In the final game of the Wildcats’ 2014 football season, Weber State was unable to go out on a three-game winning streak as they fell 46-28 at Idaho State.
“We gave up too many yards and too many big plays today,” said WSU head coach Jay Hill. “Idaho State really moved the ball well and you have to give them credit. We never quit and we gave ourselves a chance. We did a lot of things well but we gave up too much defensively.”
The loss was the first time since 2002 the Wildcats lost to the Bengals. That game ended in a 34-0 blowout win for Idaho State. Weber State has won 11 games in a row against ISU since then.
With the loss, the Wildcats finished their season at 2-10 overall and 2-6 in conference play. It is the third year in a row that the team finished with two wins. They finished ranked 12th out of the 13 football teams in the Big Sky Conference.
Sophomore Jadrian Clark got the start for the Wildcats, throwing 4-11 for 87 yards, a touchdown and an interception before leaving the game late in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. Sophomore Billy Green came in and had his first pass attempt since the Wildcats’ loss to Portland State on Oct. 25. Green finished out the game, throwing 17-26 for 192 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Green finished the season having thrown 194-318 for 2,055 yards, 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Green now sits in 19th place all-time among Weber State career passing leaders, having passed Milt Myers (1,911 career passing yards) and Kyle Bauer (2,000) in the loss to ISU.
Seniors Bo Bolen and Shaydon Kehano put up good performances in their final game with the Wildcats. Bolen rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown on 27 attempts, making it the first time in his career he had back-to-back games of 100 or more yards rushing. He finishes his career with 2,210 rushing yards, sixth most in team history. Bolen also set a conference record against Idaho State, as he returned two kickoffs for 60 yards to pass former Wildcat Bryant Eteuati for the career kickoff return yards record with 2,665 yards. Bolen also became the conference record-holder for career kickoff returns earlier this season, as he finishes his career with 107 career returns.
Kehano ended his career by catching six passes for 79 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Kehano finishes his career with 153 receptions for 2,244 yards and 20 touchdowns. Kehano ranks fifth all-time in school history for career receiving yards, and is sixth all-time for career receptions. He is the fourth Wildcat in team history to finish his career with 150 or more receptions and 2,200 or more receiving yards.
The Wildcats will now have to wait until September to see if they can build off of this season’s results. They open the 2015 season on the road at Oregon State on Sept. 5. Their first home game of the season will be on Sept. 19 when they host Sacramento State in a non-conference game.