Weber State football: Wildcats bash UC Davis with big plays for homecoming win

Saturday , September 23, 2017 - 9:14 PM3 comments

BRANDON GARSIDE, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Behind a bounty of big plays and a stout defense, the Weber State Wildcats blew by the UC Davis Aggies 41-3 on Saturday night in the annual homecoming game at Stewart Stadium.

“It was a good showing on offense, defense and special teams,” WSU head coach Jay Hill said. “I thought they fought, they clawed, they dug. It wasn’t always pretty. The defense bent at times but never broke.”

Among the big plays was Treshawn Garrett’s first-quarter dash of 98 yards, cutting back at the line of scrimmage and sprinting for the score. That broke a 46-year-old record for longest rushing play in school history and is the longest play of any kind at Weber State.

“Coach (Quinton Ganther), the whole entire week, was talking about 'If you cut it backside, it will be open, it will be a touchdown,'” Garrett said. “So in my head, I was just thinking about cutting it backside, I ended up doing it and it was there.”

Garrett finished with 122 yards on 10 carries.

Senior quarterback Stefan Cantwell threw 7 of 11 for 205 yards and three touchdowns. Tight end Andrew Vollert had three catches for 40 yards and two touchdowns.

UC Davis (2-2, 0-1 Big Sky) totaled 373 yards of offense, but the Wildcats (3-1, 1-0) held the Aggies to 13 rushing yards.

“We were not going to allow them to run the ball and be able to throw the ball,” Hill said. “We were going to load the box, stop the run, make the quarterback beat us with his arm, and we knew that there were going to be times where he was going to make some plays. He’s a good quarterback and he’s got good targets to throw to.”

Freshman safety Trey Hoskins and junior cornerback Keilan Benjamin each recorded an interception, and the defensive line picked up a season-high 5 sacks.

On the second offensive play for the Wildcats, Shaheed got behind his defender and Cantwell’s pass was on the money. Shaheed grabbed the pass and strolled in for a 67-yard touchdown.

Shaheed finished the game with three catches for 163 yards and the big touchdown play.

“It's exciting. Everybody can say it's exciting when you have a 99-yard run or a 70-yard pass or a punt return,” Cantwell said. “It just gives the game excitement and that's what we had today on the sideline, we just had a lot of excitement with the big plays happening on the field. We just kind of ran with that and it opened up for more big plays we executed on.”

Special teams got in on the action as Woods Cross product Xequille Harry returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, the fourth-longest punt return in school history.

Vollert hauled in a 17-yard score late in the half to put Weber State ahead 31-3.

Fremont High brothers Parker and Jordan Preator led WSU’s defensive effort. Parker Preator led the team in tackles with nine, six of them solo, and in pass break-ups with three. Jordan Preator added five solo tackles, two of them for loss. 

With the successful start to conference play, Hill hopes his team will keep their heads level.

“If you start patting yourself on the back, you’re going to fall fast, and we can’t do that,” Hill said. “We’ve got to stay humble. We’ve got to keep working hard. That’s why we’re playing the way we are.”

Weber State next hits the road for a matchup against Montana State at 1:30 p.m. MDT Saturday, Sept. 30.

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