Game #6 Weber State (1-4, 0-1) at #6 Eastern Washington (2-2, 0-0)
Saturday, Oct. 5 • 4:05 p.m. (PDT)
Cheney, WA • Roos Field (8,600)
Radio: KLO 1430 AM/103.1 FM
Online video: WatchBigSky.com
Live audio: WeberStateSports.com
Live stats: goeags.com
Twitter: @weberstate, @weberstatefb
Series: Eastern Washington leads 14-17
Streak: Eastern Washington 3 wins
In Cheney: Eastern Washington leads 8-5
Last Meeting: 09/22/12 - Ogden - EWU 32, WSU 26
• Weber State returns to the road and heads to the red turf of Roos Field as the ‘Cats take on the sixth ranked Eastern Washington Eagles Saturday in Cheney, Wash.
• Weber State is 1-4 on the season and 0-1 in Big Sky play. The ‘Cats are coming off a 31-3 home loss to Sacramento State Saturday.
• Eastern Washington is 2-2 on the season, following a loss at Sam Houston State last week. Saturday’s game will be the Big Sky opener for the Eagles.
• WSU has not scored more than seven points in each of the last four games.
• Weber State’s next three opponents are all nationally ranked.
• Eastern Washington holds a 17-14 all-time series lead over Weber State and the Eagles have won three-straight in the series.
MEDIA FOR SATURDAY’S GAME
Saturday’s game with the Eagles will kickoff at 405 p.m. Pacific time (5:05 p.m. Mountain time) from Roos Field in Cheney, Wash. This is the fourth season with the new red turf at Roos Field, which is nicknamed the Inferno. Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on KLO 1430 AM and 103.1 FM with Steve Klauke calling all the action, filling in for Carl Arky. Former Wildcat Ty Sparrow will provide commentary. It can also be heard online at kloradio.com and WeberStateSports.com.
The game will be televised regionally in Washington on SWX, available over the air and on cable outlets in the Spokane area. It can also be seen online for free at WatchBigSky.com. Live stats are available at goeags.com.
WILDCATS FALL 31-3 TO SACRAMENTO STATE
Weber State dropped its Homecoming game and Big Sky opener Saturday night, falling 31-3 to Sacramento State. It was the first win ever in Ogden by the Hornets. The Hornets had totaled 382 yards of total offense, compared to 234 for Weber State and the ‘Cats had four fumbles in the game and were sacked three times. It marked Weber State’s worst home loss since 2004 and the three points scored were also the fewest points in a Big Sky game since scoring three against Montana State in 2003.
Weber State ranks last in the Big Sky in total offense, averaging 273.8 yards per game and the ‘Cats are 12th in the conference in scoring average at 14.4 points per game. Weber State has failed to score 10 points in four straight games for the first time in school history.
SCORELESS IN SECOND QUARTER
Once again the Wildcats failed to score a point in the second quarter Saturday. In five games this season the ‘Cats have not scored a point in the second quarter and have been outscored 90-0 in that period.
The Wildcats have scored 29 points in the first quarter in five games this season, the same total they scored in the first quarter in all 11 games last year.
TURNOVERS DOOM WILDCATS
Weber State committed four turnovers in the loss to the Hornets. After five games the ‘Cats have 13 turnovers on the season with nine fumbles and four interceptions. The 13 turnovers is the second most in the Big Sky and the ‘Cats are tied for 10th in the league in turnover margin at -5.
DEON’TAE FLORENCE RECORDS TWO INTERCEPTIONS
WSU junior Deon’tae Florence, playing in just his third game with Weber State, was the star of the Wildcat defensive effort Saturday, recording two interceptions. The Largo, Fla., native picked off one pass in the second quarter and had another interception at the start of the fourth quarter, which was returned 16 yards. Florence also recorded three tackles.
Florence transfered to Weber State from Boise State where he played in seven games last season. He joined the Wildcats prior to the Utah State game on Sept. 14. In three games he has recorded eight tackles, two interceptions and one pass breakup.
DUSTIN MARTIN RECORDS CAREER NIGHT
WSU sophomore Dustin Martin had a career night in Saturday’s game with the Hornets, The Liberty, Utah native finished with a career-high seven tackles, and tied his career-high with three tackles for loss. Martin is averaging 3.4 tackles per game this season for the Wildcats and is leading the team in tackles for loss with seven. He is currently tied for 10th in the league in tackles for loss.
