Weber State quarterback Bryan Martin left little mystery in Saturday night's game against Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo - the `X' clearly marked his spot.

Martin and senior Joel Pelagio-Williams, who plays the `X' wide receiver position in the Wildcats' offense, played the best games of their careers leading Weber State to a wild 53-43 shootout victory over the Mustangs at Wildcat Stadium.Only a 26-point outburst in the final 12 minutes, led by backup quarterback Brandon Stott's four touchdown passes, made the final score respectable for Cal Poly.

"It's kind of a strange feeling when you score 53 points and you feel like you've been through the ringers," said WSU coach Dave Arslanian, who was upset with his defensive performance in the second half. "Our defense has just got to show more heart than that."

The win evened Weber's record to 2-2 in nonconference play, while Cal Poly-SLO (1-3) dropped its third straight game against a Big Sky opponent.

Behind the dangerous duo of Martin and Pelagio-Williams, the Wildcats racked up a total of 361 yards in the opening 30 minutes alone. That amount equaled the highest yardage Cal Poly-SLO's defense had given up in an entire game so far this season.

It got much worse for the Mustang defense by the time the final gun was fired as Weber rolled to a season high 708 yards of total offense.

Pelagio-Williams ended up with a Weber State record 261 reception yards, including an 87-yard TD. Martin also connected with receiver Norvel Young seven times for 122 yards and three touchdowns. Pokey Eckford had 68 yards on four catches with one TD.

All that added up to an impressive total for Martin. For the game, he threw for 522 yards and five TDs on 29 of 46 passing. He also rushed for 92 yards and ran for one touchdown.

"Our offensive capability is starting to show itself," Arslanian said of his club that had averaged 33.7 points a game coming into this contest. "We're capable to score against anyone when we play like that."

Weber State didn't waste much time to see if the scoreboard worked or not. On the first two plays of the game, Martin connected with Pelagio-Williams on back-to-back passes of 33 and 39 yards as the Wildcats advanced to the eight-yard line with a first-and-goal situation. Martin then found Young, who didn't play last week because of an injury, for a three-yard TD toss.

The Wildcats then held the Mustangs on three plays and immediately threatened to score again after Eckford returned the punt to the 28-yard line. Pelagio-Williams made another big-yardage reception of 24 yards to get the Wildcats down to the four-yard line, but Weber was unable to get it into the end zone.

Then, for the first time this season, Scott Shields had a field-goal attempt blocked after going 8-for-8 in the first three games as Cal Poly's David Lombardi broke through the line and got a hand on the pigskin.

During the rest of the half, however, the Weber State offense worked to near-perfection.



Big Sky standings

Conf. Overall

Team W L T W L T

Montana 1 0 0 3 1 0

Idaho St. 0 0 0 3 0 0

Montana St. 0 0 0 3 1 0

N. Arizona 0 0 0 3 1 0

E. Wash 0 0 0 2 1 0

Idaho 0 0 0 1 1 0

Weber St. 0 0 0 2 2 0

Boise St. 0 1 0 2 1 0