The Yotes look to snap a four-game losing streak this fall and a five-game skid against Southern Oregon when they host the Raiders at 1 p.m. Saturday (96.5 FM/730 AM).
The College of Idaho (2-5, 1-5 Frontier) nearly knocked off No. 17 Southern Oregon (4-3, 4-2), the 2014 NAIA champion and 2015 national runner-up, three weeks ago in Ashland, Ore. The Yotes forced three fourth-quarter turnovers and cut their deficit to 31-27 before a last-second Hail Mary fell incomplete.
The Yotes are coming off a 30-20 loss at Montana Western, where two first-quarter interceptions created a hole too deep to crawl out of.
Junior tight end Marcus Lenhardt (Eagle High) hauled in eight passes for 140 yards in the loss. It was the sixth 100-yard game of Lenhardt’s career, and he leads the Frontier Conference with 582 receiving yards.
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Lenhardt needs seven catches in the final four games to set the school record for receptions in a season at 49.
Sophomore quarterback Tyler Cox (Boise High) continues to lead the C of I offense. He’s completed 59.9 percent of his passes for 1,379 yards, seven TDs and 11 interceptions. He also leads the team in rushing with 290 yards.