By Madison Guernsey firstname.lastname@example.org
Idaho Stateâ€™s fate was sealed after its first four drives.
The Bengals started last weekendâ€™s game against Northern Arizona with an interception on fourth down, a blocked punt recovered deep in their own territory, another pick and a lost fumble. Drive No. 5 ended with a missed field goal and marked ISUâ€™s final possession of four plays or more until its five-play scoring drive late in the fourth quarter.
The early-game deficiencies tipped the score in NAUâ€™s favor and took ISUâ€™s offense out of its rhythm, similar to games earlier this season when sustained drives stalled in enemy territory with no points.
â€śOur early first-quarter scoring drought is an issue that weâ€™ve got to take care of,â€ť Bengals coach Mike Kramer said Wednesday at his weekly press conference. â€śWeâ€™ve got to be able to end drives with touchdowns and not end drives with turnovers down in the red zone.â€ť
Idaho State has committed 15 turnovers this season. The Bengalsâ€™ turnover margin of minus-7 is 12th in the 13-team Big Sky and tied for 113th in the 122-team Football Championship Subdivision.