OGDEN, Utah -- Zach Smith's 57-yard touchdown run sealed a 50-40 Weber State victory over Stephen F. Austin in the season opener for both teams Saturday night.
Smith's touchdown was part of a quick drive down the field in the fourth quarter that stifled the momentum of two touchdowns by SFA, which had narrowed the score to 43-40 early in the fourth quarter.
Weber State took a 23-7 lead in the first quarter and managed to keep it.
Bo Bolen had two of the Wildcats' four rushing touchdowns.
Brady Attaway threw for 450 yards and four touchdowns to keep the Lumberjacks in the game. Stephen F. Austin finished second in the nation last year in passing offense and had over twice as many passing yards as Weber State, but three intercepted passes contributed to the Lumberjacks' loss.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes quarterback Sean Maguire is ready to go full speed by the middle of June.
Graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb has officially joined California, giving the Golden Bears an experienced option to replace No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jared Goff.
First-year football coach Dino Babers, hired by former Syracuse AD Mark Coyle, is on the committee that will search for Coyle's replacement.
Hugh Freeze has some major holes to fill on offense with the departures of Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell, but there is Chady Kelly and good depth.
After transferring in from Montana State, Dakota Prukop has a checklist he's working from as he prepares to compete for the Oregon job.
The destination for Week 6 of the Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip is unanimous, as all three conference reporters would head to the Red River Rivalry.
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