PORTLAND, Ore. With the Big Sky championship out of reach and a berth in the FCS playoffs a virtual impossibility, Weber State has now boiled its season down to a few specific goals.
First up: Correct what went wrong in last week's home loss to Northern Arizona and beat Portland State this afternoon.
"Obviously we need to eliminate the turnovers," WSU coach Ron McBride said, "which means we need to concentrate more on what is going on and be mentally prepared."
Second: Finish strong and salvage a winning season a task that will require winning each of the four remaining games on the schedule.
The Vikings, much like the Wildcats, are struggling through a disappointing season. First-year coach Jerry Glanville hasn't had much luck bringing NFL-type football to Portland after coming out of retirement to coach the team.
Though PSU is scoring a respectable 24.5 points per game, its defense is among the worst in the Big Sky, giving up more than 34 points per outing.
Making matters worse, starting quarterback Brian White is doubtful to play today with an injured right wrist. His 310 yards of passing per game leads the Big Sky but if he's unable to play, the Wildcats may have a field day on defense against a team that averages just 69.6 rushing yards per contest.
"The run-and-shoot offense will certainly test our defensive backs," McBride said. "They like to spread you out and attack from a lot of different angles but you also need to be aware of the run game at all times. Defensively they fly all over the place with a great deal of energy and passion."
Weber State, if it can eliminate some of the four turnovers that helped it lose last week, should be in good shape with Trevyn Smith (100 rushing yards per game) eating up the clock.
The Wildcat defense is probably licking its chops at the prospects today. PSU has allowed a league-high 40 sacks while the 'Cats have 17 sacks on defense.
A year ago, Portland State beat WSU 20-10 in Ogden.
Weber State will have a pair of home games, against Idaho State and Fort Lewis, to close out the home schedule.