Cooke, Hays lead Idaho State to a 38-24 win over Portland State

Updated Oct. 21, 2023 8:50 p.m. ET

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jordan Cooke threw for one touchdown and ran for a second in the first quarter and Hunter Hays ran for two more as Idaho State posted a 38-24 Big Sky Conference win over Portland State on Saturday.

Cooke capped a nine-play, 81-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run five minutes into the game, then added a 12-yard toss to Chedon James for a 14-0 Bengals lead midway through the first quarter. The Vikings rallied to tie the game at 14 midway through the second quarter on a short run by Andrew Van Buren and Dante Chachere's 30-yard touchdown pass to Marquis Spiker.

Hays scored from the 1 and Aiden Taylor added a 3-yard touchdown run with :46 left in the first half to give the Bengals a 28-17 lead at intermission. Chachere scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter to pull Portland State within four, 28-24, but Hays broke a 37-yard touchdown run to start the fourth quarter and Thomas Kopcho hit a 22-yard field goal to complete the scoring.

Cooke was 16 of 25 for 259 yards and Hays was 5 of 7 for another 38 to lead Idaho State (3-4, 3-1). Hays led the ground game with 93 yards on 10 carries. Alfred Jordan Jr. had five catches for 133 yards.


Chachere was 25 of 39 for 218 yards and threw an interception. Spiker had six catches for 112 yards.


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