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TK'S BIG 5 PREVIEW, WEEK 5

TK'S BIG 5 PREVIEW, WEEK 5

By Tom Kirkland, KSL Sports Director | Posted - Sep. 30, 2010 at 11:17 p.m.



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BYU (1-3, 0-1)@Utah State (1-3, 0-1)

Eastern Washington (2-2, 1-1) @ Weber State (2-2, 1-1)

Coach Mac's Wildcats REALLY glad they have the Eagles at Stewart Stadium and not on Eastern Washington's new and hideous "Blazing Red Rug". Although being at home is hardly an advantage in this Big Sky rivalry, the road team's won 13 of the 28 games played including the last 2. Wildcats led by playmaking QB Cameron Higgins (just 5 TD passes shy of 2nd place on Big Sky career touchdown chart) but he's got to jump-start WSU's early offense. They haven't scored a 1st quarter TD this season, fortunately the Wildcats D has allowed just 17 first quarter points in 4 games this season. They will be tested by Eastern's Taiwan Jones. The Eagles running back is the Big Sky's leading rusher (129.50/game) and Jones leads all of Division I FCS players in all-purpose yards per game with a whopping 238.8 yards a game. Jones has won the Big Sky Player of the Week honor twice this season. "Taiwan Jones is the real deal" says Coach Mac, "watching him on film is scary." Jones was bottled up last week when Montana St. held him to just 62 yards and an abdominal injury has slowed him this week though he is expected to play.

Northern Arizona (2-1, 1-0)@Southern Utah (1-3, 0-0)

T-Birds will be hard-pressed to snap a 2 game losing streak when they host Big Sky Conference co-leader Northern Arizona., the Lumberjacks playing their 3rd straight road game. Former BYU Cougar Brad Sorenson was electric in SUU's 42-28 loss at Texas State last week. He threw for a career-high 352 yards and 3 tds including a 70 yard td pass to Jared Ursua . All that part of the T-Birds season high offensive output (507 total yards) but SUU's defense was shredded, allowing a season-high 445 yards. SUU's looking to snap a 10 game losing streak to teams from the Big Sky Conference but NAU brings a stingy defense, allowing just 16 points a game and only 255 total yards a game too.

Tom Kirkland Sports Director

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