MOSCOW Matt Breida rushed 12 times for 179 yards and two scores, and Georgia Southern pounded out 441 yards and five touchdowns on the ground in a 44-20 victory over Idaho in the Kibbie Dome on Saturday night.
It was the Sun Belt opener for both teams.
Quarterback Kevin Ellison ran for 134 yards and two scores on 13 carries and threw for 105 yards for the Eagles (3-1, 1-0). BJ Johnson caught four passes for 93 yards, and Alex Hanks matched his career-high with three field goals.
“Our offensive line is doing a good job of knocking them back and creating holes. ... We had all three parts of the triple option going tonight,” Georgia Southern coach Willie Fritz said.
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The Eagles held Idaho (1-3, 0-1) to 2-of-12 on third-down conversions, forced two turnovers and blocked a punt.
Matt Linehan completed 20-of-35 passes for 284 yards and two scores for Idaho, and Dezmon Epps caught eight passes for 165 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Elijhaa Penny added 84 yards on the ground. Idaho, which travels to Arkansas State next week, was outgained 568-395.
UNLV 80, IDAHO ST. 8
LAS VEGAS Blake Decker threw two touchdown passes and ran for another and UNLV (1-3) routed the Bengals (1-3) for its first win of the season.
UNLV scored its most points since scoring 63 against Nebraska-Omaha in 1976. The Rebels scored a school-record 11 touchdowns, their most since putting up nine against Prairie View in 1974. It was also the Rebels’ largest margin of victory.
Michael Sanders threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to CJ Hatchett in the second quarter for Idaho State, which was outgained 626-292.
The Bengals play at Cal Poly on Saturday.
MONTANA TECH 29COLLEGE OF IDAHO 21
BUTTE, Mont. Nolan Saraceni rushed 31 times for 179 yards to lead No. 21 Montana Tech to a come-from behind victory over the Yotes.
The Yotes (1-4, 1-3 Frontier) took a 21-19 lead late in the third quarter on an A.J. Martin (Idaho Falls High) touchdown pass to Marcus Lenhardt (Eagle High), but Tech took the lead on a 29-yard Matt Berg field goal and added a Clay Cavender 4-yard touchdown run with five minutes remaining.
C of I had one last gasp, driving to the Orediggers (3-1, 3-1) 15-yard line, but a Teejay Gordon third down pass was deflected and intercepted by Reid Siderius and Tech was able to run out the clock.
Lenhardt had a season-high nine receptions for 111 yards for the Yotes, who next play at Montana State Northern on Oct. 10.
CHALICH WINS FIRST MONTANA START
MISSOULA, Mont. Chad Chalich found Chase Naccarato with a 3-yard touchdown pass with 4:05 remaining, and Montana held off Northern Arizona 23-14 in the Big Sky opener for both schools.
Chalich, a former Coeur d’Alene High and Idaho quarterback, was 29-of-45 for 276 yards passing to lead the Grizzlies (2-2, 1-0). He transferred from Idaho after the 2014 season and saw his first game action last week in relief of the injured Brady Gustafson.