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DEFENSE IS THE DIFFERENCE FOR WILDCATS

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Weber State running back Geoff Mitchell rushed for five touchdowns against Montana State. But the high-scoring Wildcats (4-1, 3-0) relied on its defense, preventing the Bobcats (1-5, 0-3) from scoring on six possessions within in the 30-yard line.

"The defense came through for us," Weber State coach Dave Arslanian said. "It wasn't pretty, but the kids showed some character."Mitchell gained 138 yards on 28 carries and scored on four short runs and a 57-yard jaunt.

Jamie Martin, the nation's top quarterback, had a so-so game for him. He completed 22 of 42 passes for 313 yards and had an interception and no touchdowns after tossing seven scoring passes last week against Eastern Washington.

The Wildcats halted four Montana State scoring drives by intercepting four passes. Fredrick X, WSU's leading intercepter a year ago with four, picked off three passes.

The Wildcats now return home for an expected aerial showdown with the University of Idaho next Saturday at 6:05 in Wildcat Stadium in Weber's 1991 Homecoming game.

Four players shared this week's Big Sky Conference honors for player of the week.

Eastern Washington running back Tim Mitchell and Idaho State running back John Peoples were recognized on offense, and Nevada cornerback Brock Marion and Weber State cornerback Fredrick X received the award for defense.

Mitchell, a 5-10, 184-pound senior from Portland, Ore., rushed for 217 yards on 37 attempts and one touchdown in the Eagles 20-17 win over Montana. Mitchell's total was the top rushing mark this season in the Big Sky.

Peoples, a 5-10, 190-pound junior, gained 210 yards on 16 carries in the Bengals 45-14 victory over Northern Arizona.

The Palm Desert, Calif., native ran for a 63-yard touchdown and had two other gains of 54 and 46 yards in the game, and he broke by one yard the Bengals' single-game rushing record set in 1979.

Marion, of Bakersfield, Calif., lead Nevada in its 31-23 come-from-behind victory over Idaho.

The 6-1, 180-pound junior was credited with 12 tackles, including one for a loss of 10 yards.

X, a 5-11, 185-pound sophomore from Las Vegas, intercepted three passes, including one in the end zone and another at the three-yard line in Weber State's 36-25 win at Montana State. He also was credited with five tackles.