The play was ruled a touchdown after review. He was also a highly touted recruiter. Recently, he has transformed Weber State into a Football Championship Subdivision national contender in his five seasons as the head coach. The Wildcats qualified for the FCS playoffs in for the first time since and reached the quarterfinals last fall.
Kickoff is set for p. Pregame show starts at p. Links for audio and video streams as well as live stats are available on the football schedule page at www. Cal Poly racked up yards of total offense in the win over San Diego, led by redshirt freshman Jalen Hamler and sophomore fullback Duy Tran-Sampson.
After the two teams traded a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter, Cal Poly scored 38 unanswered points to pull away.
The Toreros were thwarted by three interceptions and held to just yards on the ground as the Mustangs extended their series advantage over San Diego to six wins versus one loss.
Held to yards of total offense 35 yards on the ground and forced to punt 10 times, Weber State fell at San Diego State last week. The Wildcats converted just three of 15 third-down plays.
Davis was limited to seven net yards on eight carries and Constantine completed 21 of 31 passes for yards. Cal Poly and Weber State are meeting for the 15th time Saturday. The series dating back to was all knotted up at before the Wildcats earned a Big Sky victory over the Mustangs two years ago in San Luis Obispo and posted a triumph last year in a non-conference game, also inside Alex G.
Spanos Stadium. The Mustangs won three straight before the Wildcats snapped the string with three straight wins, including a triumph three years ago in Ogden. In last year's contest, Josh Davis ran for yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead No.
Jake Constantine replaced starter Kaden Jenks in the second quarter and completed nine of 15 passes for 84 yards and a score as the visiting Wildcats spoiled Cal Poly's home opener.
Trailing , Cal Poly drove 75 yards on 13 plays to pull within seven points with to play. Joe Protheroe ran one yard for the touchdown. The Mustangs forced a Weber State punt and had the ball at its own yard line with remaining, but on the third play quarterback Jake Jeffrey fumbled and Weber State's Adam Rodriguez recovered at the Wildcat yard line.
Weber State was able to run out the clock. Both Davis and Constantine are back this fall, leading a Wildcat team with 39 returning lettermen, including eight starters on offense and four on defense.
Davis earned third-team All-America honors and also was named National Freshman of the Year after rushing for 1, yards and nine touchdowns and catching 30 balls for additional yards.
Constantine completed of passes 61 percent for 2, yards and 18 scores. Other top returnees for Weber State are senior defensive end Adam Rodriguez 61 tackles, The Wildcats also return first-team All-Big Sky selections Ty Whitworth junior offensive lineman and Jonah Williams senior defensive end, 42 tackles, 7.
The Wildcats finished and ranked No. Co-champion of the Big Sky in both and , the Wildcats posted a combined record from , including a mark in and in both and , but were in , in , in and last fall, earning three straight FCS playoff berths.
Sixth-year head coach Jay Hill was a longtime assistant coach at Utah , the last nine as cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator, before he was hired as head coach at Weber State in December Weber State utilizes a 21 Personnel offense two running backs, one tight end and defense.
Cal Poly returns 10 starters on defense and six on offense. Biggest holes to fill are at outside linebacker three players with five or more starts are gone and right up the middle on offense — record-breaking fullback Joe Protheroe, quarterback Khaleel Jenkins and center Harry Whitson, one of four offensive linemen with five or more starts who are gone.
Protheroe amassed 1, yards on carries last season, raising his career totals to carries and 4, yards, all new school records. His 23 career yard games, including five over the yard mark, also are school records, and Protheroe earned seven All-America honors in after leading the Big Sky and FCS in rushing.
Jenkins rushed for yards and passed for more yards, accounting for nine touchdowns in each category. Top Mustang returnees are wide receiver J. Koski , offensive linemen Paul Trujillo-Langdon and Tyler Whisenhunt and the top four tacklers on defense in — inside linebackers Matt Shotwell 90 tackles and Nik Navarro 83 tackles , cornerback Kitu Humphrey 67 tackles and safety Carter Nichols 59 tackles.
Koski led the Mustangs in receiving for the second straight year with 33 catches for yards and four scores. Trujillo-Langdon moves from right guard to center to replace Whitson and Whisenhunt remains at left tackle after earning second-team All-Big Sky honors a year ago.
Drew Hernandez yards, 7. Redshirt freshman Jalen Hamler won a three-man battle with sophomore Kyle Reid and junior Jake Jeffrey for the vacant quarterback position. On defense, only two of the top 10 players at the three positions on the defensive front last year are gone.
Sophomore Jojo Falo made five starts at defensive tackle, sophomore Pono Faaagi started seven games at nose tackle and sophomore Myles Cecil played all 11 games with seven starts at the defensive end spot.
Cecil had 39 tackles, Falo 15 and Faaagi 11 a year ago. Dominic Frasch, the national leader in passes defended a year ago, has moved on, but the secondary has plenty of returning experience.
Junior field cornerback Kevin Howell played in nine games in while senior Sharky Reza 15 tackles, five pass breakups in tops the field at boundary corner. Senior Carter Nichols 59 tackles, five pass breakups in and junior Bradley Mickey 10 tackles are the top two candidates at field safety while senior Kitu Humphrey 67 tackles, nine pass breakups returns for his final season at boundary safety.
Coached by Tim Walsh 11th season at Cal Poly , 29th season overall , UC Riverside '77 , Cal Poly's football program celebrated a trio of milestones last fall. The Mustangs played their th season on the gridiron and 25th at the Football Championship Subdivision formerly Division I-AA level while Walsh completed his 10th season at the helm of the Cal Poly football program.
Cal Poly played eight games against teams that were ranked in the Top 25 at one time or another last season. Sacramento State earned votes in a preseason poll while Southern Utah earned a share of the Big Sky title in Despite the difficult schedule, the 14th-toughest in the nation according to Jeff Sagarin of USA Today, the Mustangs managed a four-win improvement over Cal Poly, which captured the Big Sky title in its first year in the conference, was picked to finish ninth by both the head coaches and the media in the team Big Sky this fall.
The Big Sky lost North Dakota in its lineup last fall, though the Fighting Hawks will continue to play a Big Sky schedule as an independent for one more season. The Mustangs have won 65 of their last 90 home contests 72 percent and, overall, Cal Poly has won of its last games 57 percent going back to the finale and has won 22 of its last 52 and 41 of 90 on the road while producing 12 winning seasons in the last 18 years.
Cal Poly, which does not have a home game in September, continues its three-game road trip at Oregon State on Sept.