CARSON FACKRELL KICKS WSU’S FIRST FIELD GOAL
Weber State’s only points in Saturday’s game came on a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter by freshman Carson Fackrell. It was WSU’s first field goal attempt of the season. The Wildcats entered the game as one of just two teams in the nation that had played four games and not attempted a field goal.
Fackrell, a native of South Ogden and graduate of Bonneville High School, is 5-6 on extra point attempts this season and has recorded 15 kickoffs on the season for an average of 61.5 yards per kickoff.
AUSTIN CHIPOLETTI STARTS THIRD STRAIGHT GAME
WSU freshman Austin Chipoletti started for the third-straight game Saturday against the Hornets. The Jacksonville, Fla., native finished the night 10-18 passing for season-high 87 yards. It was his second-straight game passing for at leads 85 yards. Chipoletti also rushed for a season-high 33 yards on 12 carries in Saturday’s game. On the year he has thrown for 273 yards and one touchdown and is completing 48 percent of his passes. He is averaging 54.6 passing yards per game.
JORDAN ADAMCZYK LEAVES WILDCAT PROGRAM
Weber State head coach Jody Sears announced Tuesday that senior quarterback Jordan Adamczyk has left the team.
“Jordan has battled a series of knee injuries and he decided it was best for him to have surgery and finish his degree,” Sears said. “We thank Jordan for his contributions to Weber State and wish him the best in his future.”
Adamczyk, a native of Canyon Country, Calif., played in four of five games for the Wildcats this season, and started in two games. This season he was 25-54 passing for 209 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He played in 13 games in his four-year career at Weber State, passing for 533 career yards and one touchdown.
EVEN ON TIME OF POSSESSION
After five games this season Weber State is even on the time of possession. The ‘Cats are averaging 30:01 for the time of possession this season, currently seventh best in the Big Sky.
JODY SEARS RETURNS TO EASTERN WASHINGTON
Saturday’s game will be a bit of a homecoming for WSU head coach Jody Sears, who spent five seasons as the defensive coordinator at Eastern Washington. Sears was with the Eagles from 2003-07 before taking the same position at Washington State. In his five seasons at Eastern Washington the Eagles captured two Big Sky titles and advanced to the FCS Playoffs three times.
AROUND THE BIG SKY
The Big Sky opened up conference play with six games last week and the conference now has five teams ranked in the top 18 in the nation in this week’s Sports Network poll. WSU’s opponent this week, Eastern Washington, is ranked sixth in the nation, Montana State is eighth, Montana is 10th, Northern Arizona is 15th and next week’s opponent, Cal Poly, is 18th.
ANTHONY MORALES QUESTIONABLE FOR SATURDAY’S GAME
Weber State senior linebacker and captain Anthony Morales is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game with a hamstring injury. Morales, injured his left hamstring after a tackle in the second quarter in Saturday’s loss to Sacramento State. He recorded five tackles in the game. He will be a game time decision for Saturday’s game.
Morales leads the Wildcats and is 10th in the Big Sky in tackles this season at 8.4 tackles per game. He is currently 10th in WSU history in career tackles with 284 and needs just four more tackles to pass former Wildcat teammate Nick Webb for ninth on the career list.
WSU INJURY REPORT
WSU junior wide receiver Shaydon Kehano suffered a leg injury during fall camp and is expected to miss another one to two weeks of action. Kehano suffered a similar injury to the same leg last season in the third game of the year and missed the rest of the season. He earned Big Sky All-Conference honors as a sophomore in 2011 and has appeared in 20 career games at WSU.
WSU senior wide receiver Kela Marciel (patella tendon) and freshman Ryan Tuiasoa (ankle) will both miss the rest of the season with injuries.
ABOUT EASTERN WASHINGTON
Eastern Washington enters Saturday’s game ranked sixth in the nation in the latest poll and will be opening Big Sky play. The Eagles are 2-2 on the season and are coming off a 49-35 loss at fourth-ranked Sam Houston State last Saturday.
EWU opened the season with a thrilling 49-46 win at #25 Oregon State on Aug. 31, becoming the first Big Sky team to ever defeat a nationally ranked FBS team. The Eagles then defeated Western Oregon before losses at Toledo and Sam Houston State the last two games.
