Weber State football: Wildcats look for first road win at No. 6 Eastern Washington

By Ryan Love

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Oct. 4 2013 8:35 p.m. MDT

Weber State Wildcats wide receiver Kela Marciel (10) scores on a two point conversion during NCAA football in Ogden Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.

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OGDEN — Following a four-game skid, the Weber State Wildcats (1-4) look to get back on track against yet another ranked opponent, Eastern Washington, Saturday night at Roos Field.

The 'Cats are coming off their worst home loss in nine years, a 31-3 blowout against Sacramento State, while the No. 6 Eagles are coming off a road loss to Sam Houston State.

Last Saturday was Sacramento State's first win in Ogden, and the Hornets racked up 382 yards of total offense and forced four turnovers against a struggling Weber State team.

"I thought there were some positives from Saturday's game (against Sacramento State), but we have to take responsibility for the mistakes we made," said head coach Jody Sears. "We have to take care of the details and we didn't do that in the game."

The Wildcats' offensive struggles continue, as they rank last in the Big Sky in total offense, averaging 273.8 yards per game, and are 12th in the conference in scoring average at 14.4 points per game. Weber State has failed to score 10 points in four straight games for the first time in school history.

WSU's game against Eastern Washington will be a bit of a homecoming for Sears, who spent five seasons (2003-07) as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles. In his five seasons at Eastern Washington, the Eagles captured two Big Sky titles and advanced to the FCS playoffs three times.

WSU will no longer use a two-quarterback system, as senior quarterback Jordan Adamczyk decided to leave the Wildcat program earlier this week.

"Jordan has battled a series of knee injuries and he decided it was best for him to have surgery and finish his degree," said Sears. "We thank Jordan for his contributions to Weber State and wish him the best in his future."

Freshman Austin Chipoletti will start his third-consecutive game Saturday against the Hornets. On the season, he has thrown for 273 yards and one touchdown and is completing 48 percent of his passes.

WSU senior linebacker and captain Anthony Morales is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury and will be a game-time decision.

"As coaches, we have to take the responsibility to make sure we are taking care of the ball and executing our game plan," Sears added. "We have to limit our mistakes and put our players in position to make plays."

The Wildcats and Eagles kick off at 5:05 p.m. Saturday night.

Following Saturday's game, the Wildcats will remain on the road and head to No. 18 Cal Poly next 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 Oct. 2012.

Follow him on Twitter @RLove7724

EMAIL: rlove@deseretnews.com

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