#12 NAU Runs Over ISU

Josh Hill Makes a catch against NAU (Photo by Karsen Welch King)
Josh Hill Makes a catch against NAU (Photo by Karsen Welch King)
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Updated: 11/04/2012 5:46 pm


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STORY BY STEVE SCHAACK-ISU MEDIA RELATIONS 

POCATELLO, Idaho- The Idaho State football team lost 50-10 to No. 12 Northern Arizona in front of a crowd of 5,144 at Holt Arena on Saturday afternoon. Northern Arizona improved to 8-1 and 6-0 in Big Sky Conference play while ISU fell to 1-7 and 0-6.

The Bengals had 326 total yards with
Kevin Yost throwing for 272 yards and one touchdown. Rodrick Rumble caught seven passes for 99 yards and one touchdown while Donovan Henley led the ISU defense with nine tackles and two tackles for a loss. Trevor Spence also had nine tackles.

NAU tallied 616 total yards with 356 coming on the ground.

Northern Arizona jumped out to a 12-0 lead early with 3:23 left in the first quarter.  The Bengals then got on the scoreboard when Yost connected with
Rodrick Rumble on a 57-yard reception to cut the NAU lead to 12-7. NAU extended its lead to 19-7 early in the second quarter and ISU followed with a 12 play, 65-yard drive that resulted in a Brendon Garcia 27-yard field goal with 6:03 to play in the first half.

The Bengals were held scoreless in the second half as NAU scored on touchdown in the third quarter, two in the fourth quarter and a 30-yard field goal.

Idaho State plays next Saturday at Cal Poly. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. (MST) and the game can be heard live on 102.5 KMGI.

Mike Kramer Quotes
"There is really not much to say. We are a little young and struggling a little bit with our offensive consistency. Ten points is not enough to beat anybody, especially with as wounded as we are on defense."

"We did some nice things defensively early. It evaporates on us a little bit. We can't seem to rise enough in the back end of our defense to prevent long scores.  I am proud of the defense. They played hard and well early."

"Their (NAU) quarterback played outstanding. They have won eight in a row. Give them a lot of credit. Their defense is led by 10 transfers so they got better right away."

"Northern Arizona is pretty savvy on defense and did some nice things. Andy Thompson is their defensive coordinator. I have known him for a long time. He did a nice job and mixed things up. We didn't get any free shots. We broke loose for one play. We went unbalanced in our offensive line and they didn't quite catch it and Rod was able to spring down field."


Game Notes
- Rodrick Rumble now has 2,601 yards receiving in his career. He needs 76 yards to pass Ed Bell to become the program's all-time leading receiver. Rumble has 205 career receptions and needs 15 to be the schools all-time leader in receptions.
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Anthony Boyles had a career-high eight tackles.
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Kevin Yost has 6,022 passing yards in his career and ranks third all-time in Idaho State history. Russel Hill is second with 7,529 yards.
- The 57 yard touchdown reception to
Rodrick Rumble was the second longest offensive play of the 2012 season.

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