Weber State Opens 2022 Season With Blowout Win Over Western Oregon
OGDEN, Utah – The Weber State Wildcats opened the 2022 football season with a dominating 41-5 win over Western Oregon on Thursday night.
It was all about the running game for Weber State in their win over Western Oregon. All five touchdowns were scored on the ground, including two from Kris Jackson and one apiece from Josh Davis, Damon Bankston and Steven Shoats-Thomas.
Bronson Barron completed 16 of his 28 pass attempts for 152 yards. Jacob Sharp led the receivers with two catches for 43 yards. Weber State’s defense was on point throughout as Western Oregon ran the ball for -34 yards and threw for just 129 yards.
The Wildcats start the 2022 season with a 1-0 record. 🟣🏈💪
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) September 2, 2022
In the first quarter, Weber State had their punt go into their own end zone for a safety. That didn’t waver the Wildcats when they needed just three plays to go 22 yards when Damon Bankston ran in a six-yard touchdown to give Weber State the lead.
After facing injuries last season, Josh Davis looked good in the first half, scoring a five-yard touchdown on a direct snap. Kris Jackson added to the running game success with a one-yard TD. Late in the second quarter, Kyle Thompson nailed a 24-yard field goal and the Wildcats went to the halftime break with a 24-2 lead.
Coming out of the break, Western Oregon made a 34-yard field goal to trim the deficit to 30-5 but that would be the last time the Wolves would score. Jackson added another one-yard touchdown later in the third quarter. Early in the fourth quarter, Thompson made a 39-yard field goal. Steven Shoats-Thomas ran in a 13-yard touchdown midway through the fourth to seal the win for the Wildcats.
Weber State improved their record to 1-0 on the season. They will be on the road to face Utah State on Saturday, September 10. Kickoff is at 5:00 p.m. MT on the Mountain West Network and on KSL Sports Zone.