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POCATELLO, Idaho- Rodrick Rumble became the top receiver in Idaho State football history as he set the career record for receptions after his eight catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-14 loss to end the 2012 season against Weber State on Saturday afternoon at Holt Arena.
Rumble finished his career with 223 receptions, passing Eddie Thompson's 219 receptions he had from 2005-08. Last week Rumble broke the Idaho State career record for receiving yards and the Bengal senior finished his career with 2,863 yards.
Kevin Yost finished his career with his 11th 300 yard passing game or greater as he passed for 306 yards and two touchdowns. He finished his career with 649 completions, ranked third all-time in Idaho State history. He also finished third on the all-time Bengal career list in attempts and passing yards as he had 6,663 passing yards and 1,046 passing attempts.
For the game, the Bengals had 307 yards of total offense while Weber State had 525 yards. Trevor Spence and Taison Manu each had 11 tackles while senior Ethan Monroe had nine tackles.
Weber State led 27-0 at halftime. The Bengals came out and scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to come within 13 points at 27-14 at the end of the third quarter. The first touchdown was an 81-yard Yost to Rumble receptions with 13:43 left in the third quarter. The play tied for the longest offensive play since the 2007 season. Rumble then scored on a 33-yard reception with one second left in the third.
Weber State countered by scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Mike Kramer Quotes
"I'm pretty fond of that team. We fought as hard as we could, but we could not sustain effort throughout the night. But certain times of the ball game I thought we played exceptionally well. Weber was able to sustain a running game and we did what we have done for the last two years bend in the running game. I'm proud of a great group of seniors that hung together through some arduous circumstances some of them self-imposed and some of them certainly not of their doing. I'm proud of all of the seniors who have weathered the storm and have gone through their career at Idaho State. I hope those guys are headed to great occupations and I know they will all be great fathers. I'm extremely happy with how hard we played and how hard we tried. I've had a few of these teams in my career and they don't all try as hard as this team did. To that the kids deserve credit and the senior class deserves the credit. For the next phase it's upward and on ward but tonight is still the senior's. I thought they handled themselves extremely well, even with limited physical abilities due to injuries. I wish the seniors all the very best."
About Rodrick Rumble and Kevin Yost
What Rodrick Rumble has become is an icon at Idaho State. He was aided by ten other guys on offense, including a quarterback who threw more passes, and completed more passes in a single season than any other quarterback that has ever played in this conference. I think both of those accomplishments this season will stand the test of time in terms of being great singular accomplishments. I think these two guys would trade all of the catches, all of the throws and all of the yards for as many wins as we could give them. Unfortunately, we were unable to do that, not because they did not fail to perform. I am very proud of these two guys."
About the Growth of the Offense
"I think if you did a study on our offense the last two years under Don Bailey, we have risen from the ashes to become a quality football team. The inverse is on defense. We have fallen off the map defensively and that has over shadowed the offensive effort. I'm happy for what these guys did. It shows the importance of a team rather than an individual accolade. Individual accomplishments are far shadowed by how these guys feel about the team."
"He is extremely tough. We didn't always pass protect for him and he is upright and not heading for surgery. A lot of quarterback who have taken as many hits as Kevin has, in two years, would not be looking like he is tonight. Rodrick came into the season hobbled. It took a long time for him to get up and going. To get Rodrick back it gave us a renewed since on attack."
On the Team's Effort
"I could not be prouder of the football team, down 27 to nothing. They come out in the third quarter and go the length of the field and score on a third and forever. Again, I'm extremely proud of these guys. I will always think of them fondly. Future championship and future opportunities this school will have is based off of the struggles these guys have shouldered through. Mark Campton, Josh Hill, Brennan Ghassemieh, I can't name them all at this time but I'm desperately found of them. I wish these guys the very best."
Describe this season in one word
"Wonderful because when you have an association with 90 guys, that is second to none. You have a mission, that may not have been accomplished, but we jumped out and played together. We jumped together, we fell together, and we landed together. We fought as hard as we could together and that's why I say it's wonderful. Our locker room is a united group of young men that maybe did not win games but they did a lot of other things very well. I believe that it is all uphill because we are back to 63 scholarships. We were coaching on the very last play as hard as we were coaching the first day in practice. They are guys out there that are learning on the job. There are a lot of positives and a wonderful experience, I hope, for all of those players. It was certainly for me and my family."
On Leki Fuapau
"The story of Leki's perseverance mirrors the perseverance of Rodrick and Kevin. The perseverance of this football team is a hidden gem. I do not have enough words to share how much this season meant to me."
- The 81-yard touchdown pass to Rodrick Rumble tied for the longest offensive play since the 2007 season. Russel Hill threw an 81-yard touchdown pass to Jaron Taylor against Cal Poly in 2007.
- Rodrick Rumble set the school record for most receptions on a five-yard reception in the third quarter. He finished his career with 223 receptions.
- Anthony Boyles, Clint Brock, Mark Clampitt, Leki Fuapau, Brenan Ghassemieh, Donovan Henley, Josh Hill, Erik Jacobson, Ethan Monroe, Phil Pleasant, Jake Rouser, Rodrick Rumble, Justin Vae'ena, John van Vliet, Isaiah Walker and Kevin Yost all played their final game as a Bengal and were honored before the start of the game.
- Idaho State finished the season averaging 20.7 points. The offense has improved the last four years as it averaged 12.9 points in 2009, 15.6 points in 2010, 18.5 points in 2011 and 20.7 in 2012.