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Oct 5, 2012 1:33 AM by Andrew Masuda

19th ranked Cal Poly ready for Friday game at Weber State

The undefeated Cal Poly football teams takes on Weber State in a Big Sky Conference game in the Mustangs' first Friday game since 1962. Kickoff in Ogden, Utah is at 5 pm.

The 19th ranked Mustangs are off to their first 4-0 start since 2004. Cal Poly is 2-0 in Big Sky action and tied for first with Montana State, Northern Arizona and Eastern Washington.

Cal Poly is coming off a come-from-behind 35-17 win at North Dakota. The Mustangs rushed for 321 yards, led by Deonte Williams's 125 yards. Cole Stanford racked up 144 total yards of offense and scored one touchdown. Andre Broadous ran in two scores in the fourth quarter comeback. The Mustangs forced four turnovers, including 2 interceptions from Nico Molino. The senior is tied for the Big Sky and FCS lead with 4 picks.

The Wildcats are 0-2 in conference and 0-5 overall. But two of those losses were to FBS schools Fresno State (10-37) and Brigham Young (13-45), as well as a loss to 9th ranked Eastern Washington (26-32) and 19th ranked McNeese State. They lost 37-13 last week at UC Davis after trailing 31-0 in the first 28 minutes.

The Wildcats returned 15 starters from last year's team that went 5-6 and finished tied for third in the conference at 5-3. Safety Chris Wheeler played at Allan Hancock College and graduated from Templeton High. Weber State is the alma mater of Arroyo Grande High graduate Jamie Martin, who still holds numerous Weber State passing records and went on to play in the NFL.

The Mustangs lead the Big Sky and rank third in the nation with 326 rushing yards per game and are 26th with 32 points per game. The defense is 17th against the rush (109 yards per game) and 61st in passing defense (208.75).

The Wildcats are averaging 16.6 points per game, but have allowed 37.2 points per contest. The Weber State defense allows an average of 220 rushing yards per game and 258 yards through the air.

Cal Poly and Weber State are meeting for the ninth time with the Wildcats leading 5-3 in the all-time series. Weber State won 47-14 in the last meeting in 2009. Cal Poly's last win was a 47-19 victory in 2007.

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