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WEBER: ‘CATS HOPE TO STOP MONTANA ST. GROUND ATTACK.

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The Montana State sports information department says running back Matt Engelking "has had a marvelous senior season" - and its press release has the statistics to back it up.

Going along with the theme, Weber State coach Dave Arslanian says the senior, who's second in the Big Sky in rushing, "is a very good football player."And Wildcat defensive lineman Alfred Tukuafu? Talk about a tough critic.

"He's just an average back," claimed Tukuafu, a Granite High alum. "He's not anything like the other two (NAU's Archie Amerson and EWU's Joe Sewell) we faced. We'll bring him down."

Regardless of the varying opinions on Engelking, one thing's for sure - he'll be the main focus of the Weber State defense when the Bobcats (4-3, 2-2 in Big Sky) take on WSU (4-3, 1-2) at Wildcat Stadium today at noon.

With Engelking's 101.4 yards per game average in mind, Arslanian was quick to discount Tukuafu's statement.

"He's a tough ballplayer," said Arslanian, adding however that he's not quite as flashy as other backs. "We need to wrap him up, tackle him and bring him down."

Stopping Engelking will be key for the Wildcats, who are fourth in the Big Sky in rushing defense. That's because MSU has very little offense outside of him. The defensive-minded Bobcats are dead last in the league in passing and in total offense. They do, however, bring a very stingy defense to Ogden - MSU's third against the rush, second versus the pass and second in total defense.

Quarterback Roger Cook leads a very solid Weber offense, which is third in the conference and in the nation in passing. The Wildcats are also ranked fourth nationally in total offense.

Coming off a bye and with an outside shot of attaining a playoff berth, Arslanian is predicting that it's going to be a "good, wild, physical football game."

"It's a game that both teams need to win," he said. "We know the importance of it and our guys will be ready to play."