OGDEN — Win two games and watch the world you live in change.
That's the mood at Weber State these days after the Wildcats shut out Northern Colorado on Saturday to improve to 2-4. The 'Cats, once as down in the dumps as they could get after losing four straight to open the season, have now put back-to-back wins together and are suddenly looking like the team coach Ron McBride thought he was coaching back in August.
"I liked our overall effort last Saturday," McBride said. "We played aggressively on both sides of the ball and kept them at bay all afternoon."
The win, McBride's 100th as a head coach, was something Weber State has been chasing for a long time. Though beating Northern Colorado is not exactly a noteworthy accomplishment — the Bears have now lost 15 in a row — the way the win came is pretty rare indeed.
The 23-0 decision was the first shutout of a Big Sky opponent since WSU shut down Nevada-Reno in 1980. It was the first Big Sky shutout on the road since they beat Montana in 1966 and only the third shutout of a Big Sky foe in Weber State history.
The defensive goose egg also helped the Wildcats improve their per-game average to just 11.5 in conference games.
After giving up 103 points in the first two games, WSU has improved its average to 24.8 overall.
The Wildcats have also scored more points on offense in the last two weeks (49) than they did in the previous four games (41).
WASATCH FRONT: Weber State's offensive line has been dubbed by the WSU athletic department as the Wasatch Front — with good reason. The big men in the trenches have been virtually impenetrable this year, allowing only seven sacks for 57 yards. Through six games last year, the line had given up 25 sacks with 177 lost yards.
Wildcats on the air
No. Arizona (4-3, 3-1) at Weber State (2-4, 2-2)
Saturday, 1:05 p.m.