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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 17, 2013 at 8:36 AM

First look: Idaho State (2-0)

First glance: Idaho State Bengals

Coach: Mike Kramer

Record: 5-19 in third season at Idaho State; 82-94 overall in 16th season as head coach, with previous stops at Eastern Washington and Montana State.

Last game: Idaho State, of the Football Championship Subdivision, improved to 2-0 on Saturday with a 29-3 home victory over Western State-Colorado. The Bengals were 1-10 overall in 2012, finishing last in the Big Sky Conference with an 0-8 record.

Series: This is first meeting between the programs.

The line: Huskies opened as 53-point favorites.

Key players:

Quarterback Justin Arias has thrown for an FCS-leading 868 yards in the Bengals’ first two games with four touchdowns and one interception. Receiver Cameron Richmond has 21 catches for 301 yards and one touchdown. Linebacker Mitch Beckstead has a team-high 18 tackles, and defensive back Taison Manu earned FCS freshman All-American honors in 2012. Senior Kimo Makaula, a backup defensive end who began his career with the Huskies before transferring, has four tackles and one sack for the Bengals this season.

By the numbers:

17 — Total points allowed by Idaho State, the fewest of any FCS team through two games.

39.7 — Yards per punt by Idaho State punter CJ Reyes, who – get this — also serves as the Bengals punt returner and backup quarterback. He has one punt return this season for four yards this season; in 2012, he completed 21 of 33 passes for 177 yards and one TD.

18 — Consecutive losses by the Bengals against FBS-level opponents since they defeated Utah State in 2000. Last year, Idaho State lost 73-7 at Nebraska.

Schedule/results:

Idaho State 40, Dixie State 14

Idaho State 29, Western State-Colorado 3

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