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POCATELLO, Idaho- Kevin Yost threw for 534 yards and four touchdowns in the Bengals 54-31 Homecoming loss to Sacramento State in front of a crowd of 7,882.
Yost completed 44 passes to seven different receivers on 73 attempts. Rodrick Rumble caught 11 passes for 183 yards and one touchdown while Josh Hill had a career-high 12 receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown. Luke Austin caught four passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Cam Richmond caught seven for 94 yards.
Freshman Taison Manu led the Bengal defense with 13 tackles, with three being for a loss in his first-career start. Demetrius Allen had a career-high 12 tackles and Donovan Henley added nine tackles and one interception. Anthony Boyles also recorded an interception.
Sacramento State had 551 yards in total offense with 349 coming from the rush and 202 from the air. Ezekiel Graham rushed for 158 yards and caught five passes for 70 yards and one touchdown.
Both teams exchanged touchdown in the first quarter as Richmond tied the game at seven on a 20-yard touchdown reception from Yost with 8:54 to play in the quarter. After the Hornets scored another touchdown, ISU answered when Yost hit Austin on a seven-yard touchdown strike with 6:32 left in the first to the game at 14.
Trailing 17-14 in the second quarter, Austin scored his second touchdown of the game on a 53-yard reception from Yost to give the Bengals a 20-17 lead with 7:20 to play in the half. ISU later led 23-20 after a 37-yard Brendon Garcia Field goal with 2:46 to play until halftime.
The Hornets scored a touchdown with 25 seconds remaining in the half to lead 27-23 at the halftime.
In the third quarter the Hornets extended their lead to 34-23 with a touchdown and they added 20 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. The Bengals second half touchdown came on a four-yard reception to Rumble and Josh Hill converted the two-point conversion.
Idaho State travels to Portland State next weekend. Kickoff is at 6:05 MST and the game can be heard live on 102.5 KMGI or 930 KSEI.
- Josh Hill had a career high 12 receptions and a career high 123 yards receiving.
- Rodrick Rumble had his ninth career double figure reception game with 183 yards. 183 receiving yards is his second-best performance of his career. For his career he now ranks seventh in receiving yards with 2,079. Brett Fowler is ranked sixth with 2,179 yards. Rumble had 166 career receptions and needs seven to pass Ed Bell to move into fourth place.
- Kevin Yost's 73 passing attempts is the second-best single-game performance. Paul Peterson had 74 attempts at Nevada in 1983.
- Kevin Yosts 44 completions is the second-best single game performance, only to his 47 he had against Northern Colorado in the Big Sky Conference opener last year. His 534 passing yards is the third best single-game performance. The school record for most passing yards in a game is 589 by Verne Harris in 1985 at Montana.
- Taison Manu made his first-career start and had 13 tackles and three tackles for loss.
- Demtrius Allen had a career-high 12 tackles.
- Donovan Henley recorded his seventh career interception.
Mike Kramer Quotes
“Well this thing got away from us in the second half. I thought we started out well early, it was a competitive game. We gave up some real real inexpensive plays. The long play begins and we need to get more guys in the point of attack, run a hit screen and the guy cuts back and scores a touchdown. We give Sacramento state credit. They played their butts off and kicked our butt."
"I didn't think we caught the ball the way we are supposed to catch the ball in the second half. I think the pressure wasn't as big as a factor. We turned the ball over and defensively we didn't get the stops and we gave up horrendous and horrific plays. Our defense is as poorly coached and executed as we can do it. We don't have a stopper. We don't have a guy on defense playing hard and willing to get us off the field on third downs. I'm mightily concerned about our defense."
On play of Taison Manu
"He played well until he got a little ding, and he had to come out and not finish the game, he has to be tough enough to finish what he starts."
On performance of the defense
"The whole thing boils on my shoulders, I'm coaching outside backers and calling every defensive play, I have got to do a way better job coaching this defense because we are so far away defensively. We are not playing scelly out there. It is not a two handed touch game. We are not going down, we reach and grab. And when they break out from a tackle on a power play it's cause we are reaching and grabbing and not finishing tackles. Myself and our defensive staff are up against the wall right now, because this thing has to improve defensively and in a very fast order because I'm not standing for it."
On Offense and running game
"Kevin was trying to stay on top of it and make the play. We had negative 1 rushing yard at halftime. We are trying to run the ball and we spend a lot of time trying to run the football. I'm disappointed in our running game. Our running game needs to be a part of it. Even though I give public service in not running the football. Yes we do want to run the football. We want to do all things well. We want to run the ball, gain yards and we don't want to lose yards."