Nick Calzaretta rushed for 162 yards and five touchdowns, tying a school record, as The College of Idaho earned its first five-win season since 1969 with a 64-35 win over No. 17 Montana Tech at Simplot Stadium in Caldwell on Saturday afternoon.
The Yotes (5-5, 5-4 Frontier Conference ) piled up 641 yards of total offense and their scoring output was the best since C of I scored 67 against Whitman College in 1961. Calzaretta’s longest touchdown run came from 68 yards out in the fourth quarter, and C of I totaled 388 yards on the ground, with QB Darius Peterson rushing for 92 and three touchdowns.
Tech (6-3, 6-3) lost for the third time in four games. It played without quarterback Quinn McQueary, and leading rusher Jed Fike was injured on the Orediggers first series and did not return.
UC Davis 56, Idaho State 17 in Pocatello: Jake Maier threw for 358 yards and three touchdowns, and Justin Williams ran for 92 yards and two scores as the Aggies crushed the Bengals.
UC Davis (5-4, 3-3 Big Sky) took control with a 21-point first quarter, including 36-yard and 41-yard TD passes from Maier.
Idaho State (4-6, 2-5) cut the lead to 21-7 in the second quarter and was within 28-17 on Ty Flanagan’s second touchdown run of the game, but the Aggies stormed away from there.
Flanagan rushed for 77 yards on 16 carries.
Simis leads Montana in Missoula: Capital High school product Makena Simis rushed for 101 yards on 19 carries after stepping in at quarterback, and Jerry Louie-McGee had a 48-yard punt return for a TD to help Montana to a 17-15 win over No. 16 Northern Arizona (6-3, 5-1 Big Sky), snapping the Lumberjacks’ six-game winning streak.
Simis, a redshirt senior, moved from quarterback to receiver after the 2015 season. He came into the week as the backup QB and entered the game after the first drive, with starter Gresch Jensen unable to go. Simis was just 6-of-15 passing, with one interception, but did his damage on the ground.
Montana (6-3, 4-2) kept alive its FCS playoff hopes.