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ISU NOTES FROM THE ALERUS CENTER, GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA

A CAREER DAY

Junior KW Williams had the game of his life in Idaho State’s 37-31 win Saturday at North Dakota.

The 6-foot-1, 212-pound wideout caught 12 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns. It’s the sixth-highest total for receiving yards in a game in Idaho State history.

Williams helped ignite a Bengals offense that exploded for 427 passing yards and four TDs. ISU’s 480 total yards is the most North Dakota has allowed this season.

While Williams had one of the best days for an ISU wide receiver ever, Bengals head coach Mike Kramer thought the Des Moines, Washington, native was simply doing his job. As a slot receiver, Williams is commonly matched up with linebackers and safeties — players who should struggle to cover an athletic receiver one on one.

“The slot is the go-to guy. Not the outside guys,” Kramer said. “The outside guy is kind of like the tinsel in the tree. The inside guys are the bright illuminating Christmas balls, because they have the best matchup.”

WHAT TURNOVER PROBLEMS?

Idaho State quarterback Michael Sanders didn’t throw an interception and the Bengals avoided fumbles against North Dakota.

It was a big change from the past few games. The Bengals lead the Big Sky Conference with 15 giveaways, including nine interceptions and six fumbles.

Not only did ISU take care of the football, the defense forced turnovers. Senior Erik Collins had an interception in the first quarter, and senior Tyler Kuder forced a fumble that stymied UND as it was moving into scoring territory. ISU finished with a plus-three turnover margin.

INJURY UPDATE

Senior linebacker CJ Langlow traveled with Idaho State to North Dakota but did not play. In his place, redshirt freshman Joe Martin started his first career game.

Martin had four tackles and wasn’t the only change to ISU’s 11 starters on defense. Redshirt freshman Anthony Ricks was inserted at right cornerback in place of a healthy Khary Livingston-Coleman.

Ricks helped break up North Dakota’s desperation heave into the end zone on its final play from scrimmage.

“We like all of our corners. Anthony has been playing pretty well in practice and he gets a chance to play,” Kramer said. “I like our depth at corner, and I liked the way we played it against a football team that really doesn’t know how to lose.”

HOMECOMING CROWD

North Dakota’s announced crowd for its homecoming was 9,188. UND, after losing to Idaho State, is 62-31-4 in its homecoming games all time.

North Dakota is 74-22 at the Alerus Center, which opened in 2001.

UNUSUAL DAY IN THE BIG SKY

Sometimes the Big Sky is hard to figure out. Idaho State was a 10-point underdog at North Dakota and trailed 31-15 in the second half before rallying behind three unanswered touchdowns.

But ISU’s victory might not have been the most surprising. Weber State went on the road and knocked off No. 12 Montana 24-21 in overtime. It was WSU’s first win in Missoula, Montana, since 1987.

Who could have seen that one coming? The Wildcats lost 44-0 to Southern Utah the week before at home.

Eastern Washington, Idaho State’s opponent next Saturday in Holt Arena, survived a 42-41 shootout in overtime against Cal Poly and moved to the top of the league standings (along with Southern Utah) at 2-0.

IDAHO STATE 37, NORTH DAKOTA 31

Crowd: 9,188

Conditions at kickoff: Indoor venue, 70 degrees

Elapsed time of game: 3:03

Records: Idaho State is 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the Big Sky. No. 23/25 North Dakota is 4-2, 2-1.

Key stat: North Dakota went 10 for 17 on third down but 1 for 4 in the fourth quarter as ISU mounted its rally from a 16-point deficit.

Key stat II: Idaho State threw the ball 49 times but never allowed a sack. Conversely, North Dakota threw 22 passes and ISU had three sacks.

Key moment: When the final whistle blew. Idaho State had huge moments in its comeback. The defense had to stop two possible game-winning North Dakota drives in the fourth quarter, and the offense found a way to rattle off 37 points against one of the Big Sky’s stingiest units.

Quotable: “I’m really proud of our quarterback. The protection was outstanding. Our receivers are catching the ball extremely well. And defensively, we found a way to plug in the AA batteries and play a spark of defense.” — ISU head coach Mike Kramer

IDAHO STATE 37, NORTH DAKOTA 31

Idaho State 6 9 7 15—37

North Dakota 14 7 10 0—31

First Quarter

IdSt_K.Williams 25 pass from Sanders (run failed), 8:42.

NDAK_Seibel 13 pass from Studsrud (Taubenheim kick), 3:21.

NDAK_Santiago 14 run (Taubenheim kick), 1:02.

Second Quarter

IdSt_FG Z.Johnson 35, 12:39.

IdSt_Mangum 34 pass from Sanders (pass failed), 7:55.

NDAK_Cerriteno 9 pass from Studsrud (Taubenheim kick), :42.

Third Quarter

NDAK_FG Taubenheim 33, 6:41.

NDAK_Santiago 27 run (Taubenheim kick), 1:21.

IdSt_K.Williams 47 pass from Sanders (Z.Johnson kick), :20.

Fourth Quarter

IdSt_Ford 1 run (Z.Johnson kick), 10:30.

IdSt_Ford 27 pass from Sanders (Mangum pass from Sanders), 6:15.

A_9,188.

IdSt NDAK

First downs 25 20

Rushes-yards 26-53 49-270

Passing 427 128

Comp-Att-Int 32-49-0 11-22-1

Return Yards 4 20

Punts-Avg. 6-34.2 4-38.0

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-2

Penalties-Yards 4-20 5-35

Time of Possession 27:02 32:58

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_Idaho St., Finney 17-36, Ford 7-21, Team 2-(minus 4).

North Dakota, Santiago 24-155, Studsrud 10-45, Oliveira 7-40,

Bartels 3-23, Smith 3-10, Seibel 2-(minus 3).

PASSING_Idaho St., Sanders 32-49-0-427. North Dakota,

Studsrud 8-14-1-81, Bartels 3-8-0-47.

RECEIVING_Idaho St., K.Williams 12-204, Mangum 10-142, Cook 4-29,

Ford 2-28, H.Graves 2-13, Finney 2-11. North Dakota, Adler 3-57,

Cerriteno 2-21, Seibel 2-21, Stanley 2-15, Oliveira 1-10, Santiago 1-4.

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