Idaho State football falls to BYU, 42-10

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A mixture of old and new nonetheless led to an expected result Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium as Idaho State lost 42-10 to BYU.

The old? Starting quarterback Matt Struck threw yet another pick-six, his fifth in the last five games.

The new? Freshman running Malakai Rango, taking the bulk of the workload for the first time this season with starter Ty Flanagan out, ran 24 times for 142 yards and a touchdown.

The result? Never much in doubt after a second quarter in which BYU scored on three consecutive drives to take a 28-3 lead to the locker room.

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Sundance Winner “The Farewell” at ISU Sunday

Sundance Film Festival winner, “The Farewell” will be shown this Sunday, November 17, at 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. in the Bengal Theater.  When a Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live they decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding as an excuse to gather with her before she dies. (Rated PG) Admission is $3 for the public, $2 for ISU staff and free for ISU students with Bengal ID. For trailer and more information, go to
Reviews for “The Farewell” on ROTTEN TOMATOES 99% Positive
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 16, 2019
It’s a film that pulls off a quiet miracle: it breaks your heart, and leaves you happy.
Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
July 19, 2019
Lots of heavy stuff, to be sure, and there are times when The Farewell delivers powerful emotional blows, and we ache for Billie and what she’s going through – in large part because Awkwafina’s performance is so raw and authentic and in the moment.
Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 18, 2019
When each of us contains multitudes, “The Farewell” suggests, home is everywhere, or anywhere we happen to be.
Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 17, 2019
It has an eye for absurdity and for the telling detail, and it marks Lulu Wang as a director with the rare but essential ability to make you care about what she cares about.
Original Score: 3.5/4
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ISU personnel help identify Clark County John Doe discovered in 1979

Samantha Blatt

Idaho State University announced an identification has been made “with high confidence” for a John Doe whose remains were discovered in 1979 in Clark County in East Idaho.

The conclusion was made by DNA Doe Project volunteers trained as forensic genealogists, and they were assisted by Idaho State University anthropologist Samantha Blatt and former ISU faculty member Amy Michael, according to Wednesday’s Idaho State University press release.

Law enforcement has to provide secondary confirmation before the name and details of the life of the formerly unknown figure are released to the public.

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Austin Campbell, Dakota Wilson named first-team Academic All-District

Idaho State tight end Austin Campbell and offensive lineman Dakota Wilson were named to the 2019 first-team Academic All-District Team, announced Friday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Campbell is a senior majoring in health science and holds a 3.80 GPA. The award marks Campbell’s first academic honor.

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ISU volleyball beats Portland State in five sets

The Idaho State volleyball team defeated Portland State in five sets on Thursday night in Portland, Oregon.

The Bengals jumped ahead in the first set with a 25-19 victory. ISU attacked for a .276 percentage and out-blocked the Vikings 3-1. Raegan Steiner led the team hitting .500 with five kills. ISU had the advantage at 5-4 and took the lead the rest of the way, leading PSU by as many as seven points during the set.

Idaho State kept the lead through the entire second set and finished with a 25-16 set victory. ISU was ahead 14-13 before going on a eight-point rally to get a 21-13 advantage. The Bengals went on to lead the Vikings by as many as 10 points at 24-14 and finished the set with a .440 hitting percentage.

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Idaho State stifles Montana Western 80-48 for second straight win

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POCATELLO — At the end of the day, Idaho State held Montana Western to 48 points and won the rebounding battle by 19.

That’s what Ryan Looney was most excited about, anyway, after the Bengals beat the visiting Bulldogs 80-48 on Thursday at Holt Arena.

“They scored in the 40s and we’re plus-19 on the glass!” ISU’s head coach exclaimed at the end of his postgame press conference.

Of course, there was more to be happy about for Idaho State (2-1), which is officially on its first winning streak of the season.

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Idaho State looks to continue improving, building momentum in home game vs. Montana Western

Malik Porter Montana Tech

POCATELLO — It didn’t take long for Ryan Looney to live up to his reputation.

Idaho State’s first-year men’s basketball coach and his players still have a long way to go — and a lot left to prove — but last Thursday’s 89-79 road victory against heavily-favored Air Force caught plenty of eyes, including those of some national pundits.

It also thrust one of ISU’s many new players into the spotlight, as Tarik Cool scored 41 points and quickly inserted himself into the school’s record books.

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ISU football Q&A: Senior cornerback Colton Bennion

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POCATELLO — Colton Bennion doesn’t get as much press as some of the other players in Idaho State’s big senior class, but the reserve cornerback has been putting in work this season, both on special teams and, late in the season, the secondary. The Idaho State Journal caught up with Bennion to talk about his journey to Idaho State, an unexpected honeymoon, and the difference between playing special teams and cornerback.

Idaho State Journal: First thing’s first, how did you end up at Idaho State?

Colton Bennion: I was recruited by (cornerbacks) coach (Kam) Yancy to come up here. I played two years at Snow (College, a junior college in Utah), and came here in the spring of 2018. Coach Yancy knew a few of the coaches at Snow. I was a walk-on my first semester, then I was put on scholarship my second.

ISJ: Why did you go junior college out of high school?

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