Filling in for injured starter Darius Peterson, who set a single-season rushing record this year for College of Idaho quarterbacks, Tyler Cox passed for a career-high 320 yards and tied a school record with four touchdown tosses to fuel a 45-22 victory over Montana State-Northern in Caldwell.
The Yotes (6-5, 6-4 Frontier Conference) closed the season with three straight wins, the last two at Simplot Stadium, to reach the six-victory plateau for the first time since 1959 and compile their first winning season since 1969.
Cox, a Boise High School product, threw three of his TD passes in the first half to stake C of I to a 28-16 lead. On the day he had scoring strikes of 34 yards to Wes Fitzpatrick, 15 yards to Keegan Crafton, 52 yards to Ben Hruby and 31 yards to Shayne Robinson. Fitzpatrick led the receiving corps with 115 yards on four receptions, and Robinson had 80 yards on five catches.
Cox also rushed for 123 yards on just 15 carries to lead the Yotes’ ground attack against the Polar Bears (1-10, 0-10), and Nik Lyons had an exciting 72-yard punt return for a score. C of I had 561 yards of offense.