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FORCED TO PASS, 'CATS FIND WAY TO SMILE AGAIN

It didn't take a physics major to figure out why the Weber State's football team had a much more enjoyable time Saturday night than it had a week earlier.

"It's a lot more fun when you win," said obviously relieved Weber coach Dave Arslanian after his team's 47-19 victory over Montana State.He should know. Just one week earlier, the Wildcats were trounced 52-24 at Idaho. The Wildcats are now 1-1 in the Big Sky and 2-2 overall.

Weber State had hoped to establish a running game early against Montana State, but when that didn't materialize, the Wildcats took to the air.

"I give credit to Montana State for taking us out of our running game," Arslanian said. "But then again, that forced us into doing what we do best, what with Jamie (Martin) pulling the trigger."

Martin, the defending Walter Payton Award winner as the best player in NCAA Division 1-AA, had his second-best passing game ever yardage-wise, throwing for 547 yards and five touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Weber's defensiveand special-teams play were also solid. The Wildcats gave up all 19 points and 171 yards in the first half but held the Bobcats scoreless after intermission and to just 234 yards for the game. Weber also blocked four kicks - two extra-point attempts, one field goal attempt and a punt.

The Wildcats will now hope to continue their momentum on the road against Big Sky foe Eastern Washington. "It's a series of one game seasons for us now, with our first chance against a strong Eastern Washington team," Arslanian said.