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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Senior slotback Deonte Williams cracked the 100-yard mark for a school-record ninth time and scored three touchdowns as No. 19 Cal Poly defeated Idaho State 70-14 in a Big Sky Conference football game Saturday night in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Williams (pictured at right) rushed for 125 yards on 17 carries, scoring on runs of nine, three and 44 yards, and broke the school mark for 100-yard games in a season set by James Noble in 2005.
Williams now has 1,319 yards for the season, No. 4 all time at Cal Poly, and needs 260 yards to break Noble's single-season mark of 1,578 yards, also set in 2005.
With the win, Cal Poly improves to 8-2 on the year, snapping a two-game losing streak. The Mustangs are 6-1 in Big Sky games, tied for first place with Northern Arizona, Eastern Washington and Montana State, each with one game to play.
Idaho State, which has given up 50 or more points in each of its last eight games, fell to 1-9 and 0-7.
Cal Poly football, presented by French Hospital Medical Center, scored the first 35 points of the game and never looked back, scoring the most points since a 74-7 victory over Simon Fraser in 1969. The 56-point margin of victory is the most for the Mustangs since a 55-0 victory over Savannah State closing out the 2006 season.
In addition to Williams' three touchdowns, Akaninyene Umoh, Rocky Meszaros and Ryan Solomon each ran for one score while senior quarterback Andre Broadous threw three touchdown passes – one each to Cole Stanford, Willie Tucker and Brandon Michalkiewicz.
Cal Poly produced season highs for rushing yards (505) and total offense (650) and never punted in the game. The 505 yards on the ground are the most for the Mustangs in their 19-year Division I history, surpassing the 459 yards netted against Idaho State in 2008.
Williams averaged 7.4 yards per carry and was augmented by Umoh's 79 yards on 13 trips and Kristaan Ivory's 78 yards on 12 carries. Meszaros scored his first Mustang touchdown on a 47-yard run in the fourth quarter and finished with 69 yards on six carries.
Broadous completed eight of 14 passes for 145 yards and matched his career high with his three scoring passes. Broadous also threw three touchdowns against Weber State five weeks ago.
Stanford caught three passes while sophomore wide receiver Willie Tucker added two receptions.
Idaho State quarterback Kevin Yost threw a pair of touchdown passes to account for his team's only points. The senior signal caller connected with Rodrick Rumble on a three-yard scoring pass with six minutes to go in the second quarter and with Luke Austin on an 18-yard touchdown strike midway through the third period.
Yost finished 37 of 58 for 335 yards and two scores. The yardage total is the most given up by Cal Poly this season. Josh Hill caught 12 passes for 111 yards while Rumble finished with 10 for 91 yards.
Top Bengal rusher was Xavier Finney with 50 yards on 11 carries.
Idaho State accumulated 390 total yards, but was held to just 55 rushing yards. Cal Poly built a 33-25 advantage in first downs and had the ball four minutes more than the Bengals.
Defensive leaders for Cal Poly included sophomore linebacker Nick Dzubnar with nine tackles and senior linebacker Kennith Jackson with seven stops and a pair of interceptions, both in the first quarter to set up quick Mustang scoring drives. Jackson now has six career thefts as a Mustang.
His first interception on the third play of the game set up Broadous' 48-yard strike to Tucker 44 seconds into the game while Jackson's second theft with 12:30 to go in the initial period set up a nine-yard run by Williams and a quick 14-0 Mustang lead.
Stanford caught a 31-yard scoring pass from Broadous and Williams ran three and 44 yards as Cal Poly raced to its 35-0 lead just five minutes into the second quarter.
Broadous hit Michalkiewicz with a 13-yard touchdown pass shortly before halftime for a 42-7 Mustang cushion at the break.
Cal Poly scores in the second half included a six-yard run by Umoh, a 15-yard interception return by junior safety Alex Hubbard – his first theft as a Mustang – a 47-yard run by Meszaros and an eight-yard run by Solomon.
Hubbard and sophomore linebacker Cameron Ontko each added seven tackles for Cal Poly. Hubbard and junior defensive lineman Nick Leyden earned sacks for the Mustangs.
Junior linebacker Trevor Spence notched 20 tackles for Idaho State, including one sack, while Taison Manu added 12 tackles and Jake Pele 11.
Cal Poly's 10 touchdowns tied a school record while its 10 PAT kicks broke the mark of nine previously accomplished five times. Placekicker Bobby Zalud tied the mark for PAT kicks made in one game with nine, also done five times before.
Cal Poly intercepted three passes in a game for the second time this season and for the fifth time in the last two years.
At 5-0, Cal Poly finished unbeaten at home for the first time since the 2005 squad went 6-0.
On Senior Day, in addition to Williams, Broadous, Jackson, Michalkiewicz and Solomon, eight other Mustang seniors were honored in a ceremony prior to their last home game. They were Doug Shumway, Nico Molino, Logan Budd, Ryan Taylor, Bismark Navarro, Karl Winkelman, Geoff Hyde and Josh Swaney.
The Mustangs wrap up the regular season next Saturday at Northern Arizona with at least a share of the Big Sky title on the line. Kickoff in Flagstaff, Ariz., is set for 3:05 p.m. PST.