OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – Josh Davis rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns, while Damon Bankston added 122 yards and a score, as Weber State knocked off North Dakota in the first round of the FCS playoffs, 38-31.
The 10-2 Wildcats will face 10-1 Montana State in Bozeman next Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Bobcats defeated Weber State last month, 43-38.
Bronson Barron threw only 11 passes in a snowy game at Stewart Stadium. Barron was 5-for-11 for 110 yards and a touchdown pass to Hayden Meachem.
After jumping out to a 7-0 first quarter lead on a touchdown run by Dontae McMillan, Weber State exploded for 24 points in the second quarter to take a 31-14 lead into halftime.
The Wildcats led 38-17 headed into the fourth quarter after Davis’ second touchdown of the game. The Fighting Hawks rallied to score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the last with 3:04 left on a 4-yard pass from Tommy Schuster to Jack Wright.
North Dakota got the ball back trailing by seven points with 1:49 left. But three incomplete passes by Schuster ended the comeback effort.
Weber State racked up 330 yards rushing on 59 attempts. Tyler Hoosman led North Dakota’s ground attack with 138 yards.
Eddie Heckard led the defense with nine tackles and Winston Reid added seven tackles and a sack.
The victory gave Weber State 10 wins on the season for just the sixth time in school history, with four 10-win seasons coming since 2017 under head coach Jay Hill.