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Weber State running back Josh Davis runs the ball during a game at Cal Poly on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Davis finished with 177 rushing yards.

OGDEN — For the school’s best rushing effort in six seasons, Josh Davis earned national recognition.

The redshirt freshman used his first career start to rush for 177 yards in Weber State’s 24-17 win over Cal Poly, earning STATS National Freshman of the Week honors.

It was the most rushing yards for one Weber State player in one game since C.J. Tuckett ran for 289 in 2012, setting a new school record.

Davis rushed for two touchdowns and also broke a 60-yard scamper that set the Wildcats up for a crucial touchdown.

He’s again listed as starter in this week’s depth chart ahead of the home opener against South Dakota.

JENKS OR CONSTANTINE

Saturday’s win also saw Kaden Jenks and Jake Constantine in action at quarterback. Jenks threw 6 of 9 for 47 yards and also tallied a key 14-yard rush to set up the team’s first touchdown before leaving the game under concussion protocol.

Constantine finished 9 of 15 for 84 yards and threw the go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter.

The depth chart lists both as starter entering this week, using the flexible “OR” designation on the position listing.

RANKED VS RANKED

South Dakota nearly upset Kansas State to open the season and handled Northern Colorado last week 43-28, pushing it up into the STATS Top 25 at No. 22. Weber State welcomes the Coyotes to Stewart Stadium this week as the No. 11 team in the same poll.

USD was a playoff team last season and appears to be a contender in the Missouri Valley Football Conference again.

BACK AT HOME

Dating back to a three-game home win streak to end the 2015 season, Weber State is 12-2 in games at Stewart Stadium, which includes last year’s first-round playoff win against Western Illinois. Last season’s three home wins against Division-I opponents came by an average score of 39-12.

GIMME THAT BALL

The Wildcats are first in the Big Sky in turnover margin in the first two weeks at plus-5 by forcing six turnovers — three fumbles and an interception against Utah and two lost fumbles against Cal Poly — while only giving it away once, a Davis fumble last week that the defense turned into a punt thanks to a third-down sack from LeGrand Toia.

RED ZONE PUNCH

Both games in which Weber State has played have featured perfect red-zone scoring. Weber State is 5 for 5 with four touchdowns and one field goal in the red zone. Opponents are 7 for 7 with four touchdowns and three field goals.

AROUND THE BIG SKY

The big Week 2 matchup was a non-conference bout between Big Sky foes in Flagstaff. No. 6 Eastern Washington defeated No. 20 Northern Arizona 31-26 in a game that saw NAU lose quarterback Case Cookus to injury in the second quarter.

Sacramento State led San Diego State in the fourth quarter before falling 28-14.

UC Davis appears to have a potent offense, defeating San Diego 54-21, while Montana smashed another MVFC team at home in a 48-16 win over Drake. Idaho beat a non-Division I team 56-10.

In losses, Montana State took a 45-14 beating at South Dakota State and Southern Utah was down 41-7 at halftime to Oregon State before falling 48-25. Oregon beat Portland State 62-14.

Contact Brett Hein at bhein@standard.net, follow him on Twitter @bhein3 and at facebook.com/brettheinwrites.

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

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