By Steve Schaack-ISU Media Relations
The quarterback trio of Kevin Yost, Justin Arias and Brad Kragthorpe combined to throw 48 passes, competing 36 for 479 yards and six touchdowns. Yost was 11-for-16 for 142 yards and two touchdowns, Kragthorpe was 11-for-15 for 127 yards and one touchdown while Arias was 14-for-17 for 210 yards and three touchdowns.
Cameron Richmond, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last year in the Washington State game, led the receiving core with six receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns, including a 68-yarder from Arias.
“Having Cam Richmond back with two years of eligibility bodes well for this football team,” Idaho State coach Mike Kramer said. “He is getting a lot more confident.”
After missing the first scrimmage, Luke Austin returned and caught seven passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Rodrick Rumble caught five passes for 71 yards.
“The return of Luke Austin was great,” Kramer said. “We found out in the Eastern Washington game that he is such a good presence on the inside. He can be a guy that can carry the middle of the offensive passing attack. Josh Hill was back at full health so the middle of our passing game gutted our safeties.”
Daniel McSurdy carried the ball eight times while Aaron Prier had seven carries.
The defense only forced one turnover, a fumble that was caused and recovered by Cameron Gupton just before McSurdy got into the end zone.
“The defense did not come to the practice,” Kramer said. “That is not represented of the way we are going to have to play defense. We never got a stop. Our defense has to play with more confidence and play with some play making ability.”
Also of note, Kramer said he was pleased with the move on the offensive line with Mark Clampitt at guard and Travis Namohala at center.
Idaho State returns to spring practice April 24-28. Spring practice concludes on April 28 at 1 p.m. with the Dave Kragthorpe classic.
Prior to the event, from 10-11 a.m. inside Holt Arena the seniors on the Bengal football team will host a “Big Bengal Play Day” where kids ages four to 13 can come participate in activities and get the autographs from the seniors on the team.