Wildcats host #20 Cal Poly Friday night
Courtesy: Weber State  
Release: Friday 10/01/2012
Courtesy: Robert Casey
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The Wildcats will host the Mustangs of Cal Poly Friday night at Stewart Stadium.

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Game #6 -- #20 Cal Poly (4-0, 2-0 BSC)
at Weber State (0-5, 0-2 BSC)
Friday, Oct. 5 • 6:00 p.m.   
Ogden, UT •  Stewart Stadium (17,500)
TV: none
Online video: bigskytv.org
Radio: AM - 1280 “The Zone”
Live stats: WeberStateSports.com
Series: Weber State leads 5-3
Streak: Weber State 2 wins
In Ogden: Weber State leads 3-1
Last Meeting: 11/21/09 - Ogden - WSU 49, CP 14
 Weber State returns home to take on new Big Sky member Cal Poly this Friday night at Stewart Stadium.  The Wildcats and Mustangs will kickoff at 6:00 p.m. Friday night, in WSU’s first ever Friday game.  It will be the ninth meeting between the two schools. 
 The Wildcats are 0-5 on the season and coming off a 37-13 loss at UC Davis last Saturday night.  Cal Poly is a perfect 4-0 overall this season and 2-0 in Big Sky play and ranked 20th in the nation in the latest national polls.  The Mustangs will be the third ranked team Weber State has faced in the last four weeks.
  Friday’s game will air live on AM-1280 “The Zone”.  Carl Arky, the 2011 Utah Sportscaster of the Year, will call all the action.  He will be joined in the booth by former Wildcat standout Ty Sparrow.
 There will be no TV of the game but it will be seen live for free on the internet at bigskytv.org. 
 Live stats of the game will be available at WeberStateSports.com. 
 Weber State fell to 0-5 on the season and 0-2 in Big Sky play with a 37-13 loss at UC Davis Saturday night.  Weber State finished the game with more total offensive yards and more first downs but the Aggies controlled the game from the start.  The first half struggles continued for Weber State as UC Davis jumped out to a 31-0 lead before the Wildcats scored in the final minute of the opening half.  The Aggies recorded four sacks against the Wildcats and Weber State committed five turnovers in the game.   
 It was the first game ever for the Wildcats in Davis and the first Big Sky win for the Aggies who joined the conference this summer. 
    Starting the game on a good note has become a major problem for the Wildcats in five games this season.  Weber State has not scored a point in the first quarter and has been outscored 41-0 in the first.  They have been outscored 69-12 in the second quarter and the late touchdown Saturday night was the first touchdown in the first half of the season.  All total WSU has been outscored 110-12 in the first half in five games this season. 
 The ‘Cats lead 36-26 in the third quarter but have been outscored 50-35 in the fourth quarter. 
    Weber State junior Tony Epperson had another solid day punting the ball and continues to lead the nation in punting.  Saturday he had three punts for 154 yards for an average of 51.3 yards per punt.
 After five games this season the Park City native is first in the nation with an average of 48 yards per punt.  He has punted 32 times this season for 1,536 yards.  He has recorded four punts of more than 70 yards, including a 74-yard punt at BYU, which ranks as the seventh best in school history.
 Epperson also leads the Wildcats in total tackles with 39 after recording 10 Saturday night at UC Davis.  He also has one interception, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble on the year. 
    Weber State junior defensive captain Anthony Morales recorded a team-high 11 tackles Saturday at UC Davis.  He had seven solo tackles and four assisted tackles, including one tackle for loss.  It was his second-straight game in double digits in tackles. 
 On the season the Edmond, Oklahoma native ranks sixth in the Big Sky in tackles at 9.5 per game.  He is averaging 12 per game in WSU’s last three outings.  The 16 tackles recorded Sept. 22 against Eastern Washington is the most in a game by any player in the Big Sky this season.   
 In 25 career games with the Wildcats Morales now has 176 total tackles with 14 career tackles for loss. 
    WSU junior wide receiver Erik Walker broke out for a career-game in Saturday’s loss at UC Davis.  The Park City, Utah native finished with three catches for a career-high 88 receiving yards in the game.  He caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Mike Hoke late in the first half for his second touchdown of the season.
