ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- The Central Washington Wildcats are ready for Thanksgiving but they also can't wait for Saturday.
The top-ranked Wildcats were out practicing Wednesday as they prepare for their second national quarterfinal appearance in three years against second-ranked Northwest Missouri State.
Against Tarleton State, 6,200 fans yelled their hearts out and the Wildcats expect a similar crowd this weekend.
And they know people are starting to pay attention to their success.
"We are certainly the talk of the state," said Head Coach Blaine Bennett. "I know the Apple Cup is going on and their going to have 65, 000 people at the Apple Cup but these 6,000 that are going to be at our stadium are going to get a great look at Division II Football, an exciting brand of football, and it'll be a lot of fun at noon."
"If the crowd was anything like it was last weekend ... I 've never had so much fun, just interacting with the crowd when I scored the touchdown," said Receiver Johnny Spevak. "I just saw loads of people and I just got pumped up and our whole team got pumped up. I think that was one of the reasons we played so well is because of the crowd,"