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WEBER STATE VAULTS INTO I-AA TOP 20

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Weber State made a lot of gains by beating Idaho during the weekend, besides keeping its Big Sky Conference record perfect at 4-0.

The Wildcats also jumped into the top 20 in the Division I-AA rankings, something that's important when it comes time for invitations to the post-season tourney.Weber State ran up a 45-17 victory over sliding Idaho and jumped into a tie for 17th with Western Illinois. The Wildcats are 5-1 overall after an opening-season loss to Air force.

Nevada, the league's only undefeated team, won its sixth straight and remained No. 1 in the national ranking. Boise State, which lost its first road game after four straight home victories, fell all the way from fourth to 13th after a lackluster performance at Montana.

Wildcat quarterback Jamie Martin also moved into first place in passing efficiency, with a rating of 147.1, and leads the Big Sky in total offense with just under 370 yards per game. Weber State also leads the Big Sky in rushing, passing and total offense.

The Wildcats' average of 557 yards per game tops Division I-AA. But Weber State also is dead last on defense, giving up 499 yards and more than 33 points per game.

Eastern Washington's Tim Mitchell has the edge by one yard over Geoff Mitchell of Weber State, 662 yards to 661, for the rushing title.