ISU football returns to Holt Arena on Saturday as Vander Waal is sidelined for 4-6 weeks

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) — A new era at Holt Arena begins Saturday when the Idaho State Bengals begin their home schedule against the Central Arkansas Bears, but ISU will take the new ground without its starting quarterback.

Idaho State quarterback Tyler Vander Waal broke his collarbone in Saturday’s loss to San Diego State, according to head coach Charlie Ragle, and he is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks. Vander Waal was injured in the 1st quarter of that loss, and it’s the same injury he suffered in the 2021 campaign.

Ragle said it was a blow to Vander Waal and the Bengals.

“The kid’s been through a lot,” Ragle said. “And you hurt for a guy like that who worked to recover under a new coaching staff.”

But the Bengals are advancing to the home opener, and Ragle said he wanted to see a blackout and a big crowd on Saturday.

“We’re going to wear all black,” Ragle said. “We want it to be a hostile jungle environment for the opponent to play in and we want to make Holt one of the worst places to play in the FCS. We need southeast Idaho, we have need Pocatello, we need everyone to come out and support these young men because I think they’ve deserved it, and I think they’re going to continue to deserve it on Saturday.”

Kick off for the home opener at Holt Arena on Saturday is scheduled for 13:00 MT.

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