RENO, NV (KOLO) - It's on to the next one for the Silver and Blue. After a 77-6 loss to the Oregon Ducks over the weekend the Wolf Pack was the first to tell us they need to play better. Blown assignments and lack of a execution was a big reason for the 71 point difference. On Saturday Coach Norvell mentioned if his team plays like they did in Autzen Stadium this weekend, Weber State will drop 70-plus.
"We played about a quarter to a quarter and a half of competitve football. From there we made too many mistakes to give ourselves a chance to even be in the game," Coach Norvell said of his team's performance against Oregon.
Senior offensive lineman Jake Nelson added "the biggest thing Coach talked about was mental intensity. We had way too many mental errors and penalties and missed assignments and stuff. When you play a good team like we did the other night you just can't have those. You have to be absolutely perfect. We didn't do that."
Sophomore defensive lineman Dom Peterson doesn't want to lose that way again. "We're forgetting about it but it needs to stay there. We need to remember how they were doing us in the 4th quarter, acting like clowns out there, it's something I'll never forget. Now I don't want anyone doing us like that again especially not at Mackay.
Bits and pieces of Coach Norvell's message over the weekend about the point differential could have been hyperbole, but Weber State is no cupcake. The FCS power hung with a different Mountain West opponenet, San Diego State, in its opener and is projected to finish in the top 3 in the Big Sky Conference.
The head coach said "they're coming off a 10-win season last year, they've reached the playoffs in their division the last 3 seasons, so they're just a very quality, quality team. Very well coached, very well disciplined, and they make you earn everything you get."
"Two years ago with Idaho State and last year with Portland State we've seen both spectrums of it. With Weber State we have to go in with the mindset that they want to win. They think they're going to win and we just need to respect them and play to our abilitie," Nelson added.
"We're not letting nobody get ahead of us. We are taking every game one by one. We just want to take them seriously as much as we would take Oregon seriously," Peterson said of the Wolf Pack's mentality.