Idaho State rolls to 40-14 Opening Victory

The Bengals celebrate the 44-10 victory over Dixie State
The Bengals celebrate the 44-10 victory over Dixie State
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Updated: 9/07/2013 11:16 pm


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Story by Steve Schaack-ISU Sports Information

POCATELLO, Idaho- Justin Arias tallied the ninth best passing performance in Idaho State history as he passed for 439 yards in a 40-14 season-opening win over Dixie State on Saturday afternoon at Holt Arena.

Arias had 467 yards of total offense as he rushed for 27 and ended the first half with a 19-yard touchdown run.

As a team Idaho State had 580 yard of total offense and held Dixie State to 256. ISU had 31 first downs and rushed for 141 yards as a team.

Xavier Finney had 83 yards running and scored the first touchdown of the game in the first quarter on a 16-yard run. He also 29 yards receiving and scored on a 12-yard reception in the third quarter.

Cameron Richmond finished with 149 receiving yards on nine receptions and Luke Austin had seven catches for 119 yards and one touchdown.

Mitch Beckstead led the Idaho State defense with nine tackles, two being for a loss. Austin Graves had a career-high eight tackles with one sack and two tackles for a loss. Jake Pele, P.J. Gremaud, Tyler Kuder, James Bergren, Kurt Karstetter and David Forester all had sacks. The Bengal defense had 11 tackles for loss. Pele and Karstetter recovered fumbles for the defense.

Brendon Garcia was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field goals as he connected on kicks of 27, 40, 33 and 24.

Idaho State led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter thanks to Finney's 16-yard touchdown run and Garcia's 27-yard field goal.  Dixie's touchdown came with 8:52 left in the first quarter to tie the game at seven.

The Bengals went into halftime up 24-7 thanks to an eight-yard touchdown reception from Austin and Arias' 19-yard run with five seconds left until halftime.

The Bengals led 34-7early in the third quarter before the Red Storm added a touchdown with 2:47 left in the fourth. Garcia gave the Bengals the final six points of the game with two field goals.

Idaho State hosts Western State on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 3:05 p.m.

Post Game Quotes
Mike Kramer
We are much improved. I have been saying all along that Justin would pick up right where Kevin left off. That was true. I thought at receiver we would end up being pretty darn good despite losing two great players. I think Cameron Richmond's game and Luke Austin's stands by itself.

We had really good play from our freshmen, at left guard Skyler Phillips and wide receiver Chad Hansen. I am excited about the way the offense played. We turned the ball over too many times and didn't run it as effectively as we were going to run it.

Defensively we were a lot more improved  but there were a lot of moments during the game which Dixie State offense, with a pretty good quarterback and set of receivers, moved the ball well. It was fun to play against a team that was pretty well prepared. My hats off to Dixie State.

On Garcia going 4-for-4 on field goals
I put a lot of pressure on him and he responded today like the great senior he is. I want to make sure we recognize the fact that he has the physical ability to do what he needs to do. He had an outstanding game and it is cool for us to know that we have a weapon when we kick the ball at the post.

Xavier (Finney) played very well and our offensive front played well at times.

We have a lot of things to work on. We were immature in a lot of areas. We were immature in substitutions and taking care of things in the kicking game. We need to make great decisions on third down. We have a lot of maturity that we will gain from this video.

Brendon Garcia
As a senior I wanted to play like this. I wanted to perform and go out like this. It means a lot to do it in a win.

Kicking is 80 percent mental. You have to trust everybody on the field and it helps to have the trust of your coach.

Justin Arias
It was awesome to start my first game and start it with a win. We did a lot of things well and we did some things poorly. You can't turn the ball over as many times. The fumble by me was just a mistake on my part and the on the interception the defender made a great play and capitalized on it.

Having a running game always helps. For the majority of the night they were blitzing six. They were trying to stop the run and that opens up the passing game for us.

We had a good win but there are a lot of things we can improve on. Our defense played with a lot of intensity and made a lot of improvement.

That was one of the few plays they dropped six or seven. I didn't see anyone open so I stepped up and took off. I wanted to get points right before halftime. I didn't give up on the play and wanted to get in the endzone.

Game Notes
- Game Captains were Trevor Spence, Justin Arias, Cameron Gupton and Luke Austin
- Justin Arias had 467 yards of total offense and his 439 yards passing was the ninth best performance in ISU history.
- Austin Graves had a career-high eight tackles.
- Saturday's attendance was 5,585
- Two freshmen, offensive lineman Skyler Phillips and wide receiver Chad Hansen made their first career-starts. Hansen caught four passes for 32-yards.
- Xavier Finney's 83-yards rushing was a career-high.
- The Idaho State offense scored on its first possession of the game for the first time since the 2011 season.
- The Idaho State defense had nine sacks in 2012 and had seven against Dixie State.

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