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Utah Opponent Preview: Idaho State Offense

NCAA Football: Brigham Young at Utah Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

In their 2019 debut, Idaho State’s offensive unit proved to be a legitimate force...at least by FCS standards, and against the D-II Western Colorado Mountaineer, scoring five touchdowns in their 13-38 victory. Whether the Bengals can continue their offensive onslaught against the vaunted Utes defense remains to be seen.

​Led by junior quarterback, Matt Struck, the Bengals put up 532 total yards on offense in week one, with 385 yards coming from Struck’s passing attack, while senior running back Ty Flanagan managed a team high 96 yards on 22 carries.

​Struck found four different receivers in his season debut, connecting with junior Tanner Conner nine times for 164 yards and two touchdowns, while seniors Michael Dean reeled in eight passes for 155 yards and one touchdown. Seniors Mitch Gueller and Austin Campbell were the only other Bengals to record a catch, combining for five additional receptions for 66 total yards and a Gueller touchdown.

​Utah’s secondary struggled at times against Northern Illinois in week two, allowing multiple deep connections. A tune-up game against an accomplished Idaho State passing attack should prove beneficial before taking on USC at the Coliseum next week.