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SATURDAY'S VICTORY OVER WEBER GAVE AGGIE PROGRAM A BOOST

There was little reason for Weber State to be optimistic after losing 37-21 to New Mexico State. The Wildcats gave the Aggies their first season-opening victory since 1981, and last year's Division I-AA player of the year - Wildcat quarterback Jamie Martin - completed only five of his first 12 passes, including six straight incompletions.

Martin ended the night completing 17 of 34 passes for 245 yards, but last year's top Big Sky rushing team managed only 73 yards on the ground."I feel like we stopped ourselves all night long," Weber State coach Dave Arslanian said.

The game had the opposite effect on New Mexico State. "This is a big win, and it will help us psychologically," Aggies coach Jim Hess said Saturday.

He added: "The Lobo game will probably be a sellout" next week.

Hess said the key to the Aggies' victory Saturday was the special teams. He singled out former Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Rory Gerela, his kicking coach, for praise.

"Give him the game ball," Hess said.