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Story by Steve Schaack-ISU Sports Information
POCATELLO, Idaho- Idaho State opens Big Sky Conference play this weekend at UC Davis. Kickoff is at 7:05 p.m. (MST). This is the second meeting between the two schools. UC Davis won the first meeting 52-45 on Oct. 13, 2012 in Holt Arena.
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 also available at isubengals.com.
Tallying Up the Yards
Justin Arias has thrown 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 1,008 yards on the season, completing 83 passes on 137 attempts with three interceptions and four touchdown passes. He is averaging 336 yards passing a game and completing 60.6 percent of his throws.
Throwing for Over 400
There have been 15 times an Idaho State quarterback has thrown for over 400 yards in a game. Five of those instances has happened since Mike Kramer has been head coach. Along with Arias' two performances to start the 2013 season, Kevin Yost had games of 529, 508 and 448 passing yards in 2011 and 2012. The school record for most passing yards in a game is 589 by Vern Harris at Montana in 1985.
Climbing the Win Ladder
With the 2-1 start, Idaho State coach Mike Kramer has 82 overall wins in his coaching career and sits in fourth place on the Big Sky Conference all-time victories list. NAU coach Jerome Souers is third on the list with 84. Kramer is tied for third for most Big Sky Conference wins with 54. Souers is second that list with 55.
Richmond Off to Hot Start
Idaho State wide receiver Cameron Richmond had a career-high in receptions and receiving yards for the first two weeks of the season. In the win over Dixie State, Richmond had a career-high 149 receiving yards on nine receptions. A week later he tied his career-high in receptions with 12 and set his career-mark in receiving yards with 152. He also scored his first touchdown of the season in the 29-3 win over Western State. He has caught 26 passes for 317 yards. He is averaging 105.7 yards receiving a game.
Through the first three games, the Idaho State defense has 10 sacks, topping the mark of nine the team had 2012. In 2011, ISU had 15 sacks and in 2010 the team had 16.
Bengals Among FCS NCAA Stat leaders
The Idaho State offense ranks 7th in passing offense at 336.7 passing yards a game and 39th in total offense at 423 yards a contest.
Here is a look at where the Bengals rank individually in the NCAA stats.
17th, Receiving yards per game (105.7), 24th, Total receiving yards (317), 4th Receptions per game (8.7)
5th, Completions per game (27.67), 6th, Passing yards per game (336), 12th Total passing yards (1,008), 7th Total offense (334.3)
2nd, FG per game (2.3); 5th scoring (13.5), 28th, Scoring (9.0).