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Weber State rallies to win Ron McBride's last game

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Published: Sunday, Nov. 20 2011 1:00 a.m. MST

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Weber State football team sent head coach Ron McBride out on a high note with a 48-33 come-from-behind win at Portland State on Saturday afternoon.

It was the final game for Coach Mac after seven seasons as head coach at Weber State, 20 seasons as a head coach, and nearly 50 years as a Division I football coach.

On Saturday it was C.J. Tuckett who once again led the Wildcats, finishing with 211 yards rushing and five touchdowns — becoming just the second Wildcat to ever have five rushing touchdowns in one game. Tuckett, who rushed for over 250 yards and three TDs last week, had touchdown runs of 53, 1, 4, 3 and 30 yards to lead the Wildcats to the win.

Tuckett, a junior from Malta, Idaho, started the scoring for the Wildcats with a 53-yard touchdown run, but the Vikings came back with back-to-back scores. Late in the first quarter, Mike Hoke found Shaydon Kehano for a 10-yard touchdown pass and the 'Cats led 13-10 after the first quarter.

Weber State led 27-20 at halftime after Hoke and Tuckett each had touchdown runs.

However, for the fourth straight game, Weber State failed to score in the third quarter and the Vikings tied the game at 27 after three quarters.

After the Vikings kicked a field goal early in the fourth quarter, PSU led 30-27 when Weber State took over. Tuckett had a 4-yard touchdown run to give the 'Cats a 34-30 lead with 7:30 to play. On Portland State's next possession, Anthony Morales intercepted a Viking pass and set up another Tuckett TD run, which gave Weber State a 41-30 lead. The Vikings had another field goal, but Tuckett scored again late to seal the win with his 30-yard touchdown run, It was Weber State's fifth straight victory over the Vikings.

Portland State, who was looking to clinch third place in the Big Sky standings and gain a possible FCS playoff berth with the win, gained 496 yards of total offense, compared to just 374 for the Wildcats. However, Weber State finished with 268 yards rushing and held the Vikings to just 120 yards rushing. Entering the game, Portland State was leading the Big Sky in rushing with 260 yards per game.

Hoke finished the day 9-of-14 passing for 106 yards and one touchdown, with Kehano pulling down five catches for 68 yards and a TD.

Weber State had some standout performances defensively, as senior linebacker Nick Webb led the 'Cats with 14 tackles and also had a blocked punt and a fumble recovery. Webb finishes his four-year career with the Wildcats with 287 career tackles, ranking ninth in school history. He also finishes with 167 unassisted tackles to rank second in school history.

Morales had 12 tackles, including one for a loss and the big interception to help seal the victory. Tony Epperson finished with 10 total tackles for Weber State.

With the victory, the Wildcats end the season with a 5-6 record and finish in a tie for third in the Big Sky standings with a 5-3 conference record.

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