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OGDEN -- Cameron Higgins threw for 290 yards and five touchdowns and wide receiver Tim Toone became the first Wildcat to have 3,000 receiving yards in a career as the Weber State Wildcats smashed the Sacramento State Hornets 49-10 on Saturday afternoon in Ogden.
Known as a slow starting team, the Wildcats got the scoring started early as Higgins connected with Toone on a 25-yard touchdown pass to put the ‘Cats up 7-0. Needing only two yards to become the first Wildcat ever with 3,000 career receiving yards, Toone caught his 24th career touchdown and was mobbed on the sidelines after the extra point.
"It's a great feeling to share this experience with my teammates," said Toone. "It's nice to see all of our hard work in practice is paying off for us out on the field. When I came here, I never thought any of this would happen, but with my desire to win and work things just happen that way I guess."
In the second quarter Higgins connected with Joe Collins on a 3-yard slant pass for Higgins' second touchdown toss of the day, putting the ‘Cats up 14-0. After Sacramento State's drive stalled, it was "Toone Time" once again. Toone returned the punt 95 yards for a touchdown that put the Wildcats up 21-0. Toone once again etched his name in the record books, this time for having the longest punt return in Big Sky Conference history.
The Hornets tried to make a game of it and scored with two minutes left before halftime to make the score 21-7, but Coach Mac's boys put up 14 points before the end of the half to take a commanding 35-7 lead into the locker room.
"That first half everything seemed to click," said head coach Ron McBride. "Our kicking game, our defense, our offense, everyone just made the plays that needed to be made. I told the boys at halftime that this game wasn't over. We still had a half of football to play so we couldn't let up."
Let up the Wildcats did not. Toone caught his third touchdown of the day from Higgins with a little over four minutes to play in the third quarter to put the ‘Cats up 42-7. As the game was well out of hand, Coach Mac started putting in reserves and they played well.
Running back Bo Bolen finished off the Wildcats scoring afternoon with an 11-yard run across the goal line to put the ‘Cats up 49-7. Sacramento State kicked a field goal with 21 seconds left and the victory bell rang as the Wildcats celebrated a 49-10 Homecoming game victory.
The Wildcats will soon be on the road to face the Northern Colorado Bears. Kickoff for that game is at 1:30 p.m. in Greeley, Colorado at Nottingham Field.