POCATELLO, Idaho -- Running back Demetrius Crawford led the way with 24 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown as Montana State beat Idaho State 33-21 in a Big Sky Conference game on Saturday.
The loss dropped the Bengals to 0-5 (0-2 Big Sky), despite quarterback Russel Hill going 32 of 49 for 350 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
The Bengals scored first on Ken Cornist's 7-yard run. But the lead was short lived as Montana State (3-2, 1-0 Big Sky) responded with 21 unanswered points.
The Bobcat defense had five sacks -- three by linebacker Chase Gazzerro -- and one interception and forced two fumbles. Linebacker Bobby Daly had 12 tackles.
Idaho State wide receiver Eddie Thompson had seven catches for 77 yards, giving him a school record 188 receptions.
Montana State's running game, led by Crawford and Oregon transfer quarterback Cody Kempt, gashed the Bengals for 171 yards and three touchdowns. Kempt also went 15 for 21 for 187 yards and one touchdown.
Idaho State cut the deficit to 21-14 mid-way through the second quarter when Hill hit Kenyon Blue with a 22-yard touchdown pass, but that was as close as it would get.
The loss extends Idaho State's losing streak to nine games -- third longest in the FCS behind Columbia and Indiana State.