CALDWELL, Idaho — For 21 seconds, everything seemed so right for the Montana Tech football team.
Then Kyle Mitchell spoiled the day for the Orediggers.
The College of Idaho senior booted a Frontier Conference record 58-yard field goal as time expired, and the No. 8 Coyotes edged No. 19 Montana Tech 16-14 at a Simplot Stadium. (Stats)
The victory extends the Coyotes’ winning streak to 12 games dating back to last season. It brings them to 6-0 on the season.
Montana Tech falls to 4-2 with the heartbreaking loss.
Mitchell’s gut punch spoiled what looked like a big-time win for the Orediggers.
Sophomore quarterback Jet Campbell scrambled and dove for the pylon for a 3-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 13. Cody Gagnon’s extra point gave the Orediggers a 14-13 lead.
College of Idaho senior quarterback Darius-James Peterson led the Coyotes on quick drive from their own 21 to the 41. After a 5-yard pass to Hunter Juarez, the Coyotes sent Mitchell in to win it.
The field goal was the third of the game for Mitchell. He hit a 45-yard kick moments earlier to extend the COI lead to 13-7.
The Orediggers struck first when Blake Counts punched in a touchdown in the second quarter for a 7-0 lead.
A field goal by Mitchell and a TD strike from Peterson to Connor Richardson, however, sent the Coyotes into the locker room with a 10-7 advantage.
That is where the game stayed until the fourth quarter dramatics.
Peterson completed 16 of 30 passes for 203 yards. He also ran for 31 yards. Nick Calzaretta chalked up 110 yards on 27 carries.
Counts ran for 91 yards on 19 carries. Campbell passed for 98 and ran for 48 more. He hit Kylie Caprara four times for 61 yards. That includes a strike to set up what was almost the game-winning touchdown.
Trevor Hoffman caught four passes for 30 yards.
Senior linebacker Carter Myers had a big game to lead the Oredigger defense.
Myers’ day included 12 total tackles, seven of which were solo, and an interception. Paul Sundquist, who missed the first part of the season with an injury, joined Jacob Clark with nine tackles, while Tucker Rauthe, Jesse Sims and Arthur Flynn each registered seven tackles.
The Orediggers are back at home next Saturday to take on Eastern Oregon. The Coyotes head to Southern Oregon.