The Bengals started the season on the right foot with a 40-14 win over Dixie State last Saturday, and can better their 2012 win total with a victory Saturday over Western State.
Facing a Division II opponent for the second straight week, Idaho State can start the season 2-0 for the first time since 1999 with a win over the Mountaineers at Holt Arena. The Bengals, who went 1-10 last season, have won more than two games in a season once since 2007.
Western State based in Gunnison, Colo. opened its season with a 48-21 loss to West Texas A&M, the No. 4 team in Division II, allowing 474 passing yards. Idaho State leads the all-time series against Western State, with a 19-7-1 mark, including a 44-7 win in 2011.
Bengals quarterback Justin Arias will seek to continue his hot start he racked up 466 total yards against Dixie State in his first career start, the sixth-best total in school history. Arias was 29-of-45 passing for 439 yards and rushed for 27 more.
After a 2012 season in which the defense gave up 53.8 points per game and had nine sacks all season, the Bengals showed some improvement against Dixie State. They yielded 256 total yards (tied for fourth-fewest allowed since 2010) and had seven sacks in the win.
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