Weber State football: Wildcats back home to host Idaho State in season finale

By Ryan Love

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Nov. 22 2013 11:34 p.m. MST

Montana defensive tackle Alex Bienemann, right,intercepts a pass in the fourth quarter against Weber State in an NCAA college football game in Missoula, Mont., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.

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OGDEN — The Weber State Wildcats (1-10) have one final shot to end their season on a positive note as the Wildcats play host to Big Sky rival Idaho State (3-8) Saturday afternoon in the final week of the regular season.

Weber State is coming off a 42-6 loss at No. 7 Montana last week and has now lost 10 games straight. The Grizzlies dominated the running game as they rushed for 338 yards and put 28 unanswered points up on the board in the second half to pull away from the struggling Wildcats.

Once again, turnovers proved to be costly in WSU's loss to Montana. Weber State coughed up a season-high six turnovers and brought its turnover margin to -13 on the season. The Wildcats should have an easier time Saturday against a weak Idaho State defense.

Despite its current 10-game losing streak, history is in favor of the purple and white, as they have completely dominated Idaho State in the past. The Wildcats have won 10 straight games against the Bengals, including 13 straight in Ogden, and Idaho State hasn't escaped Stewart Stadium with a victory since 1984.

Idaho State is seeking its first road win since 2006, and Weber State is trying to snag just its fourth win in two seasons.

In the last meeting between the two teams, Weber State dismantled the Bengals 40-14 in the final game of the 2012 regular season. The ’Cats racked up 525 yards of total offense en route to their second victory of the 2012-13 season.

A similar outcome would give the 11 Wildcat seniors one final win on their last collegiate game of their careers and could turn things around for the youngsters on the roster.

Weber State has shown improvement, especially on the defensive end, in the past few games, and will really need to show up against Idaho State to cap the season off with a win.

The Wildcats are coming off a disappointing six-yard rushing performance against Montana and will need to establish a powerful running game early in Saturday's contest to come out victorious on Senior Day.

Senior captain Anthony Morales has been a star for the Wildcat defense in all 39 of his career games at Weber State. He has served as a captain in each of the last three seasons and has earned All-Conference honors twice in his short career. He will need to come up big on defense to help the Wildcats extend their winning streak against the Bengals and pick up their second win of the season.

Morales currently ranks fifth in school history in career total tackles and also ranks third in the Big Sky in tackles this season. Morales will take the field as a Wildcat for the last time Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats and Bengals will kick off at 1:05 p.m. at Stewart Stadium.

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.

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