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Weber State faces quarterback issues

Junior Doyle will start after Higgins' brief suspension

With that goose egg finally gone from the win column, Weber State coach Ron McBride finally has a chance to earn career coaching victory No. 100.

Northern Colorado might be the perfect place to get it.

"I've been doing this for a while," McBride said as he prepared his 1-4 Wildcats to face the Bears today at noon. "I'd rather not think too much about that."

Career coaching marks have taken a backseat for McBride and the Wildcats as they've had to deal with a little drama at the quarterback position.

Junior quarterback Brendon Doyle will get the start this week after an alleged shoplifting incident resulted in the temporary suspension of Cameron Higgins. Ogden police chose not to pursue charges against Higgins, citing a lack of evidence in the case, and the redshirt freshman was reinstated to the team in time to catch the bus to Greeley, Colo.

Higgins is expected to see some playing time in the game, but how much is not known because he missed two days of practice while suspended.

Regardless of who the Wildcats have playing quarterback, Weber State is hoping to maintain the balanced attack it developed in last week's win.

Northern Colorado, predicted to finish last in the Big Sky and so far living up to those expectations with a 14-game losing streak, has yet to surrender fewer than 26 points in a game this year and is averaging more than 43 points scored against.

Those struggles, not surprisingly, haven't made much of an impression on McBride, who knows his own struggling team can't afford to take any opponent for granted.

"They're going to be hungry," McBride said. "They've gotten better each week, and they're going to be excited to play at home. They have some good talent, and I expect them to give us a real tough game."

The Bears, while still winless, have narrowed their margin of defeat from 60 points in the opener to just eight last week at Idaho State. They like to throw the ball around and use a two-quarterback system with Mike Vlahogeorge and Dominic Breazeale combining for nearly 1,000 yards and five touchdowns this year.

Defensively, though, the Bears have been a struggling team's dream. Giving up more than 530 yards per game, UNC has yet to stop anyone.

"We've got to take advantage of the opportunities we get," WSU running back Trevyn Smith said. "We know we have a chance to keep up the momentum we got after last week. So we have to take this game seriously and things will work out for us."

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Weber State (1-4, 1-2)

at N. Colorado (0-5, 0-2)

Today, 12:05 p.m.

Nottingham Field

TV: None

Radio: 1430AM