GameDay: Weber State at Sacramento State (pregame)

We’re coming up on game time at Hornet Stadium for tonight’s Big Sky tilt between Weber State and Sacramento State. In the stands behind the visitors sideline, Weber State offensive lineman Kevin Halfhill, a native of Citrus Heights, Calif., near Sacramento, has a large contingent of purple-clad fans.

Here are a couple of things to watch tonight (you can see the game at BigSkyTV.org or listen to Carl Arky and Ty Sparrow call the game at 1430 AM):

Weber State quarterback Cameron Higgins has owned Sacramento State. In three previous games against the Hornets, Higgins completed 57 of 83 passes for 915 yards and 13 touchdowns.

With no interceptions.

If Higgins has that kind of night, it’s going to be a good day for the Wildcats.

The other thing to watch is turnover margin. Weber State has struggled to hold on to the ball — while also struggling to cover its own fumbles. The Wildcats fumbled a school-record six times in last week’s four overtime win over Northern Colorado and lost every single one. In fact, Weber State has eight fumbles this year and has not recovered any of them.

Linebacker Nick Webb said the Wildcats are in a good position, but there are a lot of things the Wildcats need to work on, starting with overcoming the deficit in turnover margin so they can meet their season goal.

“The offense obviously needs to stop turning the ball over; that’s been one of the big problems the last couple of weeks. But as a defense, we need to get more turnovers. We’re trying to go plus-15 in the turnover margin (for the season); right now we’re at negative-6.”

Weber State won the coin toss and has decided to defer. Sacramento State will receive the opening kick.

Tailback Josh Booker will get his first start at tailback tonight.

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