POCATELLO, Idaho -- Justin Arias threw for 436 yards, tossed two touchdown passes and ran for a score to lead Idaho State to a 29-3 win over Western State on Saturday.
After amassing 439 yards passing for the Bengals (2-0) last week against Dixie State, Arias has now thrown for over 400 yards in each of Idaho State's two games this season.
Trailing 13-3 early in the third quarter, Western State (0-2) had a chance to cut the lead to single digits when Kalvin Winter recovered a fumble at the Idaho State 3-yard line. But the Mountaineers failed to score after a fourth-down pass by Brett Arrivey was broken up.
Arias then led Idaho State on a 12-play, 99-yard scoring drive, culminating with a three-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Wright to extend the Bengals' lead to 20-3.
Cameron Richmond was Arias' favorite target, hauling in 12 receptions for 152 yards and a touchdown.
The Sooners will lean on their leader, quarterback Baker Mayfield, to try to make it back to the College Football Playoff in 2016.
Arizona State's talented defense has upper-echelon potential, especially along the line, but its high-risk style at times leaves it exposed.
Vanderbilt's bowl hopes likely require a fast start to the season, making the matchup against Georgia Tech cruical for Derek Mason's squad.
Penn State's James Franklin hopes that his offseason additions arrive with a more permanent feel for his staff and his program.
Fueled by the feel-good story of cancer survivor RB James Conner, the Panthers would love to pull off a feel-good win over in-state rival Penn State.
Wisconsin plans to use its speedy new weapon, four-star prospect A.J. Taylor, as a wide receiver when he arrives on campus this summer.
|Western New Mexico||3-6||4-7|
|New Mexico Highlands||2-7||2-9|
|Black Hills State||0-9||0-11|