Weber State football's season-long frustrations continued with Saturday's loss at Montana.
Different problems have cropped up at various times, but the most consistent problem through the Wildcats' 10-game losing streak has been inconsistency.
Obviously, that's frustrating to second-year WSU coach Jody Sears.
"Of course it is," Sears said, "but you can't make excuses. You've got to keep coaching and loving the guys."
The Grizzlies lost starting quarterback Jordan Johnson at halftime of their 42-6 victory over the Wildcats, but they didn't bother to try to throw the ball in his absence, attempting only four passes in the second half.
Weber State's offense couldn't stay on the field, converting on just three of 16 third downs, and its defense couldn't get off the field as the Grizzlies rushed for 338 of their total 461 yards, wearing the Wildcats down with their ground game.
"I thought we made the adjustments we needed to, especially in the second half," Sears said. "We were putting a lot of our guys in position to make plays, we just had some missed tackles that second half. We hit that 70-point late in the third quarter, in terms of our play number, and our depth on defense started to show up a little bit."
Weber State linebacker Roman Valenzuela tied senior Anthony Morales for a team-high with 13 tackles and also forced one fumble and recovered another.
Valenzuela, a sophomore from South Jordan, gave Montana credit but said the Wildcats didn't execute their own plan.
"They're a (well)-coached team, good team overall," he said. "Coaches put us in position to make the plays, we just had to make them. We missed way too many tackles today, myself included. That's the difference."
Montana's offense ran 85 plays to 65 for WSU, but Valenzuela didn't use fatigue as an excuse.
"Honestly, it shouldn't matter," Valenzuela said. "If you're in a position to make the play, you should make the play."
The Wildcats have one last shot this season to end their double-digit losing streak. Saturday's border rivalry game against Idaho State will be Senior Day at Stewart Stadium.
"What I told the guys afterwards was it's all about these seniors right now," Sears said. "We've got a group of seniors we need to send off on the right note. The way we work, the way our attitude is, the way morale is is really good. We've got to have that carryover this next week for our seniors and that's got to show up on Saturday. We'll keep preparing like we always do. We've got to keep stressing our execution, turnovers -- We've got to win the turnover margin."
Weber State men's basketball would clearly rather be 2-0 than 0-2, but coach Randy Rahe is counting on a tough preseason schedule being more beneficial in the long run than playing a soft schedule.
The most disconcerting part of the Wildcats' 88-67 loss on the road to Colorado State on Saturday might have been the loss of senior center Kyle Tresnak to a probable sprain in the first half.
The Wildcats need Tresnak, who is one of the top returning post players in the Big Sky Conference and scored a career-high 24 points in the season opener at BYU. Tresnak scored nine points in 20 minutes against the Rams and was expected to be evaluated over the weekend.
Weber State's next game, the second of three in a row with Mountain West Conference teams, is at home against in-state rival Utah State on Nov. 26.
Congrats to PAUL GRUA, of OGDEN, and BRAD LARSEN, of SYRACUSE, for answering last week's WSU Notes trivia question about the last true freshman to start a season-opener for Weber State basketball before point guard Jeremy Senglin did it against BYU on Nov. 8.
Grua, the current director of athletics communications at Weber State, put in the research to confirm the answer Larsen, his predecessor, suggested.
Bruce Collins, who became WSU's all-time leading scorer, started as a true freshman in 1976. However, right alongside him was fellow true freshman guard Mark Mattos, who perhaps not coincidentally, became the school's all-time assists leader.
Not bad company for Senglin, a 6-2 point guard from Arlington, Texas, who has scored 14 points in each of WSU's games so far.
Kyle Bullinger, who played 117 games and started 112 for the 'Cats from 2007-12, also was mentioned as a possible answer to the trivia question. Bullinger did start in his first official game, but he wasn't a true freshman. He redshirted the previous year after hurting his ankle in fall practices.
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