Closing out the preseason

Wrestling over a football, Ty MacPherson fights to grab the ball. (Weber State Athletics)

The Weber State University football team is returning to Stewart Stadium on Sept. 17 to take on the Utah Tech University Trailblazers after a historic win against Utah State University on Sept. 10.

Previously known as Dixie State, this is the program’s debut season as Utah Tech.

This will be the third matchup for the two programs, and Weber State is currently holding the series at 2–0.

“We have to dig deep and hard into Utah Tech because we have not done much offseason preparations and study on these guys yet,” Jay Hill said in an interview with Weber State Athletics. “This is a dangerous team coming in here that wants this game.”

Weber State traveled down to St. George to take on Utah Tech last year and handed the Trailblazers a 41–3 loss.

Bronson Barron, the starting quarterback for the ‘Cats this season, went out with an injury in Utah Tech’s matchup last year.

Barron completed 10 of 20 attempted passes for 90 yards before leaving the game. Kylan Weisser appears to be QB2 and made an appearance in last year’s matchup, completing two of three passes for 13 yards.

A recovered Josh Davis will make an appearance against Utah Tech after an injury held him out of the game in 2021. Davis had one touchdown against Utah State and rushed for 94 yards.

Nine different Wildcats caught passes, and Justin Malone led the squad with three passes for 45 yards.

In total, the Wildcats had 497 yards in comparison to Utah Tech’s 253 yards. Two-hundred-seventeen yards came from passing and 280 from rushing.

The first matchup between the two programs was in 2008, where the ‘Cats handed the Trailblazers a 44–7 loss.

In total, the Wildcats have outscored Utah Tech 85–10.

Utah Tech currently sits at 1–1 for their season. California State University, Sacramento handed Utah Tech their first loss of the season, 56–33. The Trailblazers hosted their first home game of the season at Greater Zion Stadium and beat Chadron State 56–10.

Because Utah Tech transitioned to NCAA Division I status in July 2020, they are not eligible for a national ranking.

The Wildcats were dubbed No. 12 in the FCS national poll after their dominating win against Utah State.

Following their game against Utah Tech, the Wildcats will open Big Sky play at UC Davis on Sept. 24.