The pigskin should be flying through the Big Sky air in Missoula, Mont., today when the top two passing teams in NCAA Div. I-AA meet. There's no doubt about that.
But Weber State football coach Dave Arslanian is hoping that his troops not only beat the fifth-ranked Montana Grizzlies in the aerial assault, but perhaps more importantly on the ground, too."An area we really want to work on is to run the ball. That makes things happen on your offense," said Arslanian. The Wildcats are averaging 136.4 yards rushing this season, while the Grizzlies are just gaining over 88 yards a contest.
But the most intriguing part of this matchup is definitely at the quarterback spot. Weber's Bryan Martin leads the nation in total offense and is second in passing yards, while Montana's QB Dave Dickenson is second in total offense and leads in passing yards.
Their stats are also nearly identical.
Martin has completed 121-of-192 passes for 1,883 yards with 14 touchdowns, six interceptions and a pass efficiency rating of 163.2.
Dickenson has thrown for 1,767 yards on 129 of 194 with 18 TDs and just four INTs. He's fifth in the nation in pass efficiency with a mark of 169.5. Dickenson's stats could be monstrous if it weren't for the fact that he's only played in the fourth quarter once (a 38-21 loss to Washinton State).
Defensively, it could get ugly as the Grizzlies are ranked 63rd in the nation and the Wildcats 106th in total defense. And neither defense has yet faced an powerful offense like they will in today's 12:07 p.m. kickoff.
The game will be televised live on Prime Sports.