Weber State vs. Sacramento State 12

Weber State fans cheer with the hopes of winning a free cooler from Waldo the wildcat as Weber State battles Sacramento State in an NCAA football game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at Stewart Stadium in Ogden.

Weber State football’s 26-14 win over Sacramento State on Saturday came with some milestones.

For example, the Wildcats moved to 7-2, which gives them three straight seasons of at least seven wins. That’s never happened in program history.

Many of them have to do with playing — and winning — at home.

WSU moved to 5-0 at home, completing what is only the third undefeated, regular-season home schedule in program history and the first since 1997.

The Wildcats are on an eight-game home winning streak. The school record is 10.

In the last four seasons, Weber State is an astonishing 18-3 at home.

What’s behind it?

“We love our fans. That’s one big deal for me,” head coach Jay Hill said. “The fans come support us and the players take pride in playing well in front of the fans. That’s something that’s always going to be important to me.

“We’ve got to win at home, No. 1. We try to be entertaining at home, No. 2. We take great pride in it.”

Hill noted Saturday’s game, particularly, was a big deal to “making sure the seniors went out on the right note.”

But the Wildcats have a chance to keep playing at Stewart Stadium and entice the fans to come out in bigger numbers with home playoff games.

The first postseason home game in program history was a 21-19 win over Western Illinois last year.

For this season, this writer’s take is that WSU locked up a postseason berth with Saturday’s win. A win next week at Southern Utah would lock up at least a first-round home game.

Then, based on the FCS playoff committee revealing WSU at No. 4 this week (No. 2 James Madison was upset Saturday, by the way), a win at Idaho State would absolutely lock up a top-four seed, meaning a first-round bye and the potential for at least two home games after that.

Is Weber State thinking about the playoffs?

“Sure. I’m thinking about the playoffs,” Hill said after Saturday’s win. “Not to say that we’re so immature that we don’t know Southern Utah is a big game and Idaho State is going to be a huge game. As long as we’re not looking past someone, yeah, that’s a big deal.”

But as the Wildcats sport a .857 home win percentage in the last four seasons:

“We’re hoping like crazy this is not our last home game of the year,” Hill said.

Contact Brett Hein at bhein@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter @bhein3/@WeberHQ and at facebook.com/WeberStateSports.

Brett Hein is the sports editor and covers Weber State sports for the Standard-Examiner.

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