Weber State football: Wildcats open up Big Sky play Saturday night against Sacramento State
Matt Gade, Deseret News
OGDEN — After three games on the road, the Weber State Wildcats (1-3) are finally headed back home to open up Big Sky Conference action Saturday night against Sacramento State (1-3).
WSU jumped out to an early 6-0 lead last Saturday at McNeese State, but the 12th ranked Cowboys quickly stopped the bleeding and came out on top 43-6 on a rainy night at Cowboy Stadium.
"We made some mistakes and played very inconsistently (at McNeese State), so we know we have things to work on. We are excited to return home and open Big Sky play this week," said head coach Jody Sears.
The defensive woes continued on the road as McNeese State finished the game with 585 yards of total offense, while the Wildcats tallied only 308 yards. Weber State is also yet to score a point in the second quarter in any of its four games this season.
The purple and white are ranked last in the Big Sky in several defensive categories such as points per game (55.8), rushing defense (270.5), passing defense (320.5) and total defense. They are giving up an average of 591 yards of total offense per game.
Some of these statistics could be attributed to Weber State's extremely difficult schedule, which is ranked as the 34th most difficult schedule in all of Division I football and the eighth most difficult in FCS football.
However, Anthony Morales, James Washington and Luke King all had strong defensive performances last week. They combined for 25 tackles, three tackles for loss and two forced fumbles to anchor the defense.
Morales officially cracked the top 10 in WSU history for career tackles Saturday night. The Wildcats' leading tackler will need to continue his stellar play Saturday night to help the home team come away with a victory on homecoming night.
Bo Bolen, who finished last Saturday's game with 122 all-purpose yards, and Austin Chipoletti, who threw his first career touchdown last week, will both be expected to have strong offensive performances.
"We know Sacramento State is a good football team. They have played two FBS opponents like we have," Sears said. "They are an experienced team and we know they will be highly motivated coming in here."
The Wildcats and the Hornets kick off at 6:05 p.m. at Stewart Stadium Saturday night.
Ryan Love is a full-time student at the University of Utah studying communications and has been a part-time sports reporter and scoreboarder for the Deseret News since October 2012.
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