POCATELLO, Idaho (AP)-- Idaho State kicker Jaret Johnson drilled
a 54-yard field goal with one second left, to give the Bengals a
36-34 win over Portland State on Saturday.
The team said it was the longest game-winning field goal in
Idaho State history.
Portland State's Matt Azorr hit a field goal to make it 34-33
with 23 seconds left, but it didn't hold.
There were six lead changes in the game, five of them in the
Idaho State trailed early the fourth quarter 24-21, but Bengal
quarterback Matt Hagler scored from a yard out on the opening play
of the fourth quarter to give Idaho State a 28-24 lead.
Then, on Portland State's first play from scrimmage, Viking
quarterback Sawyer Smith's pitch rolled into the end zone, where
Joe Rubin picked it up and ran out of the back of the end zone for
a safety, giving Idaho State nine points in 12 seconds.
Portland State recaptured the lead with 7:31 to go when Smith
found Shaun Bodiford from nine yards out for a 31-30 lead.
On the next drive, the Bengals caught a break when Josh Barnett
fumbled a pass from Eddie Thompson, and the ball bounced right back
to him. He raced 61 yards deep into Viking territory.
Idaho State couldn't get in the end zone, and Johnson hit a
24-yard field goal with 5:28 left, making it 33-31.
The Bengal offense totaled 371 yards, including 204 on the
ground, led by Josh Barnett's 123-yard effort.
Idaho State got two touchdowns from redshirt freshman Ken
Cornist, one on a 9-yard pass and one on a 2-yard run.
Rubin had 113 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries for
Portland State. Quarterback Sawyer Smith threw for 201 yards.
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