A much-needed road victory last week at then-No. 23 North Dakota has provided a boost for the Bengals as they host the Big Sky’s best, No. 8 Eastern Washington, at 2:35 p.m. Saturday.
Idaho State (2-4, 1-2 Big Sky) scored the final 22 points of its 37-31 win in Grand Forks, N.D. It ended a four-game losing streak, as the Bengals racked up 427 passing yards for their first road win over a ranked team in 12 years.
“This means a lot for this team in that they can believe in what we are doing offensively and defensively,” Idaho State coach Mike Kramer said. “We have a variety of weapons on offense and we are proud of what we accomplished. Defensively we are establishing the same heritage.”
The Eagles (3-2, 2-0) once again have one of the best offenses in the nation, averaging 546 yards per game, led by senior receiver Cooper Kupp (50 catches, 780 yards, 10 TDs). Eastern Washington is giving up 557 yards per game, so perhaps a game akin to last season’s 56-53 shootout is in store.
The Bengals play three of their next four games at home: Eastern Washington, Montana (Nov. 7) and Montana State (Nov. 14).