Aug. 15, 2009
Pocatello, ID --- Idaho State quarterbacks combined to go 27-for-40 for 341 yards with three touchdowns as the offense totaled 496 yards and five touchdowns on 77 plays, but the defense came up big with a pair of red zone picks and six sacks in the first of two major scrimmages during fall camp. The second scrimmage will be next Saturday in the afternoon.
The scrimmage saw the offense take series starting from their own 20, and slowly working in, with drives starting at their own 40, the defense's 40, and then the 20. It ended with a pair of two-minute drills.
The offense came out on fire on their first four possessions as they amassed 285 yards on four drives. In the opening drive, starting quarterback Kyle Blum completed his first five passes to get ISU to the 15-yard line, but Dustin Tew ended the drive when he jumped a route and intercepted a pass, returning it almost 50 yards. Russel Hill then came on, and threw a quick hitter to true freshman Andrew Benavides, who turned on the afterburners and turned that into an 80-yard touchdown. Hill then led another touchdown drive as Ben Laporta scored from a yard out two plays after his 25-yard dash set up the offense at the 1-yard line.
Hill then led a third straight touchdown drive, this from the 40 to start as he hit Boise State transfer Josh Hill for a 2-yard run. From there, the defense turned a bit more stout, as they registered six sacks, and they didn't allow another touchdown until the very end of the scrimmage, when true freshman Jake Lammers hit tight end Jon Van Vliet from five yards out for a touchdown.
In the two minute drills, Kyle Blum led the offense to a touchdown (they were playing as if down two points from their own 30-yard line with 1:10 left and one time out), with him converting a fourth down pass to Benavides, and then hitting Kelvin Krosch on a 48-yard bomb to set up the offense with 1st-and-goal at the one, and Clint Knickrehm finished the drive with a touchdown.
On the second and final two-minute drill, Russel Hill completed a pass with one second left to set up a 53-yard field goal attempt by Jarrett Huk, but Rustin Phillips blocked the attempt.
"All in all, I liked what I saw," said head coach John Zamberlin. "I thought early on the offense looked really good, and then the defense came around and made some plays. It's always a little tough until you see the film, but I liked how our guys competed, how hard they went at it, and considering we put a bunch of stuff in, I thought it went well."
Blum ended the day 9-for-15 for 122 yards, and he could have had more, but he had a 40+ yard pass dropped in the end zone that would have been a sure touchdown, and then Kelvin Miller broke a pass that looked like Kelvin Krosch had long enough for a 50-yard touchdown. He did throw two interceptions, one to Tew, and then one in the end zone to Chris Holmesly.
Hill was 11-for-15 for 152 yards and two touchdowns, and Evan Mozzochi looked solid going 6-for-8 for 62 yards. Lammers was just 1-for-1 with a touchdown, and Kyle Morris misfired on his only attempt. Stew Tracy, another Boise State transfer, looked like a world beater, rushing for a team-high 73 yards on 11 carries, including six rushes for nine or more yards. Knickrehm added 44 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, and Laporta 37 on five carries with a score.
Among the receivers, Jaron Taylor caught six passes for 51 yards, and Benavides had just four catches, but he registered 113 yards and a touchdown. Kelvin Krosch had two catches for 70 yards.
Defensively, Rustin Phillips, George Ortiz, Dustin Tew, Jarrid Nash, and Mihn Williams all recorded sacks, and Phillip Pleasant and Sean Rutten shared a sixth sack. Keith McGowan, Kelvin Miller, Brennan Ghassemiah, and David Tyler all knocked away passes, and Tanner Davis had a forced fumble.
NOTES: Jon Vanderwielen is out to prove his preseason All-America status is warranted, as he averaged 42.7 yards on three punts, and he pinned the defense once at the four, and another time at the two ... Huk went 2-for-4 on field goals, hitting from 30 and 40, and missing from 48, and getting blocked from 53 ... the scrimmage took a scary turn when true freshman Tubotein Taylor suffered a severe leg injury when he was tackled by Tanner Davis. He was immediately sent across the street to the hospital for X-rays.
Kyle Blum, 9-15, 122 yards, 2 INT
Russel Hill, 11-15, 152 yards, 2 TD
Evan Mozzochi, 6-8, 62 yards
Kyle Morris, 0-1, 0 yards
Jake Lammers, 1-1, 5 yards, 1 TD
Totals - 27-40, 341 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
Stew Tracy, 11-73
Clint Knickrehm, 9-44, 1 TD
Ben Laporta, 5-37, 1 TD
Skylar Morgan, 3-16
Jalani Phillips, 2-11
Russel Hill, 2-5
Evan Mozzochi, 1-(-5)
Kyle Morris, 1-(-6)
Kyle Blum, 3-(-20)
Totals - 37-155, 2 TD
Jaron Taylor, 6-51
Andrew Benavides, 4-113, 1 TD
JD Ponciano, 3-17
Kelvin Krosch, 2-70
Isaiah Burel, 2-18
Bryant Ward, 2-17
Jon Van Vliet, 2-14, 1 TD
Rodrick Rumble, 1-14
Darrius Coleman, 1-12
Tubotein Taylor, 1-8
Clint Knickrehm, 1-4
Josh Hill, 1-2, 1 TD
Stew Tracy, 1-1
Totals - 27-341, 3 TD
Dustin Tew 3-2, Keith McGowan 3-1, Phillip Pleasant 2-2, Kenny Viser 2-2, A.J. Storms 1-3, Jeremy Gibson 1-3, Tanner Davis 3-0, Jake Rouser 3-0, Demetrius Amos 3-0, Carson Glover 2-1, J.T. Albers 2-1, Nic Edgson 2-1, Michael Wright 1-2, Phillip Arias 1-2, Nathan Nooner 0-3, Chris Holmesly 2-0, Jarrid Nash 2-0, David Tyler 2-0, Cameron Gupton 1-1, Minh Williams 1-1, Jeff Tuua 1-1, Tuiosospo Niusulu 0-2, James Bergren 0-2, George Ortiz 1-0, Rustin Phillips 1-0, Kelvin Miller 0-1, Daniel Urias 0-1, Brennan Ghassemiah 0-1, Sean Rutten 0-1, Jason Jones 0-1.
Dustin Tew 1-50, Chris Holmesly 1-0
Keith McGowan 1, Kelvin Miller 1, Brennan Ghassemiah 1, David Tyler 1
George Ortiz 1, Dustin Tew 1, Jarrid Nash 1, Minh Williams 1, David Tyler 1, Phillip Pleasant ½, Sean Rutten ½