ISU football: Phillips tabbed as third-team All-American

By Madison Guernsey

Idaho State offensive lineman Skyler Phillips was named a third-team Associated Press (AP) FCS All-America selection, announced Tuesday. The redshirt senior is the first Idaho State All-America pick since Justin Arias and Madison Mangum in 2014, and the school’s first AP All-American since Josh Hill in 2012.

Phillips played all over the Bengals’ offensive line in his five-year career. He anchored right guard in 2017, earning first-team all-Big Sky Conference honors.

Phillips started 44 games in his ISU career. He was part of an offensive line in 2014 that propelled the Bengals to an 8-4 record and multiple offensive milestones. He blocked for quarterbacks Arias and Tanner Gueller, who both rank highly in the school’s record books, and paved the way for the Bengals’ all-time leading rusher, tailback Xavier Finney.

Phillips also accepted an invitation to play in the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl, which showcases college football’s top seniors with NFL draft aspirations. The game is Jan. 27, 2018 at Ladd-Peebels Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.

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ISU football: Backup QB Kvinsland to transfer; TE Page retiring from football

By Madison Guernsey

Idaho State redshirt sophomore quarterback Robert Kvinsland announced his intent to transfer Monday on Twitter. The three-year Bengal said he will attend Carroll College in Helena, Montana, on a scholarship.

Kvinsland completed 1 of 3 passes for 10 yards in his ISU career. He was the team’s No. 2 quarterback in 2016, but got bumped down the depth chart in 2017. He held kicks this past season, failing his lone two-point conversion pass.

Carroll College is an NAIA program that went 4-6 in 2017.

“I’m transferring at this point in my career because I only have two years left of eligibility and we have a very good starting QB here at ISU who will end up being a four-year starter and still has another year of eligibility,” Kvinsland told “I wanted an opportunity to compete for a starting job my last two seasons.”

Idaho State’s remaining quarterbacks are starter Tanner Gueller, and backups Gunnar Amos, Mike Goggin, Drew Cash and Anthony Posada. The latter three have never played in a college game.

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Bengals in the NFL: Josh Hill catches 2 passes in Saints’ loss

By Journal Staff

Throughout the NFL season, we’ll check in with former Idaho State football players currently in the NFL. Here’s an update after the 14th week of the regular season.

Josh Hill (2009-12)

New Orleans Saints

Hill caught two passes for 14 yards in New Orleans’ 20-17 loss Thursday at the Atlanta Falcons. Hill did not start the game, but appeared in his 13th game this season.

Hill has 12 receptions for 84 yards and one touchdown this season.

New Orleans (9-4) hosts the New York Jets on Sunday.

Dirk Koetter (1977, 79-81) and Evan Smith (2004-08)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Matt Prater connected on a 46-yard field goal in the closing seconds Sunday, helping the Detroit Lions remain in playoff contention with a 24-21 victory over Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have now lost eight of their last 10 games.

Smith started in the loss, his third start of the season. He has also appeared in 12 games.

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ISU MBB: Bengals survive 24 turnovers in win against scrappy NNU squad

By Madison Guernsey

POCATELLO — In a game that featured Idaho State at its best in some areas and its worst in others, the Bengals’ size advantage trumped their sloppiness and yielded a 73-57 win over Northwest Nazarene on Saturday at Holt Arena.

ISU (3-5) committed a season-high 24 turnovers and shot a season-low 26.7 percent from 3-point range. The Bengals also pulled down a season-high 51 rebounds, blocked a season-high six shots and held the Crusaders to 26.5 percent shooting. ISU post Kyle Ingram set season highs in points (10), rebounds (10), blocks (two), shots made (five), shots attempted (nine) and minutes played (32), and dominated the post against an outsized NNU squad with 7-foot center Novak Topalovic.

The Crusaders (6-2), an NCAA Division II team from Nampa, didn’t feature a player taller than 6-foot-5 in their starting lineup. ISU had three with Topalovic, Ingram and Jared Stutzman.

The result was a significant rebounding advantage for the Bengals (51-27), and a focus on scoring from in close. Idaho State scored 38 points in the paint to NNU’s 12, and the team’s’ 51 rebounds are its most since tallying 52 in 2002 against UTSA.

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Free Movie & Trailer Party at ISU Sunday

This Sunday, Dec. 10, it’s free movie night at ISU’s Bengal Theater, with Sundance Film Festival winner, “Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance” showing at 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. Dream Alliance is a working class horse who was trained as a race horse by a group of average folks in a small Welsh town, and who went on to challenge for regional and national titles.  All are welcome to attend.  For more information and trailer, go to
Between showings of “Dark Horse” the Pocatello Film Society will be hosting a “Trailer Party Potluck” at 6:00 p.m.  at the Bengal Theater, where people can watch several trailers of potential films for next semester and help choose which ones will be shown. Bring a dish or dessert to share if you’re attending the potluck.  All are welcome to attend either or both events.
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ISU MBB: Bengals hope to keep momentum in matchup with Northwest Nazarene

By Madison Guernsey

Idaho State (2-5) snapped its 14-game losing streak and earned its first Division I victory of the season in its last two games — the first half of a much-needed four-game homestand.

The Bengals played four of their first five games on the road, losing to two Pac-12 opponents. ISU defeated Bethesda 92-71 on Dec. 1 to snap its lengthy losing streak and beat Cal State Northridge (CSUN) 74-66 on Wednesday to notch a Division I win.

Idaho State looks to keep its momentum Saturday against Northwest Nazarene (6-2) at Holt Arena. Here are the notables for the matchup, which is the sixth in the teams’ histories.


ISU rallied from a 35-30 halftime deficit to beat CSUN 74-66. The Bengals shot 55.6 percent in the second half after struggling to a 29 percent effort in the opening frame.

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ISU WBB: Blair, Tapasa lead Bengals past Hawaii in overtime

By Journal staff

Brooke Blair and Sai Tapasa carried Idaho State to a 64-62 overtime win Friday at Hawaii.

Blair scored a team-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Tapasa was 7 of 11 from the floor for a career-high 17 points.

Tapasa scored the first basket of overtime before Blair scored the next four points, with the last two coming off a drive initiated by a dribble handoff to put the Bengals ahead 58-52 midway through the five-minute overtime.

The Bengals (6-3), who never relinquished their lead, pushed their road record above .500 at 4-3.

Hawaii was 2-0 against Big Sky Conference teams this season entering the game with wins over defending conference champion Montana State and Northern Arizona.

The Bengals (6-3) play Dec. 16 at Utah Valley.

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ISU football: Former defensive assistant Maughan takes job at Adams State

By Madison Guernsey

Former Idaho State assistant football coach Britt Maughan has accepted a job at Adams State University, ASU confirmed to the Journal on Friday. The school spokesman did not know what Maughan’s new job title is.

 Maughan spent the 2017 season as a volunteer defensive assistant coach for the Bengals after spending four years as head coach at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. Adams State is an NCAA Division II program located in Alamosa, Colorado.

The Grizzlies announced the promotion of offensive coordinator Josh Blankenship to head coach Dec. 6. Earlier that day, former head coach Timm Rosenbach left the school to be Bobby Hauck’s offensive coordinator at Montana.

Adams State went 4-7 last season. Maughan did not respond to the Journal’s request for comment. At 6:48 p.m. on Friday, Maughan tweeted, “Ready and excited for a new adventure!!!”

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