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Three games into the 1992 season the Weber State football team has yet to live up to preseason expectations, but the Wildcats are far from ready to throw in the towel.

"There is certainly no need to hit any kind of panic button," said coach Dave Arslanian. "We continue to show improvement in some areas. We just need to keep our heads up and get after it."The 1-2 Wildcats will get after it again tonight at home against Big Sky foe Montana State. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:05.

Weber is hoping to rebound from last week's 52-24 conference-opening loss at Idaho, while it's the first league game of the season for 2-1 Montana State.

The Bobcats, under first-year coach Cliff Hysell, have been especially tough on defense, having given up just one touchdown in three games, that coming in a 10-7 loss to Sacramento State. Montana State has given up just 192 yards per game, which is the best in the Big Sky in total defense and second in the nation.

Meanwhile, the Weber offense struggled and failed to score in the first half against Idaho, but played well in the second half to finish with 451 yards of total offense for the game. Weber's All-American quarterback Jamie Martin finished with 320 yards passing.

"(Weber State) will be a challenge for our defense," Hysell said. "They have an excellent quarterback, obviously, and they really throw the ball well. It's going to be very important for us to get a good pass rush and for our offense to control the football."

The Weber defense will be without its captain, linebacker Jance Afuvai, who has a hamstring pull.