FOOTBALL TOPPLED BY WEBER STATE, 26-7, IN BIG SKY PLAY
OGDEN, Utah — Sophomore Tim Toone caught four touchdown passes and Weber State racked up 433 yards of total offense en route to a 26-7 win over Sacramento State in a Big Sky Conference football game Saturday afternoon at a snowy Stewart Stadium.
The win improved the Wildcats to 1-4 overall and 1-2 in Big Sky Conference play. The Hornets dropped to 1-4 overall and 1-2 in league games.
Despite battling snow throughout the day, Weber State used a balanced offensive attack. Running backs Trevyn Smith (110 yards) and Adrian Conway (56 yards) did most of the damage in the middle of the field, but Toone was the go-to-guy inside the red zone. The sophomore put WSU on top with a 15-yard grab from Cameron Higgins with 2:02 left in the first quarter.
Sacramento State took the ensuing kickoff and moved the ball to the 50-yard line but quarterback Jason Smith mishandled the snap and the ball was recovered by the Wildcats. On the first play following the turnover, Higgins threw deep down the middle of the field where Toone tipped the ball twice before hauling it in and running the final 15 yards into the end zone with one second left in the opening quarter. A missed extra point made the score 13-0 and that mark held until halftime.
In the third quarter, Toone ended a 72-play drive that ate up 4:35 by catching an 18-yard pass. The Wildcats elected to go for two-points but Bryant Eteuati’s rush attempt failed to make the score, 19-0. Toone matched the school record with his fourth TD catch on a 22-yard pass with 4:38 left in the third quarter.
Sacramento State scored its first points of the game on a 3-yard pass from Tim Bessolo to Crosby Wehr. The touchdown marked the first career passing score for Bessolo and the first career receiving TD for Wehr. The big play on the drive was a 32-yard pass from Bessolo to running back Travon Jones down the left sideline.
As a team, the Hornets compiled 272 yards of offense. Bessolo finished the day 8-of-24 for 146 yards and freshman Bryan Hilliard added 76 rushing yards to lead the team. Freshman Dylan Lane led the receivers with five grabs for 43 yards.
Defensively, Mike Hickman (12), Mike Brannon (10) and Cyrus Mulitalo (10) each finished with double-digit tackles. Hickman tallied a career-high 12 stops, including one for loss.
Sacramento State will next play on Saturday, Oct. 13, at home against top-ranked Montana. The game against the Grizzlies will kick off at 2:05 p.m. and will serve as the University’s Homecoming.
GAME NOTES: Hilliard made his first start of the season at running back…Sacramento State played three quarterbacks for the second time this season (New Mexico)…Juan Gamboa served as the punter for the first time during his career…the Hornets are now 0-6 all-time in games played in Ogden…the defense did not record a sack for the first time this season…the offense allowed a sack for the first time since the second game of the year.