Idaho State’s four-game road swing, which took the Bengals to Boise, Las Vegas and San Luis Obispo, Calif., comes to a merciful end Saturday in Grand Forks, N.D.
The Bengals have lost by a combined 190-34 in their past three games, and it doesn’t get any easier with their noon MT kickoff at No. 23 North Dakota (4-1 overall, 2-0 Big Sky). North Dakota has the top defense in the conference, allowing 21.2 points per game, helping an offense that musters 20.8 ppg. Idaho State (1-4, 0-2) had 474 yards of offense last week in a 58-26 loss at Cal Poly, but yielded 605.
“We are not good enough defensively,” Idaho State coach Mike Kramer said after the loss. “We are out-manned and we are going to be out-manned because three guys we penciled in as starters are not going to play (because of injuries). I am going to say it every week until the season gets over with.”