With deadline approaching and the wildest game I have ever winessed under way — including a bizarre blackout in the middle of the third overtime — I stopped updating this blog. Please accept my apologies.
To see what you missed, follow this link: Wildcats survive overtime fireworks — literally
With all of that going on, it could be overlooked that Weber State quarterback Cameron Higgins passed Jamie Martin for the most career touchdown passes in school history. Higgins has 88 after his fourth TD went to Austin Raught to tie the game at 47. It was Fremont High product Raught”s first career touchdown catch.
What won’t be overlooked is that Weber State giftwrapped plenty of opportunities for Northern Colorado, though — miraculously, after Saturday — they remain undefeated against the Bears (5-0).The Wildcats fumbled the ball six times, and they were a perfect 6-for-6, losing every single one to Northern Colorado. That equals the total number of fumbles Weber State lost all last season. The Wildcats lost two fumbles at Boston College last week as well.
More notes on the game:
Josh Booker and Bo Bolen each rushed for 90 yards for WSU. Booker got 61 of thos on one run. Bolen might have taken over the starting tailback job in the second half, when he got the bulk of the carries.
Weber State converted 12 of 19 third downs, including several in overtime. Penalties on four consecutive plays interrupted Northern Colorado’s final drive in overtime and forced them to settle for a long field goal attempt, which Mason Puckett missed to give WSU the win.
Two WSU offensive linemen were credited with blocking kicks Saturday, J.C. Oram and Kevin Halfhill.
Northern Colorado dominated the time of possession clock, 47:27 to 27:33. Weber State throwing the ball 53 times had something to do with that.
Betweeen turnovers and touchdowns, Weber State only punted three times. Tony Epperson struggled with two punts totaling only 42 yards. Josh Kealamakia outdid that with a 44-yard punt, but even that didn’t go well as Dominic Gunn returned it 48 yards to set up Northern Colorado’s final score in regulation.
Defensively, Taylor Sedillo had 11 tackles for Weber State, Jordan Brown had 10 and Nick Webb and Blake Keller had nine each. Sedillo was credited with two tackles for loss and Gabe Bowers had 1.5, including a sack. Three Bears defenders had double-digit tackles, led by John Eddy with 14.