By Madison Guernsey firstname.lastname@example.org
Idaho Stateâ€™s lasting memory of Saturdayâ€™s game wonâ€™t be the gaudy offensive stats or the fourth-quarter comeback.
It wonâ€™t be Mitch Guellerâ€™s highlight-reel touchdowns or James Madisonâ€™s gutsy career-best effort.
The story of Saturday is much more painful.
A fumble near the goal line, a missed extra point and an opponentâ€™s flawless final drive. A last-second field goal, the wrong team storming the field and the wrong kicker hoisted in triumph.
Collin Rootâ€™s game-ending 37-yard field goal gave Northern Colorado a dramatic 43-42 win Saturday at Nottingham Field, ending a game that featured over 1,200 yards of offense, a three-hour seesaw of momentum and, in ISUâ€™s case, one too many mistakes.
The Bengals trailed 40-24 late in the third quarter and were agonizingly close to pulling off a thrilling road victory to kick off Big Sky Conference play.
Instead, heartbreak, a tortuous list of costly mishaps and an uphill battle to regain Big Sky relevance.
A week after reaching an emotional peak with a historic 30-28 win at FBS Nevada, the Bengals are behind the eight ball in the race for a conference crown.