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STORY BY STEVE SCHAACK-ISU SPORTS INFORMATION
POCATELLO, Idaho- The Idaho State football team plays at SUU on Saturday, October 26, at 1:05 p.m. This is the first time the two teams have met since 2005. Idaho State leads the series 9-4-1. The Bengals won the last meeting 38-13 in Pocatello in 2005 and lost 45-31 in Cedar City in 2004. The Bengals did beat the T-Birds 42-17 on Nov. 23, 2002 at SUU.
How to Follow the Game
Fans can tune into Rock 102.5 or 930 CBS Sports Radio to listen to the game called by Jerry Miller and Tim Lewis. Live stats, video and audio are available at isubengals.com.
Where the Bengals Rank
Passing: 5th nationally and 2nd in the Big Sky Conference: 336.3 yards a game.
Kickoff Returns: 13th nationally and 2nd in the Big Sky Conference: 24.29 yards a return.
All-Purpose Yards: Xavier Finney, 11th in the conference at 99.29 yards a game.
Completions Per game: Justin Arias, 4th nationally and first in the Big Sky Conference, 28.57.
Field Goals Per Game: Brendon Garcia, 2nd nationally and first in the Big Sky Conference, 1.7
Passing Yards: Justin Arias, 5th nationally and 1st in the Big Sky Conference, 2,352 yards.
Passing Yards Per Game: Justin Arias, 4th nationally and first in the Big Sky Conference, 336 yards.
Points Responisible for: Justin Arias, 20th nationally and 4th in the Big Sky Conference, 108 points.
Receiving Touchdowns: Luke Austin, 15th nationally and 4th in the Big Sky Conference with six.
Receiving Yards: Luke Austin is 36th nationally and 9th in the Big Sky Conference with 552 yards.
Cameron Richmond is 39th nationally and 10th in the Big Sky Conference with 547 yards.
Receiving Yards Per Game: Cameron Richmond, 40th nationally and 8th in the conference at 78.1 yards per game.
Receptions Per Game: Cameron Richmond, 21st nationally and 4th in the conference at 6.3. Broc Malcom is 22nd nationally and 5th in the Big Sky Conference at 6.2.
Rushing Yards: Xavier Finney, 60th nationally and sixth in the Big Sky Conference, 537 yards.
Scoring: Brendon Garcia, 50th nationally and 4th in the Big Sky Conference, 7.3 points a game.
Total Offense: Justin Arias, 8th nationally and 2nd in the Big Sky Conference, 324.3 yards a game.
Most Rushing Yards By a Bengal Since 2004
1. 1117 Josh Barnett (200-1117) 2006
2. 1022 Josh Barnett (203-1022) 2007
3. 793 Josh Barnett (161-793) 2005
4. 783 Ken Cornist (175-783) 2005
5. 537 Xavier Finney (121-537) 2013
Tallying Up the Yards
Justin Arias threw for over 400 yards in his first two games as the starting quarterback. Arias threw for ninth most yards in program history vs. Dixie St with 439. He had 429 vs. Western State, the 10th most in program history. He has thrown for 2,357 yards on the season, completing 201 passes on 347 attempts with seven interceptions and 15 touchdown passes. He is averaging 336.7 yards passing a game and completing 57.9 percent of his throws. He currently boasts the 9th, 10th, 17th and 25th best passing game in ISU history.
Final Game Notes from Northern Arizona
- The 14-12 halftime lead was the first time Idaho State held a lead at halftime on the road since Sept. 29, 2007 at No. 8 Montana State. ISU led 17-14 but lost 40-20. The last time ISU did not trail at halftime on the road was Sept. 18, 2010 at Northern Colorado. The game was tied at 14 at halftime but ISU lost 35-21.
- CJ Reyes tied his career long punt with a 64-yarder.
- Broc Malcom and Chad Hansen had career-games in receiving yards. Malcom caught seven passes for 90-yards and scored his first-career touchdown as a Bengal. Hansen caught six passes for 82-yards.
- Madison Mangum caught a season-long pass of 29-yards.
- Austin Graves had two sacks and now has a team-best five sacks on the season.
Tale of the Tape
Idaho State SUU
Scoring 25.3 20.2
Points Allowed Per Game 28 21.6
First Downs 166 136
Rushing Yards 583 895
Avg. Rushing Yard Per Game 83.3 111.9
Passing Yards Per Game 337 191
Total Offense 420.3 302.9
Penalties 58-554 38-333
Punts 35-1380 (39.4) 53-2300 (43.4 avg)
Time of Possession 29:39 32:55
Third Down Conversion 47/121 39% 41/116 35%
Fourth Down Conversion 4/11 36% 5/8 62%
Sacks 19 11
Touchdowns 20 19