WSU vs SEMO 20

Weber State defensive back Jordan Preator (24) and defensive lineman Jayden Palauni (50) take the field with teammates before playing Southeast Missouri State in an FCS Playoff second-round game Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at Weber State University.

OGDEN — There was plenty of history, milestones and more from Weber State’s doubleheader Saturday.

The WSU football team defeated Southeast Missouri State 48-23 in the second round of the FCS Playoffs. The men’s basketball team defeated BYU 113-103 to snap a 15-game skid to the Cougars.

In this week’s notebook, we take a look at some notes that provide context to the weekend’s victories.

HIGH POINTS & MARGIN

WSU’s 48 points to defeat SEMO was the most points the Wildcats have scored in a game this season. The 25-point margin of victory is also a season high, eclipsing two wins of 17 points (South Dakota and Northern Colorado).

FOOTBALL ATTENDANCE

Attendance at Saturday’s playoff game was a healthy 8,838. While that’s just more than half of Stewart Stadium’s capacity, it is 2,000 more fans than showed for 2017’s home playoff game against Western Illinois.

It was also the second-highest draw of the eight second-round playoff games Saturday. Behind North Dakota State (17,007), Weber State outdrew games at (attendance in thousands): UC Davis (8.3), Colgate (6.4), Maine (6.1), Eastern Washington (5.2), Kennesaw State (3.5) and South Dakota State (3.0).

Only South Dakota State, which played Duquesne in a blizzard, had notably worse weather than Ogden.

WIN MILESTONES

Saturday’s win moved Weber’s season record to 10-2. That means Jay Hill has coached WSU to its first back-to-back 10-win seasons in school history after going 11-3 in 2017. That also matches the number of 10-win seasons in the decades prior to his tenure (1987, 2008).

In those two seasons, the Wildcats now also have three playoff wins. That, too, eclipses the program’s playoff win total prior to Hill’s tenure — both previous playoff wins came in those same years, 1987 and 2008.

GARRETT HITS 2,000

Senior running back Treshawn Garrett returned to WSU’s lineup with force Saturday, rushing 17 times for 134 yards for an average of 7.9 yards per carry.

That pushed Garrett to 2,123 career rushing yards, making him the 10th WSU player to reach 2,000 career yards and putting him at ninth in all-time rushing yards.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

Weber State’s quarterfinal game against Maine is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and will air on ESPN2. It is the only college or NFL game in the country that day.

BIG SKY MUSCLE

All three seeded Big Sky teams still remain in the playoffs, with Eastern Washington beating Nicholls State 42-21 and UC Davis squeaking by Northern Iowa 23-16. Those two face each other Saturday in the other quarterfinal game on Weber State’s side of the bracket.

BASKETBALL’S CENTURY MARK

Weber State’s 113-103 win over BYU was the program’s most-ever points scored against an in-state opponent and was the first time the Wildcats hit 100 or more points against a Division-I opponent since a 113-92 win over Cal State Northridge on Jan. 29, 2000.

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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