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OGDEN -- With only two games left in the regular season for the Weber State Football team its do or die time. With games against Northern Arizona and Cal Poly left, the Wildcats (5-4, 5-2 Big Sky) know that if they don't win both games, they can kiss their chance at a second straight playoff birth goodbye.
"We are still in the hunt for a playoff berth," said Head Coach Ron McBride. "There is plenty of incentive to practice well and play well. Northern Arizona has a lot of the same reasons to win as we do, so I expect their best game and I expect us to match it."
Northern Arizona comes into Ogden looking for a playoff birth as well. The Lumberjacks are 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the Big Sky Conference. NAU is the Big Sky Conference leader in passing offense, averaging 306 yards per game, led by quarterback Michael Herrick, a transfer from Ole Miss.
Herrick is the Big Sky passing leader averaging just over 301 yards a game and also the total offense leader at 294 yards per game. When asked about NAU's quarterback, Coach McBride showed his praise.
"I like their quarterback. He's a really smart player. He makes great reads and he has a very smooth delivery. He's what every coach wants, a quarterback that doesn't make mistakes."
The Wildcats enter the game against the Lumberjacks rested after their bye week. This will be the final Big Sky Conference regular season game for the ‘Cats, who still have a chance to wrap up second place in the conference.
Quarterback Cameron Higgins will look to bounce back from his five-turnover game against Montana and running back Trevyn Smith will be looking to make people forget about his off the field distractions and start talking about his on the field production.
Smith was suspended for the first half of the Northern Colorado contest for missing a team meeting in Greeley, Colo. the night before the game.
"The bye week gave us a better idea of what we are trying to accomplish," said McBride. "We healed us some nicks, bumps, and bruises and watched the Montana game film as a team, so the rest was good. We just need to put forth a good effort come Saturday."
The Wildcats and Lumberjacks kick off Saturday at 12:05 p.m. inside Stewart Stadium.