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POCATELLO, Idaho- The Idaho State football team had 626 yards of total offense and the Bengals beat Black Hills State 38-5 in front of 6,228 fans at Holt Arena on Saturday evening. Idaho State is now 1-1 and has a bye this week before playing at Nebraska on Sept. 22.
Kevin Yost was 41-for-58 with two touchdowns and 424 yards in the air. Derek Graves caught 15 passes for the second straight game for one touchdown and 140 yards while Cam Richmond caught 12 passes for 133 yards and one touchdown.
The Bengals carried the ball 31 times for 128 yards, led by Aaron Prier's nine carries for 57 yards and one touchdown. Xavier Finney had 16 carries for 49 yards and two touchdowns. Braeden Mitchell also had three carries for 21 yards.
Demetrius Allen and Mitch Beckstead led ISU with nine tackles. Black Hills State was held to 198 total yards.
Black Hills State took a 2-0 lead on a safety with 7:20 left in the first quarter. The safety was caused by a penalty on the Idaho State offense.
ISU then scored three straight touchdowns to lead 21-2 with 2:42 left in the first half. Graves scored his first touchdown with 1:52 left in the first off a three-yard pass from Yost and Prier followed with a 12-yard touchdown run with 8:58 left in the second half. With 2:42 left Finney scored on a one-yard run and Black Hills State kicked a 21-yard field goal with 24 seconds left until halftime to make the score 21-5.
ISU's scoring in the second half consisted of a 19-yard Brendon Garcia Field goal, a nine-yard Richmond touchdown reception and a one-yard Finney run early in the fourth quarter.
Mike Kramer Post Game Quotes
Well, we are pretty proud of our effort today. We were sluggish a little bit at the start and we were bothered by our own penalties.
We don't really mind the defensive holding and pass interference penalties. Those were all great calls by the officiating crew that knows what they are doing. That's a pretty veteran group of guys. And we do have our hands on those guys so.
Their pass protection was better than we had expected. I don't think we got a sack. We did get our first turnover. It did take us eight quarters to get it on defense. Offensively though Kevin continues to play well and he has a great and improved offensive line that features one of the greatest offensive players in this conference…..
I like what our receivers are doing. We're not getting enough touchdowns ah per catch ratio. It's something we really really work on and we played a lot of young guys today which was good and that's what we intended to do regardless of who we played. But I thought Black Hills State did a nice job. For a football team we didn't know much about, they played us pretty solid. They were bothered by penalties, a great effort by our crowd today and giving us some home field advantage in Holt Arena.
Media: “Can you talk about that crowd some more, I think they had 5 penalties in the first quarter?”
I just think that the fans here understand that they are an integral part of us trying to play better on defense and an awesome job of giving us long field position defensively. We were able to keep them out of the end zone so it was a nice job by our defense. We put ourselves in a little bit of a hold once when we didn't recover kick -off coverage. They got down there inside the 30 and then we held them off there right before half and I thought that was a key point in the ball game because if you let a team off the mat you never know what can happen. Just ask Colorado.
Media: No touchdowns on your defense. That's got to be a positive thing?
Well I feel really positive about it. I feel like Black Hills State gave us a pretty good test, because they ran a lot of the standard stuff that we see in our conference, a very good job by a young defense that is still trying to develop its teeth. We go out there like a whole bunch of kittens sometimes and we play like it but we are getting a lot better and well be getting more aggressive but we are greatly concerned about our pass rush. Our pass rush has got to improve dramatically.
Media: So if you walk out of this game the one thing you'd say you need to work on its your pass rush?
Last year at this time we were excited to win, to beat anybody. Now we are excited to get moving forward and fix ills that we see in front of us so it's good and it's not all good. It's great that we won. It's great that the students and everybody had a great time. It great that everybody tailgated. It was great that the fans were a big part of what we did, yet some glaring issues that a bye week will certainly help us solve.
Media: You didn't give up a sack today tell us about your offensive front?
Our offensive front continues to improve, (coach) Derrick (Roche) has done a great job with our offensive front. We started two freshmen, two sophomores and one of the great seniors I have ever had a chance to coach. And they were faced today with a lot of really complicated type of twists and stunts out of a 3-3 defense, but again a lot of the credit goes to Don Bailey and Kevin Yost. Kevin is able to get protection and make the right kind of adjustment calls to the offensive lines so we can pick stuff up. Kevin has thrown the ball in rhythm and in time because the middle part of our offensive front is giving him protection. And when that happens are offense is nothing but waiting blow up.
Coach Kramer final thoughts
Uh, I don't know we will just have to wait and see when we line up in our next game. We just like to play a lot of guys. We don't like any guy to consider himself a starter in any substance and any back up guy consider himself a non starter so we have guys and the first 11 to go out on the field are the starters and you never know, we did a real nice job today of rotating our backs. We saw all three running backs that were suited today, carry the ball, we saw two quarterbacks play. We saw 7 or 8 receivers in the ball game, we played two tide ends and I was chomping at the bit to get our 3rd tide end into the ball game. We played every available offensive lineman. We played almost every guy available on defense; we needed one more series there defensively to finish and make sure that everybody that we are not richer and had a chance to participate in this game so great job by our coaches. They did a great job of us meeting the challenge of playing a game at home right after a loss to an air force team that really got after us especially on their offense versus our defense. Thanks you guys. I appreciate it
- Derek Graves now has three games in his career with 15 receptions. In today's win over Black Hills State he caught 15 passes for a career-high 140 yards and one touchdown.
- Cameron Richmond played his first-game in Holt Arena and had 12 receptions for 133 yards and one touchdown.
- Kevin Yost's 424 passing yards is the eighth best single-game performance in program history.
- CJ Reyes saw his first action at quarterback for the Bengals and was 9-for-11 with one interception while throwing for 74 yards.
- Demetrius Allen had a career-high nine tackles and Mitch Beckstead recovered his first-career fumble.