SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Sophomore running back Josh Barnett
carried 25 times for 122 yards and one touchdown as Idaho State
beat Sacramento State 27-17 on Saturday night.
The Bengals defense recovered five Sacramento State fumbles, as
they recorded their first win in five meetings at Hornet Stadium.
Quarterback Chris Hurd threw 13-for-33 for 150 yards and one
touchdown for the Hornets (2-6, 1-3 Big Sky Conference).
After Idaho State defensive back Quinton Freeman recovered a
Ryan Mole fumble on the Hornets 18 during the kickoff, Jaret
Johnson kicked a 34-yard field goal to opening the scoring for the
Bengals (4-3, 2-2).
Sacramento State kicker Juan Gamboa tied the game with a 24-yard
field goal on the Hornets' next possession.
On an option play, the Bengals regained the lead after Eddie
Thompson gained nine yards running before flipping the football to
Josh Barnett who ran in for a 20-yard TD. Quarterback Luke Sniewski
then threw a 15-yard pass to receiver Shedrack Okoebor for another
Sacramento State had four turnovers -- three fumbles and one
interception -- in the first quarter. Neither team got near the end
zone in the second quarter as the Idaho State led 17-3 at the half.
The Hornets got on the board early in the third when Hurd tossed
a 4-yard pass to McRuben Fleurinord.
Sacramento State was moving the ball well on their next
possession until Idaho State cornerback Anthony Melvin recovered a
fumble by Hurd and ran 53 yards. The Bengals added a 28-yard field
goal by Johnson.
The Hornets made the final score of the game early in the fourth
when defensive back Brandon Smith picked off Sniewski and returned
it for a 55-yard TD, but it wasn't enough to close the gap.