Wildcats expect physical battle Saturday at Northern Colorado

Wildcats expect physical battle Saturday at Northern Colorado

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GREELEY, COLO. -- Coming off an impressive blow out victory against Sacramento State, the Weber State Wildcats (4-3, 4-1 big Sky) can't get ahead of themselves and look forward to next week's match up against Montana. Instead they must focus on this Saturday's opponent; the Northern Colorado Bears (2-5, 1-4).

"It is a must that we keep our focus this week," said Head Coach Ron McBride. "Yes I know, the team knows, the rest of the coaches know that we have Montana next Saturday, but our number one priority is Northern Colorado and nothing else this week."

Since joining the Big Sky Conference in 2006, the Northern Colorado Bears are 0-3 against the Wildcats. Even though every game has been relatively close, with the exception of the 2007 game; which the Wildcats won 23-0, Coach McBride sees a team that could give his Wildcats a knock down, drag out fight come Saturday.

"I am impressed with how physical Northern Colorado is, especially on defense," said Coach McBride. "We dominated the front of Sacramento State last weekend but these guys' front seven puts a lot of pressure on the quarterback in passing situations. All three times we have played these guys the games have been very physical and I told our team to expect that this coming Saturday."

One of the things to watch for on Saturday is Weber State's top ranked offense against Northern Colorado's top ranked defense. The ‘Cats are averaging right around 435 yard of total offense per game, while the Bears only give up just a little over 350 yards per game. Quarterback Cameron Higgins has the Wildcats in first place when it comes to pass offense averaging 309 yards a game. Meanwhile, Northern Colorado is the only team in the Big Sky Conference holding opponents less than 200 yards passing per game; allowing just over 197 yards a game.

Weber State enters Northern Colorado with a six game winning streak on the road in Big Sky Conference regular season games. Having won their first two road games in 2009, the Wildcats will look to keep their winning streak going as the game in Greeley, Colorado kicks off at 1:35 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

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