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Weber State looks to build on positives from BC loss

Weber State looks to build on positives from BC loss

By Jordan Bailey, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Sep. 10, 2010 at 2:44 p.m.



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OGDEN -- The Weber State Wildcats open up their Big Sky conference season at home against the Bears of Northern Colorado Saturday.

The Wildcats lost their season opener on the road against Boston College 38-20. Despite the loss, Head Coach Ron McBride is happy with the way his team played.

"We had a lot of positives last week. We played forward. We didn't give up or quit. In fact, we did the opposite and won the second half with good ball control and forcing them out of their comfort zone on offense."

The Wildcats outscored Boston College in the second half 10-7 and possessed the ball longer, led in first downs, and in passing yards.

"We played a lot of new faces and generally they all played very well under hostile conditions," said McBride. "Physically we came out of the game in good shape and that is usually the case when you are the aggressor and taking the fight to the other guy."

This will be the fifth time that Weber State has faced Northern Colorado since the Bears joined the Big Sky in 2006. Weber State owns the matchup, winning all four previous games.

The Bears are coached by Head Coach Scott Downing, who has a 7-39 overall record into his fifth season at the helm. However, things may be looking up for Downing and the Bears after last week's thumping of Adams State 54-0.

The Bears racked up 452 total offensive yards and only allowed 104 on the defensive side.

Senior running back Andre Harris ran the ball 18 times for 154 yards. Sophomore wide out Jace Davis had 148 yards receiving on just three catches, two of which were for touchdowns.

The Bears' Korey Askew was named the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week after registering five tackles and two interceptions; one was returned for a touchdown.

"They are always well coached and they have really been hard for us to match up and play against the last couple of years," said McBride. "I like their running backs; they both have great speed and acceleration down field. Defensively, they don't do anything fancy; they just line up and come after you."

The Wildcats will look for leadership from Captain Cameron Higgins who needs just four more passing yards to reach the 10,000-yard mark. If and likely when he does that he will become the second Weber State player to do so. The other player is former NFL quarterback Jamie Martin.

"Cameron looked like his 2008 self on Saturday," said McBride. "He made some great decisions in throwing the ball and not throwing the ball. The interception was a good throw which got tipped and just fell in the wrong hands at the wrong time."

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

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