The Bengal offense pretty much does one thing and they do it very well. They like to throw the football more than BYU does, which is hard to believe. The primary Bengal offensive weapon is 6-foot-2-inch, 201-pound junior Rodrick Rumble, who is a tall, fast receiver in the mold of BYU's very own Cody Hoffman. Cornerback Corby Eason will have his hands full come Saturday.
"Idaho State has a really good wide receiver that is tall and fast," Kyle Van Noy said about Rumble. "He has the most catches in the country and is really good, so he's someone we're going to have to watch out for and try and stop."
This year against Washington State, Rumble caught 10 passes for 218 yards, and has had more than 100 yards in six of his seven games. Rumble has 75 catches for 996 yards and eight touchdowns this year. The next leading receiver is Josh Hill with 36 receptions for 325 total yards, followed by Derek Graves with 268 yards.
"The thing that poses a challenge is they throw it 70-80 times," Coach Doman said. "I mean, they throw it a lot and it could lengthen the game, and it could possibly create quick points for them. Our offense is going to have to sustain some good long drives in order to keep their offense off the field."
Primarily a passing team, the Bengals' offensive stats pretty much say it all. For the season, the Bengal offense has racked up 2,371 passing yards in comparison to only 155 rushing yards.
"Their quarterback [Kevin Yost] is a scramble guy and they throw it about 95 percent of the time," Van Noy said. "They're a team that just throws and throws the ball, so that's going to open us up for sacks and picks and stuff like that."
Yost has completed 64 percent of his passes this year, and has a 128.3 quarterback efficiency rating. He averages 306.3 passing yards per game. BYU fans might just see a Cougar defense stacking the box, plastering the receivers and bringing a lot of heat.
"We're going to try and get after the quarterback a lot," Van Noy said. "We're going to play tough on their receivers and, you know, show them what BYU football is all about."
The Bengal offense might not have the biggest guys, but they do have some skilled guys.
"They have good speed guys on the perimeters," Van Noy said. "When you watch the film you see their line try and block as long as they can to let those speed guys get open. They're a team that plays hard and gives a lot of effort, so you have to give them credit for that. Then they like to throw it up to their receivers. We're going to have to get after the quarterback enough to let our DBs get up on their skill guys so they can make a play on the ball."
According to Van Noy, the Bengal offense most resembles San Jose State's offense.
"They like to run a quick-paced game, double t-flairs, quick x-jets in there where it's like a jail break screen where the offensive line gets out there," said Van Noy. "They don't run the ball very much, maybe 10 times a game, and run their offense more out of a spread. It's going to be an offense that throws the ball a lot, and that makes us kind of excited because that's one of our focuses that we need to get better at."
On the defensive side of the ball, the Bengals run a 3-4 defense similar to BYU.
"They run a 3-4-4 defense and I think it's really the first defense that we've faced where they run it on the most consistent basis," said Bryan Kariya. "We do see that type of defense with our team here, so that will help us a little bit, but Idaho State obviously runs different packages than we do. It something we'll have to adjust to."
"They like to mix it up a lot up front and are kind of like our defense," said Coach Doman. "They play a 3-4 defense and I would guess for them up front physically they probably have less numbers of big physical bodies, and so they're playing some more three-down looks with more linebackers and safeties. But that means they've got more athletes on the field."
With the 3-4 defense, it all starts with the anchor and that's the nose guard. In the middle will be 5-foot-11-inch, 275-pound senior Jordan Monga, who is a converted linebacker. Monga will look to hold the two-gap against 6-foot-4-inch, 318-pound senior Cougar center Terrence Brown.
"They have some really good players on the defensive side of the ball," said Kariya. "They have a nose tackle [Isaiah Walker] who is stout, active and works hard and is a load to hit. They do have some good players on defense, so we‘re going to try and attack them hard. We're looking to go and execute as best we can and improve."
The best Bengal defensive player is 6-foot, 230-pound senior middle linebacker A.J. Storm, who currently has 29 solo tackles and 42 assisted tackles on the season. Storm is the defensive heart and soul of the Bengal defense.
"We watched film on [Storm]," Kariya said. "He's a stout guy and he flies around and is very active. He's got good size so he's a load to hit, so they definitely have some good players on defense. We're going to look to attack as hard as we can."
"If you watch [Storm], I think he's a good middle linebacker," Coach Doman said. "He's a good player and someone that really stuck out to me a little bit this week."
Score Prediction: BYU 48, Idaho State 10