Mis­sion Prep a step from his­tory af­ter semi­fi­nals win

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Se­nior full­back Joe Protheroe rushed for a ca­reer-high 260 yards, set a Cal Poly record for yards rush­ing in a sin­gle sea­son and scored a touch­down as the Mus­tangs up­set No. 24 Idaho State 37-14 in a Big Sky Con­fer­ence foot­ball game Satur­day af­ter­noon in Alex G. Spanos Sta­dium.

Se­nior line­backer An­ders Turner scooped up an Idaho State fum­ble and ran 40 yards for a touch­down, and cor­ner­back Do­minic Frasch, also a se­nior, forced a fum­ble, in­ter­cepted a pass, broke up four other Ben­gal passes and recorded seven tack­les as Cal Poly im­proved to 4-6 for the sea­son and 3-4 in Big Sky games.

Idaho State, av­er­ag­ing 524 yards in to­tal of­fense per game en­ter­ing Satur­day’s con­test, was held to 367 yards in fall­ing to 6-4 and 5-2.

Protheroe sur­passed the sin­gle-sea­son mark of 1,578 yards set by James No­ble in 2005 and now has 1,627 yards with one more game to play. He also is within reach of the ca­reer mark of 4,205 yards set by Craig Young from 1996-99. Protheroe has 4,088 yards and needs 118 to break the mark.

Protheroe has sur­passed the 100-yard mark in eight con­sec­u­tive games this sea­son and has sur­passed the 200-yard mark four times this year and five for his ca­reer, in­clud­ing three straight games. He has 22 ca­reer 100-yard games, an­other school record.

Protheroe, who car­ried the ball 41 times, two shy of his ca­reer high, scored on a one-yard run late in the sec­ond quar­ter, giv­ing Cal Poly the lead for good at 13-7. The Mus­tangs added three touch­downs and a field goal in the sec­ond half to win go­ing away.

Ju­nior wide re­ceiver J.J. Koski scored twice for the Mus­tangs, catch­ing a 36-yard pass from Khaleel Jenk­ins early in the third quar­ter and run­ning 28 yards on a re­verse with 4:31 to play to clinch the vic­tory for Cal Poly.

Turner’s fum­ble re­cov­ery and run for a touch­down was Cal Poly’s first since Kenny Jack­son scam­pered 32 yards for a score against Dixie State in 2009.

Se­nior Alex Vega kicked a ca­reer-high three field goals span­ning 31, 23 and 29 yards for the Mus­tangs. Vega is 10 of 11 in field goals this year.

Idaho State’s only scores were an 11-yard pass from Tan­ner Gueller ro Michael Dean in the sec­ond quar­ter and a 28-yard run by Ty Flana­gan mid­way through the third pe­riod.

Cal Poly wraps up its 2018 sea­son next Satur­day on Se­nior Day, host­ing South­ern Utah at 4:05 p.m. in­side Alex G. Spanos Sta­dium. The Thun­der­birds are 1-9 over­all and 1-6 in the Big Sky af­ter a 31-18 loss to Weber State on Satur­day.

PROTHEROE NEEDS 118 YARDS TO BREAK CAL POLY’S CA­REER RUSH­ING RECORD OF 4,205, SET BY CRAIG YOUNG FROM 1996-99

JOE JOHN­STON jjohn­ston@thetri­bune­news.com

Cal Poly full­back Joe Protheroe ran for a ca­reer-high 260 yards and broke the school’s sea­son rush­ing record Satur­day in the Mus­tangs’ 37-14 up­set of No. 24 Idaho State.

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