Weber State will host playoff game for first time ever

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OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 Sports) –  For the first time ever, Weber State will host an FCS Playoff game. The Wildcats received an at-large berth into the FCS Playoffs Sunday and will host Western Illinois Saturday at 2 p.m., at Stewart Stadium. 

It will be the sixth time Weber State will compete in the FCS Playoffs but the first time hosting a playoff game. 

The Wildcats are ranked 11th in the nation in this week’s STATS poll. WSU finished the regular season 9-2 and earned a share of the Big Sky title with a 35-7 win over Idaho State Saturday. The nine wins is the third most wins in a season in Weber State history. Weber State enters the playoffs having won five-straight games. 

“We are so excited for our program and our fans to have a playoff game at home,” said Weber State head coach Jay Hill. “Western Illinois is a great team coming in and it will be a heck of a matchup. We are so excited to play in front of our crowd on Saturday.  

Western Illinois is ninth in the nation in this week’s STATS poll and enters the playoffs with an 8-3 overall record. They finished fourth in the Missouri Valley Football Conference with a 5-3 record. Their three losses were to ranked opponents South Dakota, North Dakota State and South Dakota State. The Leathernecks are 6-1 on the road this season.  

The two teams have met twice before in the 1970’s with the Leathernecks winning both games, winning in Ogden in 197 and in Macomb in 1976. 

The winner of Saturday’s game will move on to face Southern Utah in the second round. The Thunderbirds shared the Big Sky title with Weber State at 7-1 and earned a first round bye in the Playoffs. 

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