OGDEN The playoffs may be an improbability.
That hardly means there is nothing on the line for Weber State when it faces Eastern Washington in the season finale on Saturday.
"It's a legit tie for second," Weber State offensive lineman David Hale said. "This game is the biggest game of the season."
The Wildcats, the same team that started the season with four straight losses and looked lost in many ways, do indeed have a chance to finish second in the Big Sky. With a 4-3 record, WSU sits just one game behind EWU and a win on Saturday would erase pretty much all memories of that horrible beginning.
"This is a pretty ideal situation for us," Weber State coach Ron McBride said. "There's a whole lot of incentives for us going into this game."
Not only can the Wildcats claw their way to a second-place tie, they can achieve something few thought possible a month ago: a winning season.
And after starting the season with an 0-4 record, finishing with six wins in seven weeks would provide the young Wildcats a load of confidence and momentum as they head into the offseason.
"The biggest thing," junior defensive lineman Pate Moleni said, "is to have a winning season. That's a win we won the season."
Should the Wildcats win, they will wrap up the year with a 5-3 Big Sky mark and share second place with EWU, Northern Arizona and possibly Montana State.
The Eagles, currently ranked No. 15 in the I-AA poll, are 7-3 with a 5-2 Big Sky record.
DEFENSIVE DOMINATION: Weber State's offense has, understandably, received plenty of attention because of its newfound potency.
After scoring 73 points against Portland State, WSU put up 52 and 48 points the following two games. The defense, though, was anything but potent as PSU and Idaho State moved the ball up and down the field.
That was certainly not the case last week as Fort Lewis a 1-9 Division II school came to town and hardly put up a fight.
Weber State gave up just 11 offensive yards topping the school record for defensive prowess set in 1966 when the 'Cats allowed only 52 yards. The minus-2 yards rushing allowed was a Big Sky record.
In running 53 plays, Fort Lewis averaged 0.2 yards per snap. They earned only one first down also a Big Sky defensive record.
ALL-PURPOSE LEADER: Northridge High product Bryant Eteuati continues to lead the NCAA in all-purpose yardage.
The tiny junior is averaging 212.4 yards per game. So far tis year, Eteuati has 1,115 kickoff return yards, 349 punt return yards, 646 receiving yards and 14 rushing yards.Of Weber State's 5,676 all-purpose yards, Eteuati has 2,124 37.4 percent of the team's total.
Wildcats on the air
Weber State (5-5, 4-3) at E. Washington (7-3, 5-2)
Saturday, 3:05 p.m.
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