The result wasn't what he had pictured, but making his first college start was still a dream come true for Weber State quarterback Austin Chipoletti.
"This has always been a dream of mine, since I was a little kid," he said. "It was neat running out in front of (25,000) people, but you always picture a little different finish of it."
Weber State gave up 70 points to an in-state FBS foe for the second consecutive week, this time losing 70-6 loss to Utah State last Saturday.
Senior quarterback Jordan Adamczyk did not play after the team announced before the game he would be held out because of knee soreness. That led to Chipoletti's turn to try to get the WSU offense moving against a much stronger opponent.
Chipoletti said he learned early in the week he might get the start in Logan.
"I think Tuesday coach came and talked to me," he said. "It wasn't 100 percent (certain) but I took a lot of reps this week so I felt comfortable."
That didn't turn into results: Weber State managed just one first down in the first half and its only score of the game came on a defensive fumble recovery in the final minute. Chipoletti used mostly short throws, completing 12 of 20 passes for 34 yards.
WSU coach Jody Sears came into this season determined to develop experience at the quarterback position; Chipoletti got thrown into the fire right away.
The true freshman from Jacksonville, Fla., also saw playing time in the season opener and played most of the second quarter in last week's loss at Utah.
Chipoletti said he's learned a few lessons already.
"Football is much faster," he said. "You've got to come in and make the right reads, but the game's faster and you can't make little mistakes. You've got to finish."
Sears said Adamczyk was sore after the loss to Utah and would be evaluated again before Saturday's game at McNeese State in Lake Charles, La.
"He was pretty sore from last week," Sears said. "I don't know that there was a whole lot by playing him sore (against Utah State). I thought everything we had to gain was with the young quarterback and getting him seasoned."
Linebacker Anthony Morales had 13 tackles at USU, though his playing time was limited as the score spiralled out of hand.
"This is Utah State and Utah. It's not Alabama. It's not Oklahoma. I respect both these teams but there's no excuse to get beat 70-0 or whatever the score was by anybody," Morales said."I don't look at (playing FBS schools) as coming here to lose this game, but there's no excuse."
Morales couldn't single out just one area that needed improvement.
"Everything. We've got to learn how to finish, learn how to win again," Morales said. "Obviously defense has a lot of work to do. We need to learn how to stop drives. Offense needs to learn to start drives. 70-6 is a lot. Everything needs to be worked on."
The only positive he found was that the Wildcats won't have to face Utah and Utah State again this season.
"We're not going to face anyone as good as these last two teams," he said. "Take these past few beatings and maybe it will make us stronger for next week. But I know the team we're playing next week (McNeese State) beat South Florida two weeks ago, so it's not like FCS is going to be a cupcake. There's nothing really for anyone to get too excited right now. We've just got to get better."
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