This season the Eagles have been led by sophomore quarterback Vernon Adams, who is averaging a league-best 347.5 passing yards per game with 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. This week Adams was added to the Walter Payton Award watch list. In the season-opening win at Oregon State, Adams had a school-record 518 yards of total offense with six total touchdowns. He is currently second in the nation in total offense at 394.8 yards per game and is third in pass efficiency.
Eastern Washington is second in the league in total offense at 523.8 yards per game, but ranks 12th in the conference in total defense at 457.5 per game. EWU is first in the league in passing offense at 362.2 per game and is a perfect 3-3 on field goal attempts this season.
The Eagles have gotten off to fast starts this season, outscoring their opponents 62-27 in the first quarter in the four games this year.
HEAD COACH BEAU BALDWIN
The Eagles are coached by Beau Baldwin who is in his sixth season at Eastern Washington. Prior to that he spent four seasons as the offensive coordinator with the Eagles, the same time Jody Sears was the defensive coordinator.
Baldwin has a career record of 56-24 at Eastern Washington and is 36-12 in Big Sky games. He has twice been named the Big Sky Coach of the Year and led the Eagles to the 2010 Division I National Championship. Baldwin is 4-1 in his career against Weber State.
Eastern Washington holds a 17-14 all-time series lead over Weber State. The Eagles have won three straight and five of the last six games against the Wildcats. WSU’s only win in the series in the last seven years came in 2006.
In games played in Cheney the Eagles lead the series 8-5 all-time but the Wildcats have won three of the last five games played at Roos Field.
LAST MEETING - 09/22/12 - OGDEN - EWU 32, WSU 26
The Wildcats fell 32-26 to ninth-ranked Eastern Washington last September in Ogden, spoiling WSU’s Homecoming. A late turnover ended a Wildcat rally and sealed the victory for the Eagles in the Big Sky opener for both teams.
Eastern Washington jumped out to an early 20-3 lead at halftime but the Wildcats started the second half with a touchdown to cut the lead to 20-11. Eastern Washington went ahead 29-11 but the ‘Cats came back with a C. J. Tuckett touchdown to close the third quarter, trailing 29-19. After an EWU field goal the ‘Cats cut the lead to six points on an Erik Walker touchdown from Mike Hoke.
After stopping the Eagles and getting the ball back, senior quarterback Mike Hoke was sacked at the 50 yardline and fumbled the ball with 34 seconds to play and the Eagles held on for the victory.
Both teams totaled more than 400 yards of total offense. The Wildcats were led by Mike Hoke who threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 50 yards.
EWU freshman quarterback Vernon Adams got his first career start in the game and threw for 75 yards and rushed for 62 yards. Brandon Kaufman had six catches for 126 yards and one touchdown.
Coach Sears has selected four team captains for the season. Bo Bolen, Anthony Morales, Connor Myers and Shelton Robinson will serve as the Wildcat team captains for the year. Morales is serving as captain for the third straight season. Combined the four players have appeared in 116 games for Weber State.
WILDCATS COME FROM ALL OVER
Weber State’s roster this season includes players from 13 states and Canada. A total of 25 of WSU’s roster come from the state of Utah. The ‘Cats have 14 players coming from the state of Florida and 12 from California. Eight players come from Idaho, six from Hawaii, five from Oklahoma and four from Texas. The ‘Cats also have players from Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Nevada, and Washington, as well as one from Alberta, Canada.
COACHING STAFF CHANGES
The Wildcats made several key changes to the coaching staff in the offseason. Steve Morton returns for his second season with the Wildcats and was elevated to the position of Associate Head Coach. He also continues to coach the offensive line.
Robin Pflugrad, a former head coach at Montana, joined the program in February as the new offensive coordinator. Pflugrad brings nearly 30 years of coaching experience to Weber State, including several years coaching in the Big Sky. Pflugrad has brought a new up-tempo offense to the Wildcats this season.
Eric Lewis is the new defensive coordinator for the Wildcats. Lewis is in his second season as an assistant at Weber State and also coaches the secondary.
After Saturday’s game the Wildcats will remain on the road and head to Cal Poly next Saturday night. The Mustangs are currently ranked 18th in the nation.
Following that game the ‘Cats will return home to take on Montana State on Oct. 19. The Bobcats are ranked eighth in the nation this week.