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ISU welcomes unsettled Montana for homecoming
By Journal Staff

Not only did the Idaho State football team produce its best victory of the season on Saturday, edging Montana State 23-17 in Bozeman, it may have uncovered a taste of what's to come.

In their homecoming game Saturday (2:05 p.m. at Holt Arena), the Bengals (4-2, 2-1 Big Sky) face a Montana team (5-1, 1-0) that is currently much like its in-state counterpart.


Like the Bobcats, the Griz own a sturdy defense, impeccable special teams and an offense struggling to find itself.

The Griz beat Weber State, 12-7, behind four Chris Snyder field goals, Saturday.

In doing so, they furthered the notion that Montana is winning in spite of its offense.

Because of its defense and a resolve unique to a Griz program that owns 10 straight I-AA playoff appearances, Montana can never be taken lightly.

But, things are somewhat unsettling in the first year under coach Bobby Hauck.

New starting quarterback Craig Ochs, the transfer from Colorado, owns a single touchdown pass in his two starts for Montana, and the Griz have drawn criticism for their inability to pass effectively.

Meanwhile, the Bengals suddenly appear to be working on all fronts.

The offense is putting up yards and touchdowns, while limiting turnovers. The special teams is making plays and winning the field position battle. And, in its last six quarters, the Idaho State defense reached the point it cannot be considered the pushover it was earlier this season.


In their past two meetings with Montana, the Bengals have lost both games by a total of eight points.

Considering the Griz are unlikely to wilt no matter what their offensive woes, the Bengals figure to be in for another close game with Montana.

Only this time, Idaho State is the team with fewer question marks.

When was the last time you could say that entering an ISU-UM game?


OFFENSE

Against the best defense the Big Sky has to offer, Idaho State jumped to a 20-3 halftime lead. Major credit goes to the offensive line and running backs, which rolled up 182 yards rushing and didn't fumble the ball. On a day when he completed only 13 passes, Mark Hetherington made them count; three went for touchdowns.


Grade: A

DEFENSE

Played its best game of the season in allowing 307 yards - 209 below their average and fewer than the highly-regarded MSU defense allowed ISU (331). Last year, Montana State's scrambling quarterback Travis Lulay got free for 60 yards. This time around, Bengals limited him to 4 yards. Jared Allen registered two more sacks, giving him nine and putting him on pace to register a school-record 18.

Grade: A

SPECIAL TEAMS

Atari Callen's fumble recovery on an MSU punt return led to a touchdown and swung the game Idaho State's way early on. Punter Kyle McQuown averaged a sensational 49 yards per punt on eight punts. Best of all, Idaho State limited the Bobcats to 13 kick/punt return yards (0 on kickoffs).

Grade: A

COACHING


After a series of slow starts, Idaho State got off to its best start of the season, and, for the most part, sustained the effort throughout. Kudos for controlling the game with the rush (40 attempts) and for getting the ball to Emery Beckles and Atari Callen; the two starting defensive backs produced 106 yards of offense. Clearly, coaches have this team pointed in right direction. One nagging issue: 266 yards of penalties in last two games.

Grade: A
 
266 yards in penalties in 2 games and coaching gets an A??????
maybe they could have knocked them down to an A- or something :lol:
 
New starting quarterback Craig Ochs, the transfer from Colorado, owns a single touchdown pass in his two starts for Montana, and the Griz have drawn criticism for their inability to pass effectively.

I guess I missed a game somewhere, where did Ochs get his second start?
 
Typical ISU fan crap (and I'm a Bengal fan). Any time they win a game, everyone gets 'A's. Pisses me off. No one is the least bit objective. Please ignore most posts and sources of news coming from anywhere near East Idaho cuz most of it is feel good crap. It's embarrassing and exactly the reason they'll never be consistently great, cuz no one expects it.
-Brettster
 
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