Weber State scored 50 points on Saturday, its highest point total since a quadruple overtime game in 2010 and most points in regulation since 2008.
WSU's offensive explosion was a significant departure from what Wildcats fans saw a year ago, when Weber State went 0-5 at Stewart Stadium in head coach Jody Sears' first season and ranked 12th out of 13 in the Big Sky Conference in scoring.
New WSU offensive coordinator Robin Pflugrad wasn't there to see it. He listened to the game on the radio in his car while serving an NCAA-mandated one-game suspension for violations as the head coach at Montana.
Associate head coach Steve Morton called the plays last Saturday as the Wildcats piled on the points against Stephen F. Austin, but now that the offensive coordinator's suspension is served, Pflugrad doesn't need to worry about his job, Sears says.
"Absolutely. That just goes to show you the trust the kids had in the coaches and the trust the coaches had in the players," Sears said. "One person doesn't make a team. This is a family ... (Pflugrad) set the game plan, he commissioned the orders and they were carried out. It was a thing of beauty."
WSU's high-tempo offense ran off 88 plays, though Stephen F. Austin matched them.
New starting quarterback Jordan Adamczyk said the Wildcats' 85-yard opening drive was scripted to perfection.
"That was unreal. We actually had a goal to score on the sixth play and we scored on the sixth play," he said. "That was the plan. They usually don't really end up like that but it happened and we were stoked. It definitely got things going for both the offense and the defense."
The first touchdown came on a reverse by senior receiver Erik Walker; the last came on a similar reverse by freshman running back Zach Smith to give Weber State a two-score lead with 10:25 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats went 2-9 last year, but with a win in their final game of 2012 at Idaho State, now they have their first winning streak under Sears.
Bolen 'em over
After working through the offseason to get back in playing shape after two years off for an LDS mission, Bo Bolen's re-acclimation to game speed seems complete after he returned a 100-yard kickoff for a score and rushed for 85 yards and two more touchdowns.
"I'll be honest. I'm not the physical specimen I was my freshman year," Bolen said. "I don't want to sound cocky but I was a freak my freshman year and I'm not there. I'm not going to lie. I'm not as strong, I'm not as fast, I'm not as explosive, but one thing I have gained is I understand the game a lot more."
Behind the 8-ball
Weber State played Saturday without eight players held out for academic reasons.
"Some people had to step up pretty quick," defensive back DJ Bush said. "I'm proud of everyone who did. The team responded really well."
Freshman center Dakota Jenkins-Baty stepped into a starting role and helped a WSU offensive line that led the push for 315 rushing yards and didn't allow a sack. Smith scored a critical long touchdown run late against SFA and led the team with 88 yards rushing.
"(Jenkins-Baty) did great, like he's played before," Adamczyk said. "It was unbelievable to watch the younger guys go in there and run the offense, run the defense. Zach Smith, you've got Dakota, freshman cornerback A.J. (Coney, who had an interception) on defense. That goes back to how they worked over the summer, how they worked their butt off and wanted to compete. I wasn't worried at all about the players not playing (Saturday) because I knew people were going to step up."
Roy Burton covers Weber State sports for the Standard-Examiner. Contact Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @royburton.