Hamlin fourth in tacklesEastern Washington senior linebacker Ronnie Hamlin hadd nine tackles in a loss to Northern Arizona to hike his career total to 428. Hamlin enters Saturday’s game against North Dakota fourth on the Big Sky’s all-time tackles list. Hamlin is only four tackles away from tying former Eastern great J.C. Sherritt for the school record, and just six away from tying former Idaho State linebacker A.J. Storms (434) for second place. Former Montana State safety Kane Ioane is the all-time leader with 471. Tackles became an official NCAA statistic in 2000.
North Dakota quarterback outUniversity of North Dakota starting quarterback Joe Mollberg will miss the remaining four games of the season after injuring his right Achilles’ tendon. Ryan Bartles, also a redshirt sophomore, replaced Mollberg in Saturday’s game at Eastern Washington. Mollberg, a redshirt sophomore from Detroit Lakes, Minn., was injured in the first quarter of Saturday’s game at Southern Utah. He had started the first eight games of UND’s 3-5 season, completing 78-of-143 pass attempts for 919 yards and three touchdowns with five interceptions.
The wicked road streak is deadIdaho State earned its first road victory since 2006, downing Northern Colorado 46-12 in Greeley on Saturday. The Bengals entered the game riding a 48-game road losing streak. The Bengals had also lost 32 consecutive conference road games, a conference record. Idaho State’s last road win previous to Saturday was a 41-13 victory over Northern Colorado on Oct. 7, 2006. This also marks the first time Idaho State has won three conference games in a season since 2005, and also the first time the program has won five overall games since 2005. Idaho State’s last winning season came in 2003 when the Bengals finished 4-3 in conference play and 8-4 overall. The Bengals have now won three straight games for the first time since 2003.
The rush is onNo Big Sky player rushed for 200 yards over the first seven weeks of the season, but last weekend, three players have gone over the 200-yard mark. Eastern Washington senior Quincy Forte returned after missing four games with a shoulder injury to rush for a career-high 219 yards and a touchdown at Northern Arizona; Idaho State’s Xavier Finney rushed for a career-high 236 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals’ win over Northern Colorado; and Cal Poly quarterback Chris Brown rushed for a career-high 226 yards and two touchdowns in an upset of Montana.
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