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Late touchdown helps Weber State hang on for 41-35 win over Idaho in Wildcats’ Big Sky opener

Weber State’s Kevin Smith looks for running room in the Wildcats’ 41-35 win over Idaho at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho, on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.
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MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Kris Jackson’s late touchdown gave Weber State the points it needed to hold off Idaho 41-35 on Saturday.

Idaho (2-4, 0-2 Big Sky) got within 34-28 on Mason Petrino’s 1-yard run with 3:19 to go before Jackson scored the necessary insurance touchdown on an 18-yard run. The Vandals followed Jackson’s score with a 97-yard kickoff return by Nick Romano but an ensuing onside bounded out of bounds.

Doug Lloyd, the holder on field goal attempts, took a snap and went 30 yards untouched on a fake for a 34-21 Wildcats lead late in the third quarter. Lloyd also ran for a first down on a fake punt to keep a drive alive that resulted in a score earlier in the quarter.

Jackson had 84 yards to lead a 225-yard rushing attack for the Wildcats (3-2, 1-0), ranked fifth in the FCS coaches poll. Four Weber State players scored a rushing touchdown, including Kevin Smith (64 rushing yards) and Josh Davis (63 yards). Davis left the game after going into concussion protocol, the school announced.

Jake Constantine returned to the field and completed 20 of 36 passing for 163 yards and one touchdown for the Wildcats.

Weber State’s Jake Constantine looks to pass in the Wildcats’ 41-35 win over Idaho at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho, on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.
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Petrino had 212 yards passing including a touchdown to go along with his short TD run for Idaho.

Up next for the Wildcats is back-to-back home games, beginning with Southern Utah next Saturday at 6 p.m. MDT followed by an afternoon kick against Northern Arizona on Oct. 19.