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BYU vs. Idaho State game at a glance

Published: Friday, Oct. 21 2011 1:34 p.m. MDT

BYU (5-2) vs. Idaho State (2-5)

Saturday, 1 p.m. MT

LaVell Edwards Stadium (63,470)

Natural grass

Provo, Utah

TV: BYUtv

Radio: 1160 AM, 102.7 FM

Weather: 61 degrees, sunny

THE STAKES

For Idaho State . . . the Bengals are earning a big pay day regardless of the outcome, but a victory over a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent would be a monumental upset and a huge step for the program.

For BYU . . . the Cougars are trying to extend their winning streak to five games and are simply looking to improve on offense, defense and special teams.

THE TRENDS

For Idaho State . . . the Bengals haven't beaten an FBS opponent since a 27-24 win over Utah State in 2000. Since then, ISU is 0-15 against FBS foes.

For BYU . . . the Cougars are 4-0 all-time against FCS opponents, with the most recent coming in a 41-17 victory over Northern Iowa in 2008.

THE EDGE

Idaho State will win if . . . the Cougars completely collapse defensively against the Bengals' pass-happy offense and ISU can force a multitude of turnovers.

BYU will win if . . . the Cougars have a balanced attack on the ground and through the air and are able to execute the game plan.

PLAYER TO WATCH

JAKE HEAPS, BYU: Heaps, who started the season as the starter, could play today for the first time since Sept. 30 if the Cougars can get a big lead. How will Heaps respond?

KEY MATCHUP

BYU's SECONDARY VS. IDAHO STATE'S PASSING OFFENSE: The Cougars' secondary has been vulnerable to big passing plays this season. ISU boasts the No. 4 ranked passing offense in the FCS. Bengal quarterback Kevin Yost is No. 1 in the FCS in passing.

INJURY REPORT

IDAHO STATE: Offensive lineman Braeden Clayson (wrist) is out until the beginning of November.

BYU: Defensive linemen Hebron Fangupo (ankle) and Romney Fuga (knee sprain) are day-to-day. Linebacker Ezekiel Ansah (MCL sprain) is questionable. Tight end Richard Wilson underwent season-ending knee surgery earlier this week.

NEXT UP

Idaho State visits Montana State on Oct. 29. BYU faces TCU at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tex., on Oct. 28.

SCHEDULE

(All times Mountain)

Date....Opponent....Time....(TV)/result

Sept. 3 BYU 14, Ole Miss 13

Sept. 10 Texas 17, BYU 16

Sept. 17 Utah 54, BYU 10

Sept. 23 BYU 24, Central Florida 17

Sept. 30 BYU 27, Utah State 24

Oct. 8 vs. BYU 29, San Jose State 16

Oct. 15 BYU 38, Oregon State 28

Oct. 22 vs. Idaho State ( 1 p.m., BYUtv)

Oct. 28 vs. TCU, in Arlington, Tex., (6 p.m., ESPN)

Nov. 12 vs. Idaho (TBD, ESPN Networks)

Nov. 19 vs. New Mexico State TBD (TBD, ESPN Networks)

Dec. 3 at Hawaii (5:30 p.m., ESPN2)

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