Weber State lost its previous two games, to in-state FBS foes, by a combined score of 140-13.
Saturday's 43-6 loss to McNeese State, ranked No. 12 in the FCS, was harder to take.
"We weren't really expected to win the Utah, Utah State games. We still went out there with the mindset we were going to come out (and compete); both of them put 70 on us," junior running back Bo Bolen said. "It's tough. With those games you can at least brush it off, like, well, they're FBS, they're expected to win those kind of games.
"It still (ticks) us off because we don't want to lose like that. We've just got to stick together. Coach Sears has a great game plan, we're still all bought in. I'm still bought in, everybody still has fire in their eyes, but it's really tough. Especially because I feel like they were good, they were really athletic. We played with them, we just didn't finish."
Weber State scored a quick touchdown on its first possession and didn't get close to the end zone until freshman quarterback Austin Chipoletti, making his second start, was sacked on fourth and goal at the McNeese 2-yard line in the final seconds of the game.
The Cowboys' last minute defensive stop, though irrelevant to the final outcome, was symbolic of what Bolen saw as the Wildcats' problem the rest of the game after the early touchdown.
"We weren't really expecting to score on the third play but we did. It was awesome, just after that, everybody made mistakes. Every position group, myself included. We just didn't execute fully," Bolen said. "We just didn't finish anything, myself included."
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Senior Jordan Adamczyk started the first two games of the year, with Chipoletti seeing limited time. Now Chipoletti has started two in a row, a coaching decision influenced by soreness in Adamczyk's knees.
Chipoletti completed 8 of 27 passes for 85 yards; his primary threat after the big pass to Livingston came from escaping the rush at times and running for 47 yards.
"I feel good," Sears said of having Chipoletti at quarterback. "He's a freshman and (McNeese State) made some plays on him, but he's a competitor. He's a good player and it goes back to that consistency word. We've got to do a good job as coaches to keep coaching him and bringing him along. He's going to be a real fine player going forward."
Is Chipoletti the starter going forward?
"We'll look at that this week," Sears said.
Adamczyk was 0 for 4 passing in a brief appearance.
"We wanted to try to get back into some rhythm because at times, Chip had some rhythm," Sears said. "When Jordan came in, we hit a bump in the road so we just figured to go back with Chip to see if we can get some of that rhythm going."
With heavy thunderstorms rolling across Texas and Louisiana, Weber State's football team flew to Houston and bused to Lake Charles, La.
Athletics department officials had a longer route. After leaving at 4 a.m. Friday, WSU athletics director Jerry Bovee, communications director Paul Grua and radio play by play announcer Steve Klauke (filling in for Carl Arky) had a flight from Dallas to Lake Charles canceled and ended up flying to Alexandria, La., two hours away. Former WSU football coach and AD Jerry Graybeal, now assistant vice president for auxiliary support services, couldn't get a connection to Lake Charles either and ended up in Beaumont, Texas, where Bovee and Grua drove an hour in the other direction to pick him up. The trip wasn't over for Graybeal, who took the rental car and headed for his hotel only to have the car die on a flooded offramp. Fortunately for him, a longtime high school friend who lives in Lake Charles came to pick him up at 2 a.m. With rain coming down by the bucketful most of the night, Graybeal's next option might have been to call the Coast Guard.
The Wildcat Club's monthly coaches luncheon will take place today at the Ogden Summit Hotel (formerly Marriott), located at 247 24th St. The luncheon begins at noon and includes a meal, dessert and drink for $10. For more information call the Wildcat Club at 801-626-6576 or visit WeberStateSports.com.
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