With its recent narrow overtime escape against an NAIA school, no one will confuse Sacramento State with an FCS Top 25 power.
The Hornets, however, beat Weber State by four touchdowns, 31-3, in Saturday's Homecoming game at Stewart Stadium; the Wildcats failed to score an offensive touchdown for the second time in three weeks.
The real problem with losing badly to a team like Sac State is the murderers' row of Big Sky powers coming up next.
Next Saturday, Weber State will be on the road at Eastern Washington, which entered last week ranked No. 2 before losing Saturday to No. 4 Sam Houston State. On Oct. 12, the Wildcats are at Cal Poly, which was ranked 19th in last week's poll.
For a breather in its return home to Stewart Stadium on Oct. 19, WSU gets Montana State, which started the season ranked No. 2 and was ranked No. 11 last week after defending Big Sky Conference offensive player of the year DeNarius McGhee was hurt. McGhee returned earlier than expected from an injured shoulder and helped the Bobcats blast North Dakota 63-20 on Saturday, so expect MSU to climb again in the polls.
There's always Idaho State to look forward to in the season finale, but before that, Weber State has Portland State on the road, Southern Utah at home and Montana on the road.
The Vikings nearly knocked off Cal Poly this past week, SUU beat Sacramento State in OT the week before the Hornets stung the Wildcats and Montana was ranked No. 7 before being whipped 34-16 by No. 24 Northern Arizona last Saturday.
If you're looking for a bright spot in the schedule, it might be that the Wildcats won't have to face NAU. Still, Weber State doesn't have a high margin of error in any of its remaining games.
In just his third game with the team, Florence helped Weber State's defense with a pair of interceptions. Florence arrived in Ogden earlier this month from Boise State, where he had eight tackles in a mostly special teams role last season.
Florence said WSU coaches made the right calls to put him in position for the two interceptions. They also found a place for him in Ogden.
"Previously before Boise State, I was a junior college athlete. Out of junior college, my redshirt freshman year I was thinking I was going back and late in May I got an offer to go to Boise. I went there last season, my sophomore season," Florence said. "I went to camp with them this year and things kind of didn't fall in my favor because it's about depth there. You've got to have depth at the next level. When one of our safeties went down, I played safety in junior college and high school and they moved me there but it was a backup role. I kind of wanted, I've got two seasons left in this game I've been playing since I was a little kid. It wasn't about the jersey, being a Boise State athlete which a lot of people have seen. I wanted to come play football and coach Sears gave me the opportunity. I'm just trying to take advantage of what God blessed me with, the opportunity. That's how I got here."
Weber State senior linebacker Anthony Morales left the Sac State game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury and was helped off the field by teammates. Saturday night, Sears said he did not yet know the extent of the injury but it would be evaluated over the weekend.
Florence said the Wildcats' defense tried to give a strong effort for their captain, a preseason All-Big Sky Conference choice who moved into school's top 10 career tackles list the previous week.
After being outscored by a combined margin of 183-19 in the previous three weeks, holding Sac State to 31 points was a step forward for Weber State.
Losing Morales for any length of time would be a major step backward.
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