Scores

Final

Montana State 33

(3-2, 1-0 Big Sky)

Idaho State 21

(0-5, 0-2 Big Sky)

3:37 PM ET, October 4, 2008

Holt Arena, Pocatello, ID

1 2 3 4 T
MTST 21 0 9 333
IDST 7 7 0 721

Top Performers

Passing: R. Hill (IDST) - 350 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Crawford (MTST) - 24 CAR, 76 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Blue (IDST) - 5 REC, 56 YDS, 1 TD

Montana St. 33, Idaho St. 21

Associated Press

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MTST
IDST
1st Downs1823
Total Yards358425
Passing187350
Rushing17175
Penalties10-702-20
3rd Down Conversions8-176-17
4th Down Conversions0-12-3
Turnovers13
Possession31:0228:58

Passing Leaders

Montana StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kempt15/211878.910
Idaho StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hill32/493507.121

Rushing Leaders

Montana StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Crawford24763.2112
Kempt11444.0113
Idaho StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cornist15533.5111
Knickrehm9495.4011

Receiving Leaders

Montana StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Green34414.7026
Bostick4399.8019
Idaho StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thompson77711.0027
Taylor8729.0014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMTSTIDST
TD13:27Ken Cornist 7 Yd Run (Jarrett Huk Kick) 07
TD07:20Demetrius Crawford 12 Yd Run (Jason Cunningham Kick) 77
TD04:04Desean Thomas 21 Yd Pass From Cody Kempt (Jason Cunningham Kick) 147
TD00:27Cody Kempt 13 Yd Run (Jason Cunningham Kick) 217
SECOND QUARTERMTSTIDST
TD12:11Kenyon Blue 22 Yd Pass From Russel Hill (Jarrett Huk Kick) 2114
THIRD QUARTERMTSTIDST
TD07:49C.J. Palmer 8 Yd Run (Jason Cunningham Kick) 2814
SF05:52Ball Through End Zone 3014
FOURTH QUARTERMTSTIDST
FG09:38Jason Cunningham 50 Yd 3314
TD07:58Edsel Logan 42 Yd Pass From Russel Hill (Jarrett Huk Kick) 3321