CALDWELL, Idaho — On Saturday afternoon, the No. 5 College of Idaho played the Ottawa University Spirit in the Yotes' first-ever home playoff game, just a few years after reviving the football program back from the dead.
The Yotes (10-0, 5-0) won their first playoff game since 1953 70-23 in an offensive showcase. At halftime, the Yotes led the Spirit 42-23. In the second quarter alone, the Yotes scored 28 points.
In the third quarter, the Yotes' lone score was from a one-yard rushing touchdown from running back Justin Hellyer, which put the Yotes up 49-23 going into the fourth quarter.
Even with a comfortable lead, the Yotes' refused to slow down their offensive attack. They went on to score another 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win 70-23.
Senior quarterback Darius-James Peterson finished the game 14 of 23 for 188 yards and four passing touchdowns.
The Yotes' rushing leader was Peterson, who ran for 138 on 12 attempts. Nick Calzaretta finished with 108 yards on 21 attempts and two touchdowns. Hellyer ended the game with 62 rushing yards on ten attempts and two touchdowns.
The College of Idaho will be moving onto the quarterfinals of the NAIA FCS playoffs and will travel to Des Moines, IA to take on No. 4 Grandview.
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