With its league title chances shot, Weber State can play the proverbial spoiler role when the Wildcats (3-3 in Big Sky, 4-4 overall), play host to the unbeaten Nevada Wolf Pack today at Wildcat Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.Nevada, which dropped the "Reno" from its name this year, comes into the contest ranked No. 2 in the nation in I-AA. The Wolf Pack have a 5-0 Big Sky record and 7-0 mark overall. They are coming off an impressive 26-14 road victory over I-A Nevada-Las Vegas last week.
"In some ways they are as good as any team we've played this year," said Weber State Coach Dave Arslanian, whose squad played unbeaten, 18th-ranked Wyoming within nine points last week. "They have three players as good as any in the country."
Those three are cornerback Bernard Ellison, who was the league's defensive player of the year two years ago, quarterback Fred Gatlin and wide receiver Treamelle Taylor.
Gatlin, who had a string of 114 passes without an interception stoped earlier this year, is working on a streak of 30 straight without a pickoff. Taylor has 35 receptions for 502 yards and three touchdowns and has returned a kickoff and a punt for TDs.
Defensively, Nevada is led by inside linebacker Matt Clafton (81 tackles) and defensive end Mar Drahos (7 quarterback sacks).
For Weber, quarterback Jamie Martin is working on a streak of six straight 300-yard-plus passing games. Martin needs just 534 more yards in the remaining three games to break Dave Stireman's single-season passing record.
The Wildcats should be a bit healthier than last week in Laramie. Linebacker Troy Juergens, who has been out with an injured knee, should be back as should running back George Jackson, who has been out with a sprained knee.
Although the Wildcats will be the underdogs today, Arslanian hopes they can work the same magic as they did two years ago when they upset an unbeaten Wolf Pack team in Ogden.
"Last time they came here undefeated and we knocked them off, so we'll see if we can do it again," he said.