CALDWELL, Idaho — Jimmy Henderson started it.
Henderson’s interception started a Rocky Mountain College fourth-quarter comeback that had Jacob Bakken throwing touchdown passes 47 seconds apart in a wild 42-41 Frontier Conference football win over College of Idaho on Saturday at Simplot Stadium.
The Battlin’ Bears (3-2, 2-2) trailed 41-28 going into the fourth quarter.
“We didn’t get a takeaway until the fourth quarter,” said Rocky coach Jason Petrino. “Once we got that interception, the momentum started going our way.”
Bakken first found Lucas Overton for a 46-yard scoring pass in the final period. After Isaiah Schlegel recovered an onside kick, Bakken threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Max Gray to tie the score with 4:48 remaining.
“It’s something we worked on,” Petrino said of the onside kick. “We didn’t do it that well in practice but it worked when we needed it.”
Dillon Johnson made the extra-point to give the Battlin' Bears the win.
Bakken finished with 431 yards and five touchdown passes, both career-highs. He was 21 of 39 passing with two interceptions.
He had two scoring passes to Gray (45, 7 yards) and two to tight end Darneail Jenkins (8, 42). Sam Sparks also had 14-yard touchdown run.
“We saw a few things after the Western loss and told Jacob, ‘Trust your players. Give them some chances.’ ” said Petrino.
Gray, who only had one practice during the week because of a death in the family, finished with seven catches for 165 yards, while Jenkins had five catches for 129 yards. Overton added six receptions for 89 yards. The receiving yards for Gray and Jenkins are both career highs.
The Battlin’ Bears trailed 14-7 after the first quarter and 20-14 at halftime.
“We were moving the football but then would stall,” Petrino said.
Yotes’ quarterback Darius Peterson accounted for six touchdowns. He rushed for 179 yards and four touchdowns and also threw for 233 yards and two scoring passes to Connor Richardson.
“Their quarterback is phenomenal,” said Petrino.
College of Idaho (0-5, 0-4) drove to Rocky’s 35-yard line late in the fourth quarter before being stopped on downs. Linebacker Dallas Mack tackled the Yotes’ receiver short of the first down marker.
Petrino said there was some confusion prior to the play. “One down marker said third down and another said fourth down,” he said. “I asked the official and he said it was fourth down.
“I was like, ‘Oh, our ball.’ ”
Rocky tried to run out the clock but was forced to punt. But the Yotes were whistled for roughing the kicker and the Battlin’ Bears got the ball back and closed out the game.
“I’m just happy for our players,” said Petrino.
The Frontier Conference football teams are on a bye next week.