ISU football notebook: Turnovers key in matchup with North Dakota

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By Madison Guernsey

Idaho State’s fate was sealed after its first four drives.

The Bengals started last weekend’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 ISU’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 NAU’s favor and took ISU’s offense out of its rhythm, similar to games earlier this season when sustained drives stalled in enemy territory with no points.

“Our early first-quarter scoring drought is an issue that we’ve got to take care of,” Bengals coach Mike Kramer said Wednesday at his weekly press conference. “We’ve got to be able to end drives with touchdowns and not end drives with turnovers down in the red zone.”

Idaho State has committed 15 turnovers this season. The Bengals’ turnover margin of minus-7 is 12th in the 13-team Big Sky and tied for 113th in the 122-team Football Championship Subdivision.

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ISU MBB: Telfair named to preseason all-conference team

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By Journal Staff

Idaho State senior point guard Ethan Telfair was named to the Big Sky men’s basketball preseason all-conference team, announced Wednesday. The team is comprised completely of guards and includes Montana’s Walter Wright, Montana State’s Tyler Hall, Weber State’s Jeremy Senglin, Idaho’s Victor Sanders and North Dakota’s Quinton Hooker, who was tabbed the preseason MVP.

Telfair was named Big Sky Newcomer of the Year last season after averaging 20.2 points per game and leading the league with 5.4 assists and 2.4 steals in 35.7 minutes a night.

Hooker, UND’s senior point guard, was just behind Telfair in scoring at 20.1 points per game and averaged 4.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 48.7 percent from the floor. Hooker notched a triple-double in North Dakota’s 76-60 home win against ISU in February. Hooker was one of 25 Division I players to record a triple-double last season along with Big Sky foes Bogdan Bliznyuk of Eastern Washington and Cameron Forte of Portland State.

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ISU enrolls more Idaho students

Kent Tingey


POCATELLO — While Idaho State University saw a significant loss in the number of international students this fall, gains in other student populations, including Idaho residents, helped to bolster enrollment.

ISU officials reported that as of census day on Oct. 15 there were 13,062 students enrolled — a 0.5 percent decrease compared to last fall. But things could have been much worse.

The number of international students dropped by 500 (35.1 percent) and undergraduate enrollment also declined by 156 (1.4 percent).

Luckily, ISU saw increases in other populations. Idaho resident students went up by 312 (3 percent); non-resident domestic students went up by 117 (10.1 percent); and graduate students went up by 85 (4.5 percent).

“We’re really pleased with the numbers of this enrollment,” said Kent Tingey, vice president for University Advancement.

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ISU WBB: Bengals picked 6th in preseason polls

ISU WBB Brooke Blaire

By Journal Staff

The Idaho State women’s basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the Big Sky preseason coaches and media polls.

The Bengals return three starters from last year’s team that went 18-15 and reached the Big Sky tournament championship game. ISU also returns redshirt sophomores Grace Kenyon and Megan Hochstein, who were major contributors as freshmen but missed last season because of injuries.

Montana State sits atop the media poll, while Idaho earned the top spot in the coaches poll. Three points separated the top teams in both polls.

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ISU soccer: Hennings’ 10 saves key in 1-0 shutout of WSU

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The Idaho State soccer team picked up a hard-fought 1-0 win at Weber State on a dreary Sunday afternoon at the Wildcat Soccer Field. Every minute of the match was a battle; the Bengals finished final 35 minutes with just 10 players following a red card assessed to ISU early in the second half.

Idaho State (7-10-0, 4-3-0 Big Sky Conference) trailed Weber State (5-8-2, 3-4-1) in shots and shots on goal as the Wildcats doubled ISU’s shots 16-8 and nearly tripled the Bengals’ total in shots on goal, 10-4. But ISU goalkeeper Shawna Hennings came up huge for the Bengals, making 10 saves in 90 minutes.

“We stuck to our game plan despite the weather conditions,” ISU head coach Allison Gibson said. “We were able to dominate big parts of the game.”

Idaho State was the aggressor in the first half, registering all eight of its shots in the first 45 minutes. The first 40 minutes were scoreless on both sides, but in the 41st minute the Bengals were able to end the scoring drought. Junior defender Baylee Smithson, who had just subbed into the match 10 minutes prior, connected on a cross from sophomore Meaghan Bare and placed the ball past WSU goalkeeper Sydnie Brough for her first career goal. The Bengals controlled play for the final four minutes and entered the break with the lead.

In the second half, Weber State took advantage of ISU’s 10-player crew and fired off 14 shots, including 10 on goal. Hennings saved all 10 for her second double-digit save effort of the season. The Wildcats were unable to find the back of the net, and Idaho State earned the 1-0 win.

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ISU volleyball: Farrer named Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week

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Senior setter Hayley Farrer was named the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week for her performances Oct. 13 and 15. Farrer led the Bengals to two straight sweeps with a 3-0 win over Eastern Washington on Thursday and another 3-0 win over Weber State on Saturday.

The Idaho Falls native recorded match-high assists in both matches with 27 against EWU and 40 against Weber State for an 11.2 per set average. She also led the Bengals in hitting percentage for the weekend at .542 as she recorded 14 kills off 24 attempts with one error.

Defensively, Farrer added 12 digs in both matches to average four digs per set in addition to seven blocks. She now sits at 11th all-time in ISU history in career digs with 1,101.

This is Farrer’s third Big Sky Player of the Week honor.

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Bengals in the NFL: Hill catches first TD of season in 41-38 win

Josh Hill, Zack Sanchez

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 sixth week of the regular season.

Josh Hill (2009-12)

New Orleans Saints

Josh Hill made his first receptions of the season Sunday in the Saints’ 41-38 home win against the Carolina Panthers.

Hill made a 15-yard reception in the second quarter, and his second catch was an 8-yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone that pushed New Orleans’ lead to 38-30 late in the fourth quarter. The play was originally ruled an incomplete pass but overturned upon official review.

The Saints (2-3) play Sunday at the Kansas City Chiefs.

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

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ISU football: The good and the bad — Deciphering the pluses and minuses from ISU’s 52-7 loss at Northern Arizona

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By Madison Guernsey

Idaho State got in its own way time after time and suffered its worst loss of the season on Saturday.

Worse than its 37-7 loss to Oregon State and its 56-7 loss to Colorado and its 45-20 loss to Portland State.

While the Bengals’ 52-7 loss to Northern Arizona isn’t their largest margin of defeat in 2016, it’s the most jarring. ISU hadn’t suffered such a lopsided loss in Big Sky play since 2012, when the Bengals gave up 650 yards of offense in a 70-14 beatdown at Cal Poly.

Idaho State’s offense couldn’t avoid turnovers, then couldn’t move, and by the time it found the end zone it was far too late. The defense couldn’t contain NAU through the air, and the Bengals’ undersized defensive backs were dominated by the Lumberjacks’ lanky wideouts.

ISU returns home for the first time in nearly a month to host North Dakota, which is unbeaten in conference play. Here are the key takeaways from Idaho State’s 52-7 loss at Northern Arizona.

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