Weber State football: Cameron Higgins closing in on school record

Published: Saturday, Nov. 20 2010 12:30 a.m. MST

Weber State quarterback Cameron Higgins reached a major milestone last week — and he's aiming for another one today.

Higgins became the Big Sky's all-time leader in touchdown passes when he threw a 64-yard touchdown strike to Joe Collins in a win over Northern Arizona last Saturday. In what will most likely be the Wildcats' final game of the season today at Texas Tech, he could become Weber State's all-time leading passer.

Higgins needs to throw for 114 yards against the Red Raiders to pass Jamie Martin for most career passing yards at Weber State. He would also pass Martin for second on the Big Sky's career passing yards list.

But with the Wildcats' season hanging by a thread, Higgins said he hasn't thought much about the individual marks.

"I think the memories are more important to me," Higgins said of his time at Weber State.

Beating an FBS team would obviously rank among Higgins' top memories as a Wildcat — if Weber State can pull off a monumental upset today.

The Wildcats need to defeat Texas Tech in order to have a shot at a third straight trip to the FCS playoffs. A victory might not be enough to reach the postseason, but just the thought of this being a play-in game has kept Weber State motivated in spirited practices this week.

"You got a big-time win over a Division I program," coach Ron McBride said of how the FCS playoff committee would have to take notice of a Wildcat upset win. "That gives us seven wins and puts us in a pretty good position as far as they got to look at you and say, '(Shoot), this is a pretty good football team.' "

Texas Tech is 5-5 and owns a win over a ranked opponent in Missouri. The Red Raiders are coming off a 45-7 loss to Oklahoma, so they might be looking to take some frustrations out on the Wildcats.

Red Raiders quarterback Taylor Potts said his team is taking the Wildcats seriously.

"I think they will definitely try to play their best game of the year, and I think the schools like Appalachian State when they went into Michigan and beat them a couple of years ago that was a huge deal," Potts said. "I'm sure they want to come in and dominate this game and beat us at our place.

"We know we will need to come out and play really hard and really well and try to limit the mistakes we have been making in key situations."

Higgins has been banged up the last two weeks, suffering a knee injury against Montana State and an ankle injury against Northern Arizona. He is expected to start against the Red Raiders.

The Wildcats are just 3-43 in all-time games against FBS opponents, so they know what they're up against today. This will be their first-ever game against a Big 12 team.

"It's a tough matchup," McBride said. "You got what you got, man. We'll go down and play and see what we can do."

Wildcats on the air

Weber State (6-4) at Texas Tech (5-5)

Today, 1:05 p.m.

Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, Texas

TV: None Radio: 1430 AM

e-mail: aaragon@desnews.com

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