It seemed like old times in Wildcat Stadium Saturday night. Air Martin, after being grounded for the most part during the first three games of the season, returned in a big way, as the Wildcats downed Montana State 47-19.
During the early part of the 1992 campaign, with a new cast of supporting characters, Weber's All-American quarterback Jamie Martin didn't put up the kind of numbers he averaged last year. But Big Sky Conference opponents should beware, Martin is back.Martin completed 40 of 58 for 547 yards and five touchdowns - all against a defense that entered the game as the best in the Big Sky and had only allowed one TD all year. It was the second biggest passing day in Martin's storied career at Weber. Not bad, especially considering Martin didn't practice until Thursday because he was nursing a bruised back suffered in last week's game.
The win evens the Wildcats' record at 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big Sky. It also marked the eighth straight home victory, dating back to last season, for the Wildcats, a school record. Montana State is now 2-2 and 0-1 in the league.
"Jamie Martin was the difference in the game," Montana State coach Cliff Hysell said. "John Elway couldn't throw any better than that."
In addition to Martin and the fine performance of the offense, the Weber defense, after a shaky first half, held the Bobcats scoreless in the second.
Montana State actually led, 19-17, at halftime, as running back Clint Morton rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
"Everything just started to click in the second half - both offensively and defensively," Weber caoch Dave Aralanian said. "We didn't make any major adjustments (at halftime), we just did what we had been doing, but did it better."
Weber's first touchdown of the second half was set up by a blocked punt by Mark Hood. The Wildcats cashed the block in with a 39-yard drive, with the final 10 coming on a Martin to Nate Burchette pass. Martin's two-point conversion pass to Wade Lindley was complete, giving the Wildcats a 25-19 lead, and they never looked back.
Big Sky Standings
Team W L T W L T
Idaho 1 0 0 3 0 0
E. Wash. 1 0 0 2 1 0
N. Arizona 1 0 0 2 2 0
Weber St. 1 1 0 2 2 0
Idaho St. 1 1 0 2 2 0
Montana St. 0 1 0 2 2 0
Boise St. 0 1 0 2 2 0
Montana 0 1 0 1 3 0
Weber State 47, Montana State 19
Eastern Washington 27, Montana 21
Boise State 24, Stephen F. Austin 20
Northern Arizona 27, Idaho State 12