OGDEN — New week, new opponent, same goal.
The Weber State Wildcats (0-5, 0-2) are more than ready to get their first win and will look to do so today in Bozeman, Mont., against Montana State. The game is set for 1:35 p.m. and can be heard on 1430 AM.
Despite the 0-5 record, the Wildcats aren't winless due to a lack of effort. Coach Jerry Graybeal said the 'Cats just need to do away with mistakes.
"We're not giving ourselves a chance to win," Graybeal said. "We need to eliminate turnovers and sacks."
The other top area of focus for Weber State is maintaining an "ultra-positive" attitude.
"I've had both 5-0 and 0-5 starts now. The main thing we can't do right now is panic and jump ship," Graybeal said. "We need to increase the accountability of the players, be positive and don't rock the boat."
To start the year 0-5 was rare enough, but if the Wildcats lose to Montana State, it will be the first 0-6 start since 1976.
While the Wildcats will do their all to prevent that from happening, the odds of winning are in the Bobcats' favor.
Montana State leads the series with Weber State 20-19-1 and has won six of the last seven meetings. The Wildcats haven't defeated the Bobcats since 2000. In last year's game at Stewart Stadium, quarterback Travis Lulay had big day with 324 yards passing and four touchdowns. Graybeal hopes history doesn't repeat itself.
"If Lulay played against us every week, he'd probably be a first-team All-American. He knows how to win and how to make his teammates win," Graybeal said. "MSU is always physical up front on both sides of the ball. The game will be won in the trenches."
Weber will look to establish a running game, with running back Nick Chournos needing just 24 yards to become WSU's career rushing leader. He is coming off two straight 100-yard games and has 14 games in which he has rushed for 100 yards or more.
With quarterback Jeff Fowler and backup Ian Pizarro suffering injuries last week against Montana, Graybeal said senior Kyle Bauer will start.
"He's the healthiest guy we have right now," Graybeal said.
The Wildcats also hope to avoid a slow start. WSU has been outscored 106-39 in the first half this season and has never led at halftime.