Story by Rachel Rowan-ISU Media Relations
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MISSOULA, Mont.- The Idaho State football team lost 70-24 to the University of Montana on Saturday afternoon at Washington Grizzly Stadium in front of a crowd of 24,152.
Idaho State had 367 yards of total offense with 332 coming in the air. Montana recorded 605 total yards and rushed for 379 yards. Trevor Spence and Donovan Henley each had interceptions in the game.
The Bengals had their longest scoring drive in over two years going 99 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. With 12 receptions for 102 yards, Rodrick Rumble surpassed Sale' Key with 198 receptions for second in Idaho State history. Luke Austin caught a team-leading seventh touchdown in the second quarter.
Kevin Yost went 36 for 56 with 323 yards and three touchdowns and one interception. Cam Richmond caught 10 passes for 100 yards. Luke Austin caught six passes for 64 yards and one touchdown. Aaron Prier caught five for 29 yards and one touchdown. Josh scored a touchdown in the third quarter.
Taison Manu led the Bengals in tackles with 14 for the game. Mitch Beckstead had 13.
The Bengals first score of the game was a 20-yard field goal by Brendon Garcia. Idaho States first touchdown was a Yost to Austin 12 yard pass in the second quarter. Hill tallied his touchdown in the third quarter and Prier caught his 12-yard touchdown pass in the final quarter.
Idaho State returns home next Saturday, Nov. 3, to take on Northern Arizona. Kickoff is at 4:05.
- Trevor Spence and Donovan Henley each had interceptions. It was the first time since Sacramento State the Bengal defense has had a multi-turnover game since recording two interceptions against Sacramento State.
- Donovan Henley now has seven interceptions in his career.
- Kevin Yost's 323 passing yards moved him into third place in career passing yards at Idaho State history. He now has 5,750 yards. Russel Hill is in second place with 7,529 yards. Yost now has 896 passing attempts, which ranks fourth in Bengal history.
- Rodrick Rumble now has 2,502 receiving yards which ranks third in Bengal history. Ed Bell is first with 2,676 receiving yards and Sale' Key is second with 2,635 yards.
- Taison Manu led the Bengals in tackles again with a career-high 14. He has led the team in tackles in every game he has started.
- Aaron Prier had a career afternoon returning kicks as he returned seven kickoffs for 168 yards with a career long of 56 yards.
- Trevor Spence, Ethan Monroe, Cameron Gupton, Austin Graves, Austin Baker and Sage Warner all had a career-high in tackles. Spence had 11, Monroe 10, Gupton nine, Baker seven, Graves seven and Warner seven.
Idaho State Associate Head Coach Don Bailey Quotes
"We couldn't get off the field on third down. I thought we did ok defensively early on in the game on first and second down but we couldn't get them of the field during third down and that continues to be a big issue with us defensively. Offensively, we didn't generate enough offense early and get in the paint early enough to get things going."
"We have to be able to get offenses of the field on third down, whether it is third and short, medium or long and we could not do that today. With us offensively, we didn't execute as well as we would have liked either. I think we are 7 and 17 on third down conversion. We knew there was going to be a lot of possessions and you need to be able to execute all the time."
"They are a good football team and their record doesn't indicate how good they are. They lost four games by seven points. They are still a good football team and everything we anticipated from them we got. We just have to be able to meet the challenge.
Inconsistent was how we started the half. We would make a play here and there and then we would gave them the ball and you just can't do that against anybody. Let alone a good football team. This is a tough place to play. The crowd makes it hard. There is definitely a twelve man here which makes it hard on our guys. We have been trying to find that consistency throughout the season. In the two years we have been here, we have to continue to be able to put plays together or sting plays together especially early on in the game."
"The crowd makes it hard when you are doing silent count. We are certainly not the only team who has a tough time with their rush. They lead the league in sacks. We knew they were going to get after us. They get a jump on us because of the silent count and that's a big deal playing in this building. That's an extreme advantage, that most teams at this level do not have week in and week out at home."
"I like the 99 ½ yard drive. There are some positive things. It just tells us we can do it with our young guys. We are trying to develop confidence and getting them consistently to play. These guys have to know, at this point in the season, the physical stuff is not the hard part. It is the mental part, saying focused and making adjustment to defenses and what they are trying to do to us. A 99 ½ yard drive, to me, is a positive added today."
"With the youth of our team we talk about body language a lot and no matter what happens we have the next play. We always want to have our chest out and our chins up. We have to make sure that everything isn't wrapped up in one play. We still want to remain positive. We still have three games to go."