Published Wednesday, September 19, 2012 AT 12:10 PM / Updated at 12:10 PM
Bengals will wing it all around
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Mike Kramer doesn’t mince many words – the Idaho State coach believes in throwing the football.

“We’re putting up some video game numbers in our offense, simply because that’s the way we want to play,” Kramer said Wednesday on the Big Sky teleconference.

The Bengals already have thrown 121 passes through two games and are averaging 443.5 yards through the air. The fact that his team has rushed for just 195 (and 3.3 per carry) doesn’t bother Kramer as Idaho State prepares to visit Nebraska on Saturday.

“We love the geometry of the sport in that we can throw the ball in all the alleys, the angles, all the hidden areas,” he said. “We try to utilize every square inch of the field to spread the defense out as far as possible, and find some running space in between all those defenders.”

Kramer started this system – “this mode of attack” – at Montana State in 2004. One of his former quarterbacks (Travis Lulay) is now in the Canadian Football League.

“We select to go fast with our passing game and we like to use screens as our running game,” he said. “So the fact that our running game doesn’t necessarily produce a 1,000-yard rusher is of no regard to us.”

Kramer said that Idaho State, a member of the Football Championship Subdivision level, passed up some other Football Bowl Subdivision offers to get this one-time shot at Nebraska.


“I’m a big guy, fellas,” Kramer said. “You put ice cream in front of me, I’m gonna eat it.

“When Nebraska comes on the table, you want to be a part of something like that, just for the experience of it.”

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