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WILDCATS STILL HAVE (LONG) SHOT AT PLAYOFFS

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Any hopes that Weber State had for a postseason berth seemed to be shattered after suffering back-to-back losses to Montana and Boise State.

But, thanks to their surprising 14-7 victory over Montana State last Saturday, the Wildcats can't be counted out of the playoffs just yet. With the victory, Weber (4-4, 2-2) finds itself right back in the hunt for a possible playoff entry.However, every team in the Big Sky Conference but Eastern Washington is still in contention. Montana and Northern Arizona are knotted at 3-1 in league play, followed by five teams bunched in third place with a 2-2 record.

Traditionally, the Big Sky gets three invitations - one automatic, two at-large - to the 16-team NCAA Division I-AA playoffs because it is regarded as one of the stronger conferences.

If that holds true this year, and should Weber State win the remainder of its games, the Wildcats would stand a decent shot at getting one of the at-large invitations.

That's perhaps easier said than done though, considering the Wildcats still must face Idaho (3-3, 2-2), Northern Arizona (6-2, 3-1) and Idaho State (5-2, 2-2).

LET IT SNOW: Weather is predicted to be fair for Saturday's noon kickoff against Idaho, but WSU's defense might rather a storm found its way to Ogden.

The Wildcat defense, ranked last in all of the league's major defensive categories last week, dominated during Saturday's game that was played during a snowstorm in Bozeman, Mont.

The Wildcats held the Bobcats to a season-low seven points and just 90 yards of total offense, only 9of which came on the ground. Weber State's defense racked up eight quarterback sacks, intercepted four passes and recovered two fumbles.

Linebacker Jacob Belmont, named Big Sky defensive player of the week, and defensive end Brandon Smith came up biggest. Belmont made 16 tackles (nine unassisted), two sacks and an interception. Smith recovered two fumbles, including one in the end zone for WSU's final TD, and accounted for nine tackles.