Weber’s State Notebook: Football is in 12th place; Volleyball, Football Start Conference Game | News, sports, jobs

ISAAC FISHER, Special for the Standard Examiner

Weber State quarterback Bronson Barron (10) pretended to be for Josh Davis (20) during a game against Utah Tech on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Stewart Stadium in Ogden. (ISAAC FISHER, Standard Examiner Special)

Weber State football remained 12th in this week’s STATS FCS Top 25 after a 44-14 win over Utah Tech.

The Wildcats are one of five Big Sky schools in the top 15 at the start of conference play.

Montana is tied for second, receiving six first-place votes, after a 49-14 away win in the state of Indiana. Montana State is tied for 4th place after losing 68-28 to Oregon State. Sacramento State moves up one spot to 7th after winning Northern Iowa 37-21. And eastern Washington dropped one spot to 15th after a week off.

Montana State plays Eastern Washington this week. Montana hosts Portland State, and Sacramento State travels to Colorado State for its final non-conference game. Weber State travels to UC Davis, which is receiving 82 points in the Top 25 poll.

BARRON BIG SKY NOD

Sophomore quarterback Bronson Barron was named Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his career night in defeating Utah Tech. He threw 25 of 33 for 368 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions in the win.

DEFENSIVE ELITE BRANDS

The Weber State defense added to their nation’s leading interceptions total, hitting three passes against Utah Tech. That gives the Wildcats 10 interceptions in three games this season, which leads all four divisions/subdivisions in NCAA football. Youngstown State is second in FCS with seven.

Junior defensive back Maxwell Anderson has four of those interceptions, tied for first in both Division One subdivisions.

The Weber State defense remains number one in the FCS in preventing third-down conversions. Opponents convert 16.3% of third kills against Wildcats. Allowing 8.67 points per game, Weber State has the second-best scoring defense in the FCS among teams that have played more than one game; Montana is first with seven points per game.

VOLLEYBALL DIVISION IN THE STATE

Weber State volleyball ended the game out of the conference with a 6-5 record after an in-state split last week, winning in the Utah Valley before losing at home to Utah State.

In front of 1,676 fans Thursday at UVU, the WSU lost two sets to zero before coming back for a 26-28, 19-25, 25-10, 25-15, 16-14 win over the Wolverines. Rookie Ashley Gneiting led with 16 kills, Makayla Sorensen had 14 and Saane Katoa 10. Katoa added four blocks. Dani Richins had 14 hits and Kate Standifird had 47 assists.

The Wildcats nearly did it again on Saturday against Utah State, losing two sets before forcing a fifth set. But the Aggies won 30-28, 25-20, 19-25, 19-25, 15-13. Baylee Bodily led with 18 kills and Standifird added 49 assists and 19 hits.

Weber State begins the defense of its two-time Big Sky Conference champion status by traveling to Portland State on Thursday before hosting Northern Arizona on Saturday. Weber State is 53-14 in Big Sky’s last four campaigns.

FOOTBALL AT HOME

Weber State football ended its non-conference schedule with a 3-0 home defeat on Thursday to Gonzaga, giving the Wildcats a 1-7 mark during a difficult period.

The Wildcats host Idaho at 7pm Thursday to open the Big Sky game before traveling to face eastern Washington on Sunday.

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