Wildcats for 237 yards in 16 carries and two touchdowns as the Aggies walked away with a 34-17 win.

“I really didn’t know I rushed for that much until after the game was over,” said the Aggie sophomore. “But more important than the yardage was the fact that we won the game.”

Massari’s day was part of a Nevada Union trifecta, as Class of 2000 NU graduates Spencer Havner and Logan Carter each had impact days at the collegiate level as well. Carter, who starts at inside linebacker for University of Nevada-Reno, helped his team to an upset victory over Brigham Young, while Havner’s second-quarter interception returned for a 23-yard touchdown keyed UCLA’s win over Oklahoma State. Havner, who starts at outside linebacker for the Bruins, also made a key play late in the Bruins’ opener last week against Colorado State to preserve a win.

“I’m so proud of all three of them,” said NU coach Dave Humphers. “I’m thrilled for all of their success, from Matt’s big day, to Spencer’s interception, to Logan and his team pulling off one of the biggest wins in the school’s history.”

Massari scored the first points of the day on a two-yard run midway through the first quarter, then all but sealed the game with an 89-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

“I broke through the middle, faked out a couple of players, then saw the field was wide open to the end zone,” Massari said. “At that point, all I was thinking was that I didn’t want to get caught, because earlier I had had a 50- or 60-yard run where I had been caught.”

Massari, who started one game last year and rushed for more than 100 yards against Sacramento State in another, said Saturday’s game does add to his confidence.

“I’ve got to give the credit to what happened Saturday to the offensive line, and the holes they made for me” Massari said, later adding. “Along with the confidence from the game, I also know that there are ups and downs with football. Sometimes you might have a great game, other times no, so it is important to stay level-headed. I just hope to stay healthy and continue to have a good season.”

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