POCATELLO, Idaho (AP)-Junior quarterback Marcel Marquez passed for a career-high 396 yards and two touchdowns to lead Sacramento State to a 22-14 victory over Idaho State in a Big Sky Conference game Saturday.
Marquez, who entered the game averaging 158 passing yards per game, repeatedly victimized the Bengals' secondary as he racked up the second-highest single-game passing yardage total in Sacramento State history.
Sacramento State (4-5, 4-3 Big Sky) opened the scoring with a 48-yard field goal by Juan Gamboa on its first offensive possession of the game.
Idaho State (2-7, 1-5) responded on its next possession with a 10-play, 80-yard drive capped with a 10-yard run by Ken Cornist that gave ISU a 7-3 lead.
Sacramento State regained the lead when Marquez threw a six-yard TD pass to Ray Navar early in the second quarter. Later in the period, Marquez hit Andre Taylor for a 38-yard touchdown to stretch the Hornets' lead to 16-7. Gamboa added a 35-yard field goal just before halftime to give Sacramento State a 19-7 halftime lead.
Gamboa hit his third field goal of the day, a 39-yard effort with 8:16 remaining, to give Sacramento State a 22-7 lead.
Idaho State was handed a lifeline late in the game when Marquez threw an interception to D.J. Clark. Clark returned it 32 yards to the Sacramento State 29-yard line. Two plays later, Bengals quarterback Matt Gutierrez hit Akilah Lacey with a 23-yard touchdown pass to cut the Sacramento State lead to 22-14 with 2:54 on the clock.
ISU then recovered an onside kick, but failed to convert on fourth-and-three from the Sacramento State 32. The Hornets ran out the clock to preserve the win.
Sacramento State won despite having a net minus-20 yards rushing. The Hornets defense held Idaho State to just 209 yards of total offense.