Weber St. beats Idaho St., wins playoff spot

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POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) -- Cameron Higgins passed for 369 yards and three touchdowns as Weber State trounced Idaho State 59-27 on Saturday to earn the Big Sky Conference Championship and a spot in the FCS playoffs.

Weber State running back Trevyn Smith scored two touchdowns, rushing for 140 yards on 18 carries and adding 86 yards on seven catches. Junior wide receiver Tim Toone added five catches for 179 yards and one touchdown to lead an offense that racked up 666 total yards and committed no turnovers.

Weber State (9-2, 7-0 Big Sky Conference) blew the game open in the second half, scoring 28 points, including 14 off Bengal turnovers, in a span of 1:57.

Weber State cornerback Josh Morris intercepted three Bengal passes while his teammates limited the offense to 349 total yards.

The Wildcats ran for 306 yards and five touchdowns in the game and had two 100-yard rushers. Along with Smith, redshirt freshman Justin White ran for 115 yards on six carries and one touchdown. Smith also became the all time leading rusher in Weber State history on his 41-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Idaho State (0-10, 0-6) quarterback Russel Hill was 16-for-26 for 139 yards with two interceptions. Bengals running back Clint Knickrehm had 75 yards rushing with one touchdown and 55 yards receiving.

With the win, the Wildcats cliched their first ever automatic birth in the FCS playoffs.

Idaho State extended its losing streak to 14, the second longest in the FCS behind Indiana State's 24. The Bengals have not won since Oct. 20, 2007, when they beat Portland St. 38-20.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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