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College of Idaho drops football opener; Idaho State wins

College of Idaho running back Mike Kirby, right, dives past Montana Western defensive back Jay Owens into the end zone for a touchdown in an NAIA football game Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, at Simplot Stadium in Caldwell.
College of Idaho running back Mike Kirby, right, dives past Montana Western defensive back Jay Owens into the end zone for a touchdown in an NAIA football game Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, at Simplot Stadium in Caldwell. Provided by College of Idaho

The Yotes re-launched their dormant football program two years ago, and promptly won their season openers in 2014 and 2015. Not this year.

Montana Western took advantage of multiple short-field opportunities and beat the College of Idaho 26-13 on Saturday at Simplot Stadium.

The Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0 Frontier Conference) started five possessions inside C of I territory — scoring 24 of their 26 points, including consecutive TDs early in the third quarter.

The Yotes (0-1, 0-1) opened quickly, driving 63 yards on 10 plays as Mike Kirby (Centennial High) grabbed an 8-yard pass from new quarterback Tyler Cox (Boise High) for a 7-0 lead.

Sam Rutherford rushed for 83 yards and a TD as Montana Western scored 26 straight.

The Yotes tried to battle back, driving 80 yards in 13 plays midway through the fourth quarter, with Darius-James Peterson scoring from three yards out.

C of I limited Montana Western to 234 yards of total offense, including 99 yards on the ground. Malik Whitfield (Mountain Home High) had an interception, while the Coyotes had three sacks.

Colby Brown had 63 yards on 11 carries, with Cox going 23-of-34 for 186 yards, a score and three interceptions. Marcus Lenhardt (Eagle High) and Turner Simmons (Bishop Kelly) each had five receptions — but the longest went for 15 yards.

The Yotes return to action at 8 p.m. next Saturday against Willamette in Salem, Ore.

IDAHO STATE 47, SIMON FRASER 3

Tanner Gueller passed for a career-best 338 yards and three touchdowns to help the Bengals beat Division II Simon Fraser in Holt Arena. The Clan have lost 14 straight games.

KW Williams had four receptions for 121 yards and a career-high tying two touchdowns, and Jakori Ford added 68 yards rushing and a score. Gueller hit Williams with scoring strikes of 37 and 63 yards.

The Bengals hit Pac-12 country for their next two games: at Colorado (next Saturday) and at Oregon State (Sept. 17).

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