Maier connected with three separate receivers as the Aggies (4-4, 2-2 Big Sky Conference) jumped out to a 26-0 lead with 2:29 to play in the second quarter. Lance Lawson's 3-yard run for Southern Utah (1-7, 0-4) just before half made it 26-7.
Maier was 25-of-37 passing for 271 yards. Gilliam had 28 carries and scored on a 3-yard run. Niko Harris capped a 16-play, 85-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run that stretched the Aggies' lead to 33-7 with 4:28 to play in the third quarter.
Jay Green Jr. had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs for the Thunderbirds in in the fourth quarter and Manny Berz kicked a 35-yard field goal with a minute left in the game, but UC Davis recovered the ensuing onside kick.
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Galloway, Palmer and Herbstreit unanimously agree LSU should be No. 1
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Dinich predicts Oklahoma taking No. 4 spot in final rankings
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Capital One Fan Vote: Who should be the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff?
Should LSU or Ohio State be the top-ranked team when the College Football Playoff rankings come out on Sunday?