No. 15 C of I sends No. 20 SOU to 0-3
CALDWELL, Idaho — Southern Oregon quarterback Wyatt Hutchinson passed for 351 yards and ran for 97 more, but his big day was spoiled as 15th-ranked College of Idaho scored on four straight second-half drives to win the NAIA Game of the Week, 41-38, on Saturday afternoon at Simplot Stadium.
C of I running back Nick Calzaretta accumulated 94 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries, and his second score gave the Yotes a 41-24 edge with 2 minutes 29 seconds remaining. They improved to 3-0 in the Frontier Conference for the first time since the program was revived for the 2014 season.
The 20th-ranked Raiders dropped to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the Frontier with a trip to Montana Tech (1-1) coming up next Saturday. They stayed alive with two late touchdowns - Hutchinson’s scoring rush preceded Graycen Kennedy’s successful onside kick, setting up a 33-yard Jason Shelley TD reception - but only one second remained when they attempted their second onside.
Hutchinson’s career-high passing total was accrued on 25-of-33 accuracy without an interception. He tied the score at 7-7 in the first quarter with a six-yard TD run, and with 15 seconds left in the period Michael Chisley Jr. returned an interception 55 yards to make it 14-7.
Chisley’s interception was his third in two Frontier games and the first pick-six for an SOU defensive back since 2014.
With 6:03 left in the half, Kennedy’s 45-yard field goal put the Raiders up 17-14.
Soon after, C of I’s fortunes turned. Punter Spencer Lambert pinned the Raiders at their own one-yard line, and their first snap from scrimmage skipped through the end zone for a safety, making it 17-16 at halftime.
The Yotes offense picked up in the second half behind quarterback Darius-James Peterson, who completed 15-of-24 attempts for 258 yards and added a three-yard rushing TD.
They regained the lead after completing a 72-yard drive with 2:03 left in the third on a 15-yard double pass that went from Peterson to Justin Hellyer to Connor Gagain. After forcing the Raiders to punt, they traveled 60 more yards on eight plays, and Peterson’s 19-yard TD pass to Hunter Juarez on play-action with 11:27 left made it 31-17.
SOU answered with a Hykeem Massey rushing TD. The Yotes made it a two-possession game again on Kyle Mitchell’s 22-yard field goal, then parlayed a strip-sack into Calzaretta’s back-breaking 13-yard TD run with 2:20 to go.
The Raiders allowed Hutchinson to be sacked three times and also hurt their own chances with five errant snaps. They were out-gained, 480-438, due mostly to a 207-87 discrepancy on the ground and the snaps that cost them 47 total yards.
Christian Graney caught 10 passes for 93 yards and Shelley brought in three for 94.
Collin Crown led the Raider defense with a game-high 11 tackles. Jake Regino added seven and a sack.