 This year Walker has seven catches for 143 yards and two touchdowns.  He is averaging 35.8 receiving yards per game and is averaging a team-high 20.4 yards per catch.  He has appeared in 23 career games with the Wildcats and has 22 catches for 270 yards and three touchdowns.      
    Weber State’s leading rusher this season led the Wildcats once again with 11 carries for 40 yards in Saturday’s game at UC Davis.  On the season Tuckett has 64 carries for 262 rushing and two touchdowns after five games this season.  The Malta, Idaho native is averaging 52.4 yards rushing per game.  He is also approaching a milestone and needs just 64 more rushing yards to become the 27th Wildcat to reach 1,000 career rushing yards.  Tuckett has played in 30 career games in four seasons at Weber Sate and has 152 carries for 936 yards and 12 career touchdowns.
 WSU had more injury problems in Saturday’s game as junior wide receiver Chase Nakamura broke his left arm in the game and will miss the rest of the season.  In five games Nakamura had recorded nine catches for 107 yards.  Junior wide receiver Shaydon Kehano suffered a broken leg in the loss to McNeese State and will miss the remainder of the season.   
 Sophomore linebacker Luke King had shoulder surgery last week and will also miss the rest of the season.  In three games King had recorded 25 total tackles with two tackles for loss. 
    This week’s game will mark the first time Weber State has ever played a game on a Friday.  The ‘Cats have played just eight games that are not on Saturday’s, all coming on Thursday’s.  WSU is 6-2 all-time on Thursday’s with the last Thursday game coming in 2008 when the ‘Cats opened the season with a 62-6 home win over Montana Western.
    In five games this season Weber State has given up 20 sacks, an average of four sacks per game.  The Aggies of UC Davis had four sacks in Saturday’s game.  The 20 sacks allowed is the most given up by any team in FCS football so far this season. 
    Weber State committed a season-high five turnovers in Saturday’s loss with three interceptions and two fumbles.  On the season the ‘Cats rank 11th in the Big Sky  in turnover margin at -1.20.  WSU has committed 12 turnovers on the season with six fumbles and six interceptions.  WSU’s opponents have committed six turnovers so far in five games. 
    After five games the Wildcats rank last in the Big Sky in scoring offense at 16.6 points per game and are 11th in scoring defense at 37.2 per game.  In addition the ‘Cats are ninth in rushing offense, 11th in rushing defense, 11th in total offense and total defense. 
    Weber State remains the only team in the Big Sky still seeking its first win of the season.  Two conference teams are undefeated overall and four are undefeated in conference play.  The Big Sky has four schools that are ranked in the Top-25 in the latest Sports Network poll.  Montana State is 5-0 and ranked second in the nation.  Eastern Washington is seventh, Northern Arizona is 18th and this week’s opponent Cal Poly ranks 20th.  All four of those schools are 2-0 in league play.  
“I was surprised at how we started Saturday at UC Davis.  I was surprised at how we reacted and I felt like we got caught on our heels right in the beginning and we didn’t make enough players in the first half to put ourselves in position to give us a chance. 
“We have another terrific football team coming in this week in Cal Poly and we will have our hands full.  They are a very talented and well coached team.
“The only way we can get through this is to fight our way out of it.  It goes back to the fundamentals and we have to get back to doing those things.”
 The Mustangs of Cal Poly enter Friday’s game with a perfect 4-0 record and a 2-0 mark in Big Sky play.  They are ranked 20th in the nation in the latest Sports Network national poll and are 19th in the FCS Coaches poll.  The Mustangs are in their first season as football members of the Big Sky.   
 The Mustangs opened the season with a 41-14 win over San Diego then pulled off an FBS upset winning 24-22 at Wyoming on Sept. 15.  They started Big Sky play with a 28-20 home win over UC Davis and are coming off a 35-17 win at North Dakota last Saturday. 
 The Mustangs are one of the top rushing teams in the nation and ranked third in the country in rushing at 326 yards per game.  They also lead the Big Sky in scoring defense at 18.2 points per game and are third in the league in scoring offense at 32 points per game.  They are tops in the league and sixth in the country in pass efficiency defense at 99.6.  The Mustangs are also second in the Big Sky in turnover margin at +7.  They have allowed just three sacks this season, ninth best in the country.
 The Mustangs are last in the Big Sky and 118th in the country in passing offense at just 85.2 yards per game. 
