Yost shines but Idaho St. falls to Air Force 49-21
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP)
Kevin Yost was 41 of 52 for 355 yards passing and two touchdowns, and Josh Hill had 55 yards receiving and two scores, but Idaho State fell to the Falcons 49-21 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
It was Idaho State's 33rd straight road loss dating back to 2006. Their last road win came against Northern Colorado on Oct. 7, 2006.
The Bengals' next away game is at Nebraska in three weeks, and ending the streak in Lincoln will be a tall task.
''We have a lot of mountains to climb that have nothing to do with who we play in the next week or the next month,'' coach Mike Kramer said.
If the Bengals can duplicate their offensive output in Saturday's second half, the streak might end this year. Idaho State, held in check for most of the first half, responded with 75-yard touchdown drives on its first three possessions of the second half. Yost threw scoring strikes of 5 and 9 yards to Hill, and Xavier Finney scored from the 2 to keep the Bengals within reach.
''In the second half we finished, and the first half we couldn't break through on third down,'' Yost said. ''The second half we did a great job of finishing.''
They couldn't find the formula to stop Air Force's offense. Cody Getz ran for 218 yards and three touchdowns, and quarterback Connor Dietz rushed for 74 and a score and had 142 yards passing.
Air Force tuned up against the Bengals, a Football Championship Subdivision program, before next week's game against No. 8 Michigan in Ann Arbor. The Falcons ran for 490 yards, with 303 of those coming before halftime.
Getz had 151 of those on his way to becoming the first Air Force player to rush for more than 200 yards since Chad Hall had 275 against Army on Nov. 3, 2007.
''Their perimeter blocking was shocking to our guys because we haven't seen that blocking at our level,'' Kramer said.
Idaho State had a chance to go ahead after Parker Herrington missed a 43-yard field goal at the end of the Falcons' first drive. Yost drove the Bengals to the Air Force 14, but on third-and-10 he was sacked by Jared Jones.
Brendon Garcia then missed a 39-yard field goal attempt that would have given the Bengals the lead.
''You cannot miss a field goal. For our kicker, that's point blank and we've got to make sure we convert that,'' Kramer said.
The Falcons took over after that. Getz scored on fourth-and-2 from the 9 to put the Falcons ahead 7-0 late in the first quarter.
He added scoring runs of 63 and 41 yards in the second quarter, and Lee scored from 14 yards out late in the half to put Air Force ahead 28-0.
After Yost's first touchdown pass, DeWitt answered with a 7-yard run to put Air Force ahead 35-7. Dietz ran 49 yards to make it 42-14, and Colton Huntsman capped the scoring with a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter.