State Colleges

College of Idaho football’s brutal schedule continues

The Yotes take on their fourth straight ranked opponent and their eighth this season at noon Saturday (96.5 FM/730 AM) when they travel to No. 7 Montana Tech.

The Orediggers (7-1, 7-1 Frontier Conference) stand atop the conference standings with two weeks left, and they own the league’s top offense (42.3 points per game) and top defense (16.8).

The College of Idaho (3-6, 2-6) has become more of a threat on the ground since starting freshman Darius-James Peterson at quarterback. He’s run for 100 or more yards in back-to-back games, and the Yotes have topped 200 yards rushing in both games.

But Montana Tech holds opponents to 86.6 rushing yards per game, third fewest in the NAIA.

Safety Nate Moore (Mountain View High) continues to lead the Yotes’ defense, racking up 12 tackles in last week’s 48-14 loss to No. 11 Eastern Oregon. He has 91 tackles on the year, the most in the College of Idaho’s recorded history, and he ranks 11th nationally at 10.1 tackles per game.

Montana Tech plays at Alumni Coliseum in Butte, Mont., which is the seventh highest stadium in college football at 5,538 feet.

Michael Lycklama: 208-377-6424, @MichaelLycklama