Party Like It's 1999: ISU 2-0 for 1st time in 14 Years
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GAME RECAP BY STEVE SCHAACK-ISU SPORTS INFORMATION
POCATELLO, Idaho- The Idaho State football team is 2-0 for the first time since 1999. The Bengals beat Western State 29-3 on Saturday afternoon at Holt Arena behind a defense that did not allow a touchdown and had goal line stand in the second half.
Idaho State held Western State to 267 yards while tallying 525 total yards. Brendon Garcia had another solid game going three-for-three on field goals on kicks of 30, 47 and 50. The 50-yard field goal tied his career-high as he also kicked two 50-yard field goals as a freshman in 2010.
Justin Arias threw for 429 yards and two touchdowns, going 36-53. Cameron Richmond tied his career-high in receptions with 12 and for the second-straight game broke his career-high in receiving yards wit 152 and one touchdown. Tyler Wright had seven-receptions for 89 yards and one touchdown and Broc Malcom caught five passes for 71 yards.
Mitch Beckstead led the Bengal defense with nine tackles.
The Bengals never trailed in the game and led 6-0 with 11:56 left in the first half after 30 and 47 yard field goals by Garcia. Western State's only points came on a 43-yard field goal with 6:34 to play in the half. Arias then had the Bengals only touchdown of the first half on an eight-yard run with 2:53 to play until halftime.
A key series in the game came early in the third quarter when Western State had first-and-goal on the ISU three-yard line after a turnover by the offense. The Bengal defense did not allow Western State to score and came up with the goal line stand when a Brett Arrivey incomplete pass fell short.
The Bengal offense then marched 99-yards and scored when Arias hit Tyler Wright on a three-yard touchdown reception with 7:36 to play in the third quarter. The ISU scoring drive lasted 12 plays, 99 yards and took 3:15 off the clock.
Idaho State's final touchdown of the game came when Richmond caught a 26-yard strike from Arias with 1:43 remaining in the third.
Garcia's 50-yard field goal came with 1:24 left in the game.
Idaho State returns to the field to play at Washington on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. (MST). The game will be televised on the Pac 12 Network.
Post Game Qutoes
Idaho State Coach Mike Kramer
There is no better feeling then being 2-0. We didn't surrender a touchdown. We played with pretty good intensity and showed a lot on intelligence. I think we played eleven sophomores and eleven freshmen, one junior and one senior on offense. It was a young crew out there and they played like it today. Hopefully we will be able to mature them. The defense was able to hold them even when they were at point blank range. This is indicative of the improvement we have made on our defense. More importantly for the second week in a row we are a football team who is led by our place-kicker. It's great to have Brendon here. He kicked off great, he banged in a 50-yarder. Snaps were good, the holds were great, the protection was solid and he was able to take advantage of his opportunities.
On the Defense and Overall Play
We are working hard to get our defense to play better. I think we can play better against the run especially on first down. I thought they (Western) did an excellent job on first downs today. On offense and defense they did a really nice job and knocked us of balance and kept us away from a little of our game plan on both sides of the ball and I have to give them some credit. Western State is much improved and they played like it. It was an excellent job from our coaching staff. I thought we did a great job at leadership and making sure our guys stayed on focus. I don't like the penalties and obviously I'm not real impressed by the penalties.
On the Goal Line Stand
We executed the calls. When you are point blank like that and you a pushing at the pocket you are just hoping and praying that our guys are going to play with good eyes and we are not going to let them out. Not only did we play good on the run we played good on the play action passes.
On the Play of the Offense
When you play so many sophomores, red shirt freshman, and true freshman, you are going to drop passes and you are going to get penalties. But we are going to play them because they are very talented and they are a good crew and they will learn that it's harder to play college football then what they think it is. Justin played pretty well. He was under duress, some of it was self-imposed. He will play much better in the weeks to come.
On Justin Arias and the Offense
They were a couple of times there was green real estate in front of him yet he still had his passing arm and was looking down field. That is maturity. He is taking coaching and I am very impressed with his ability as a quarterback. He needed to be a little bit better at his decision making. He didn't throw to the right guy all the time. He took some sacks and pressures and threw the ball away. He didn't play his A game but guys are going to be like that especially in their second career start.
I'm impressed that my younger guys can get on the field and play well. Jake Pele said it upstairs; It's been a long time since his career here that we won two in a row. Now let's see if we can play well for the rest of the season and show our fans that at home we are going to play and we are going to play as hard as we can.
I'm glad we could use last week and use it as momentum. Being mentally prepared for the game really helps. It was good to make that first one and prepare for the next kick.
On being recognized the first two weeks
I have been recognized before, not always for good reasons. It's always nice to be liked but it doesn't stop here though. It's a long season and with kicking it can change at any time. I have to keep going.
On the Offense Scoring Touchdowns
Even I want them to score touchdowns. I want us to win by 60. But it's really nice to have the confidence of the coach cause it really helps your confidence too while you are out there on the field. Confidence is a huge key for me.
It's a good thing to see but we have a long way to go. It's good we are 2-0 and we only allowed three points and we had a goal line stand. It's nice to see as a defense.
Goal Line stand
Everyone jumped off the bench and was like let's go we have it. We had the opportunity to show ourselves and there was a lot of energy out there.
On the Improved Play of the Defense
I think everyone is having fun. Everyone is buying into the scheme. We are just having fun together.
We need to do the same thing we have been doing since the beginning of this camp and have high energy in practice and go in like we have fire. I think our coach make sure we are on top of our game every week.
- Cameron Richmond tied his career high in receptions with 12 and broke his career-high in receiving yards for the second-straight week with 152.
- Idaho State is 2-0 for the first time since 1999.
- Broc Malcom saw his first action as a Bengal catching five passes for 71 yards.
- Today CJ Reyes returned punts and was the starting punter for the Bengals.
- The Bengals three sacks gave them 10 on the season. ISU had only nine for the entire 2012 season.
- Drew Sharkey recovered his first fumble of his career.