Weber State hopes to stay hot and hopes Montana stays cold, when the Wildcats and Grizzlies meet today at 6 p.m. in Wildcat Stadium.
The Wildcats are coming off a pair of impressive wins over Montana State two weeks ago at home and over Eastern Washington on the road last week. With a 4-2 record overall record and a 3-2 Big Sky mark, the Wildcats jumped into the national I-AA rankings this week at No. 18.The Grizzlies (3-2, 0-2), on the other hand have struggled since taking a 35-17 fourth-quarter lead over Eastern Washington two weeks ago. They blew that game and were subsequently blown out by Boise State 41-3 last week. Before those games, Montana was ranked No. 2 in I-AA.
"We're looking forward to our big game with Montana," said Weber Coach Dave Arslanian, who also knows how dangerous the Grizzlies can be.
The Grizzlies, who opened with a upset road win over Oregon State are led by quarterback Grady Bennett, who was picked as the league's preseason choice as offensive player of the year. Until last week, he had thrown at least two touchdown passes in each game. Bennett has thrown passes to 17 different receivers this year.
The Montana defense is one of the strongest in the league, giving up just 82 yards rushing and 317 yards overall.
Earlier in the week Arslanian announced that his team would just go for two points after every touchdown, figuring if it succeeded half the time, it would be as good as kicking the extra points.
The Wildcats scored 68 points in two games without making a single point on kicks.
But that plan may change now that senior kicker Brent Chuhaniuk has been reinstated to the team. Chuhaniuk was suspended Sept. 20 for an undisclosed violation of school and team rules.