Some news, notes and quotes from today’s Great West Conference football coaches media call.
** Four of the 5 league teams were in action over the weekend. As you might have read, UC Davis beat USD 24-23 in overtime, while North Dakota beat Stony Brook 31-24, and Montana beat Cal Poly 35-24.
** In Cal Poly’s game in Missoula against fourth-ranked Montana, the host Grizzlies completed an 84-yard touchdown pass on a third-and-10 play in the second quarter to get on the scoreboard. Said Cal Poly coach Tim Walsh, “We really had opportunities in the first half to take control of the game.”
** Despite a 2-3 record, Cal Poly remained in the Top 25 FCS Media Poll, at No. 19. I wasn’t so kind to the Mustangs in my vote this week…
** USD coach Ed Meierkort continued his strong thoughts on his team’s kicking woes, saying today that “Actually nothing we can work on. We’ll make a decision whether we’ll ever kick a field goal again.” I didn’t mention this in today’s story, but the way Saturday played out (USD missed a kick in OT, other team did) eerily like last year’s season finale against North Dakota.
** In the loss to UC Davis, USD senior defensive lineman Wayne Curry recorded three sacks against an Aggies team that had allowed a total of FOUR sacks in the previous four games. Consider this, in a loss at nationally-ranked Boise State the week before, UC Davis allowed just one sack.
** After the win against Stony Brook (an FCS team, by the way), North Dakota gets ready to host the University of Sioux Falls next Saturday. The USF Cougars, the defending NAIA champions, have out-scored opponents 343-33 this year. Said North Dakota coach Chris Mussman, “The perception is you should beat them pretty good. The reality is, they’re a very good football team.”
** After Cal Poly coach Tim Walsh called his team “the most improved team in the conference,” Southern Utah head coach Ed Lamb said, “I know that our guys have worked really hard. I think that our players should have some pride in how far they’ve come along.” The Thunderbirds are 2-3 this season, and just two years ago, were 0-11.
** In games this weekend: USD travels to Montana State, North Dakota hosts Sioux Falls, Cal Poly hosts Southern Utah, and UC Davis hosts Winston-Salem State.