Cooper Kupp caught two touchdowns, threw for one and returned a punt for a score as No. 8 Eastern Washington handled Idaho State 45-28 on Saturday.
Kupp, who came into the game as the leading receiver in FCS, caught 14 passes for 161 yards. He caught three TD passes against Idaho State last year. His 24-yard pass to quarterback Jordan West tied the game at 7-7 early in the first quarter. A field goal and a Todd Raynes interception return in the second quarter gave Eastern (4-2, 3-0 Big Sky) the lead for good.
“I thought we played outstanding defense throughout the day,” ISU coach Mike Kramer said. “They threw two passes against us that they shouldn’t have been able to throw into double coverage, and the kids still made the plays. They’ve been doing that for a long time, and I wish him the best of luck in the NFL.”
Xavier Finney rushed for 107 yards and a score for the Bengals (2-5, 1-3), and Madison Mangum (Timberline High) had two TD receptions to put him into a tie for sixth on the school’s career list (18).
Smith inducted into Ring of Honor
Evan Smith became the 18th member of Idaho State’s Ring of Honor when he was inducted at halftime. Smith, now a center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is the ninth football player to receive the honor, joining Ed Bell, Babe Caccia, Case deBruijn, Merril Hoge, Milton ‘Dubby’ Holt, Tom Jewell, Mike Machurek and Jared Allen.
Following his 2004 redshirt season, Smith started 10 games at left guard. By 2006 he had established himself as the starter and never relinquished the spot in his final three years, ending his career with 36 straight starts. Although Smith went undrafted, he signed a contract in 2009 with the Green Bay Packers. Smith ended the 2010 season with a championship ring when Green Bay defeated Pittsburgh 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV.