The Montana Western football team turned a pair of first-quarter interceptions into touchdowns and never trailed in beating last-place College of Idaho, 30-20, on Saturday in Dillon.
After settling for a Seth Mason field goal on their first drive, the 25th-ranked Bulldogs (4-3, 3-3 Frontier) got a pick from Dillon native Jason Ferris on the Yotes' (2-5, 1-5) first play from scrimmage. Ferris returned the takeaway to the COI 4-yard line, setting up a short Sam Rutherford scoring run.
The Yotes' ensuing drive ended with a Skylar Roope pick, and a 59-yard hookup between J.D. Ferris and Matt Fuhrman set up a Hunter Thomson TD run to make it 17-0 in the hosts' favor.
COI cut their deficit to 23-14 midway through the third quarter on a 1-yard Tyler Cox scoring plunge, but the Bulldogs pulled away for good when Ferris ran in his own TD from 14 yards out.
Thomson led Western with 85 yards rushing on 19 carries. Ferris finished 15 of 27 for 223 yards. Fuhrman was his top target, hauling in eight passes for 146 yards.
Banged-up Western all-conference running back Sam Rutherford was held to 37 yards on 11 carries in the win.
The Yotes' Cox was 17 of 35 passing for 189 yards. All-American tight end Marcus Lenhardt caught eight passes for 139 of those yards. Zach Garzoli led COI with 42 yards on just two carries.
Western next travels to Eastern Oregon on Saturday, with a 1 p.m. kickoff time. They will wrap up their home schedule by hosting Carroll College the following week.