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WEBER STATE DEFENSE BURIES VISITING OREDIGGERS, 47-7

The Weber State Wildcats made it two in a row at home Saturday night with a convincing 47-7 rout of Montana Tech.

The Wildcat "D" was overwhelming, holding Montana Tech to just 82 yards total offense. The Orediggers managed just three yards on the ground and 79 through the air. On the other side of the line, the Weber State quarterbacks Bryan Martin and Rob Westervelt combined for 445 passing yards and five touchdowns while running back Larry Rogers ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns as the 'Cats totaled 674 yards in offense.While the win was awesome, Weber head coach Dave Arslanian was quick to point out that the Wildcat's first two wins were expected against two NAIA teams.

"I'm not sure you could call the last two weeks fair fights, but that's why you line up and play because the challenger has a chance to win," Arslanian said. "Next week (against Big Sky rival Montana State) will be a fair fight - we'll be lining up toe to toe."

Still, Arslanian said he was very pleased with the significant difference between last week's mediocre showing against Western Montana and Saturday's blow-out of Montana Tech.

"The big thing is we needed a significant improvement to be on track for next week," Arslanian said. "The players were focused and they were determined to make the improvements that we asked for."

Arslanian said he was very pleased with the balance between offense and defense. He said he hated to see the defense give up the Montana Tech touchdown but he was pleased at the way the defense responded on the next series.

While the Wildcat defense was giving up a paltry 1.4 yards per carry to the Orediggers, the 'Cat offense was averaging 7.75 yards per carry. Montana Tech actually gained more total yards on kickoff returns (111) than they did total in the rushing and passing categories.

Rogers, who said he expects to be the starting back next week, said his offensive showing was the result of good blocking up front. "I was getting good blocks and I was reading the blocks and holes just opened up everywhere."

Of his 41 yard touchdown scamper, Rogers said it was just a matter of getting to the corner. "I always think no one can catch me if I get to the corner."

After being forced to punt on their opening drive, the Wildcats came back to score on their next five possesions to go up 34-0 at the half. The drives were capped by Rogers 41-yard run, a six-yard toss from Martin to wideout Dell Stilson, an 18 yard toss from Martin to Stilson on the last play of the first quarter, a 17 yard run by Rogers and at 13 yard toss from Westervelt to wideout Lance imnaugh.

The other Weber scores came on seven-yard pass from Martin to Joel Pelagio-Williams and a 30 yard pass from Westervelt to Pokey Eckford, who had two touchdowns last week.

Montana Tech's lone score came on a one-yard run by running back Ty Starkel midway through the third quarter.

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Additional Information

Big Sky Standings

Conf. Overall

Team W L T W L T

Weber St. 0 0 0 2 0 0

Montana St. 0 0 0 2 0 0

Montana 0 0 0 2 0 0

Boise St. 0 0 0 2 0 0

Idaho 0 0 0 1 0 0

E. Wash. 0 0 0 1 0 0

Idaho St. 0 0 0 1 1 0

N. Arizona 0 0 0 1 1 0

Saturday's games

Weber St. 47, Montana Tech 7

Utah 66, Idaho State 0

N. Arizona 59, S. Utah 21

Montana 48, Carson-Newman 14

Montana St. 21, Stephen F. Austin 18

Boise St. 40, Northridge 19

E. Washington 61, Cal Poly-SLO 7