Scores

Final

Portland State 20

(2-5, 2-2 Big Sky)

Idaho State 38

(3-4, 2-3 Big Sky)

5:05 PM ET, October 20, 2007

Holt Arena, Pocatello, ID

1 2 3 4 T
PRST 3 10 0 720
IDST 0 3 28 738

Top Performers

Passing: B. White (PRST) - 200 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Barnett (IDST) - 18 CAR, 139 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Taylor (IDST) - 5 REC, 66 YDS, 1 TD

Idaho St. 38, Portland St. 20

Associated Press

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) -- A 28-point third-quarter burst -- including two long fumble returns for touchdowns -- gave Idaho State a 38-20 win over Portland State on Saturday.

Trailing 10-3 after halftime, ISU defensive tackle Micah Cloward picked up a fumble and ran it 65 yards for a touchdown less than four minutes into the third quarter.

Two-and-a-half minutes later, Bengal linebacker Sterling Mennear picked up another fumble and ran it in 76 yards to give ISU a 17-10 lead.

The game's first offensive touchdown was a 10-yard pass from ISU quarterback Russel Hill to wide receiver Jaron Taylor with 4 minutes left in the third.

The last score of the quarter was a 2-yard run by ISU fullback Clint Knickrehm.

Although Portland State (2-5, 2-2 Big Sky) gained 409 yards of total offense, the ISU (3-4, 2-3) defense recorded nine sacks and forced six turnovers, including five fumble recoveries and one interception.

The Vikings scored their only offensive touchdown -- a 14-yard pass from Drew Hubel to wider receiver Marcel Thompson -- with 3 minutes left in the game.

PSU's other touchdown was scored on a 30-yard interception return by linebacker KJ McCrae in the first quarter.

Bengals cornerback D.J. Clark had an end-zone interception that thwarted a Viking fourth-quarter drive.

ISU senior running back Josh Barnett became the Bengals' all-time leader in rushing attempts with 598 in his career. The previous record of 591 was held by Merril Hoge (1983-86).

Barnett, who had 18 carries for 139 yards and one touchdown, now needs 294 yards to become ISU's all-time rushing yards leader.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PRST
IDST
1st Downs2917
Total Yards409306
Passing274138
Rushing135168
Penalties4-356-49
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers63
Possession31:5128:09

Passing Leaders

Portland StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
White15/312006.501
Idaho StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hill11/211386.613

Rushing Leaders

Portland StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sobomehin251435.700
Faavae111.000
Idaho StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Barnett181397.710
Cornist9333.700

Receiving Leaders

Portland StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kirkland68414.000
Smith13838.000
Idaho StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Taylor56613.210
Logan33712.300

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPRSTIDST
FG04:13Danny Urrego 22 Yd 30
TD02:53Kj Mccrae 30 Yd Interception Return (Danny Urrego Kick) 100
SECOND QUARTERPRSTIDST
FG06:18Danny Urrego 19 Yd 130
FG00:11Dan Zeidman 37 Yd 133
THIRD QUARTERPRSTIDST
TD11:40Micah Cloward 65 Yd Fumble Return (Branden Jones Kick) 1310
TD09:02Sterling Mennear 76 Yd Fumble Return (Branden Jones Kick) 1317
TD04:00Jaron Taylor 10 Yd Pass From Russel Hill (Branden Jones Kick) 1324
TD00:56Clint Knickrehm 2 Yd Run (Branden Jones Kick) 1331
FOURTH QUARTERPRSTIDST
TD11:21Josh Barnett 65 Yd Run (Branden Jones Kick) 1338
TD02:35Marcel Thompson 14 Yd Pass From Drew Hubel (Danny Urrego Kick) 2038