 Individually, senior Deonte Williams leads the Big Sky and is fifth in the nation in rushing averaging 152.2 yards per game.  He has rushed for 609 yards and six touchdowns in the four games.  Williams also leads the conference in scoring at 10.5 points per game.  Defensively senior Nico Molino leads the country in interceptions at 1.0 per game, recording four in the four games this season.             
Head Coach TIM WALSH
    The Mustangs are coached by veteran coach Tim Walsh who is in his fourth season at Cal Poly.  He has posted a career record of 21-16 at Cal Poly and is 138-98 overall in 21 seasons as a head coach.  He spent 14 seasons as head coach at Portland State, beginning in 1993, and was with the Vikings when they joined the Big Sky in 1996. 
 Walsh has a career record of 6-6 against Weber State and is 0-1 against the Wildcats at Cal Poly.  
 Weber State holds a 5-3 all-time series advantage over Cal Poly and the ‘Cats have won the last two meetings between the two schools. 
 The team teams first met in 1995 and have played some memorable games over the years.  In November 2001 the Wildcats beat the Mustangs 43-40 in a four overtime thriller when Damon Greenberry found Johnnie Gray III for a 25-yard touchdown pass in the fourth overtime.  In 2008 the 12th ranked Wildcats went to San Luis Obispo and defeated the third ranked Mustangs 49-35 in the first round of the FCS Playoffs, in one of the greatest wins in WSU history.   
 In games played in Ogden Weber State holds a 3-1 all-time lead over the Mustangs.  The Wildcats won in 1995 and 2001, lost in 2006, and won in 2009. 
LAST MEETING - 11/21/09 - OGDEN - WSU 47-17
 In the last meeting the Wildcats defeated the Mustangs 47-14 on Nov. 21, 2009 in Ogden in the final game of the 2009 regular season.  The win gave Weber State seven wins and earned them a berth in the FCS Playoffs for the fourth time in school history.  In the game the Wildcats totaled 471 yards of total offense and had 364 passing yards.  Cameron Higgins finished the day 23-33 passing for 364 yards and two touchdowns.  Tim Toone had 11 catches for 176 yards and three touchdowns and Trevyn Smith rushed the ball 20 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns.  Taylor Sedillo led the team with 10 tackles.    
    WSU is under the direction of first-year head coach Jody Sears who brings nearly 20 years of coaching experience to Weber State.  He joined the WSU staff in January as the defensive coordinator and was named head coach in April.  He is the 10th head coach in Weber State history.  Sears will also be the defensive coordinator and coach the safeties for the Wildcats.
    Before coming to Weber State he spent the past three seasons at Washington State where he spent the last three seasons as the co-defensive coordinator with the Cougars under head coach Paul Wulff, a former college teammate at Washington State.
    He is no stranger to the Big Sky Conference as he spent five seasons (2003-07) as the defensive coordinator at Eastern Washington, also under Paul Wulff.  During his time with the Eagles he coached safeties, linebackers and defensive backs.  In his five seasons at Eastern Washington he coached seven players to Big Sky All-Conference honors.
    Prior to his time at Eastern Washington Sears spent three seasons (2000-02) as an assistant coach at Army where he coached cornerbacks and the defensive line.  He also spent time as an assistant coach at St. Ambrose University, an NAIA school in Davenport, Iowa and Iowa State.
    Sears played football at Washington State where he was a two-year letterwinner with the Cougars after walking on as a wide receiver.  He played under head coaches Jim Walden, Dennis Erickson, and former Weber State head coach Mike Price.  He graduated from Washington State in 1991 and received his master’s degree from Iowa State in 1996. 
    Sears, 44, is a native of Pullman, Washington.  He and his wife Molly are the parents of five children.
    Coach Sears has selected four team captains for the season.  Mike Hoke, Brian Jankowski, Anthony Morales, and Trevor Pletcher will serve as the Wildcat team captains for the year. 
    The 2012-13 Weber State Athletics season marks 50 years since Weber State became a four-year institution and began athletics competition at the Division I level.  Events and festivities are planned throughout the year to celebrate 50 years of Division I athletics at Weber State.
    After Friday’s game Weber State will hit the road for consecutive road games as they play at Sacramento State Oct. 13 and at Southern Utah on Oct. 20.  After Friday the Wildcats will not play again at home until Nov. 3 when they host Montana.  

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