ISU football: Flanagan, Madison emerge as go-to playmakers in Bengals’ offense

POCATELLO — Rob Phenicie sees James Madison and Ty Flanagan as interchangeable.

The two running backs are chess pieces for Idaho State’s head coach to shift in and out of the lineup as featured backs in a dynamic Bengals offense. Madison and Flanagan have split time in the backfield this season, dishing out body blows to opposing defenses.

The two pillars of consistency continued their breakout campaigns Saturday at Holt Arena in Idaho State’s 59-30 win against Portland State. Madison carried the ball 23 times for 160 yards and one touchdown, while Flanagan rushed 21 times for 108 yards and four touchdowns, tying a school record for most rushing touchdowns in a game.

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Saturday was also the first time the Bengals had two running backs rush for more than 100 yards in a game since the Bengals’ 66-14

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