Brian Reader threw for over 300 yards. DeMaundray Woolridge gobbled up 145 yards on the ground. Daniel Hardy had 119 yards receiving. Idaho had to fare pretty well vs. Boise State with all those things happening, right? Uh, no — not with most of the positive plays wiped out by seven turnovers in a humbling 63-25 loss.
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This has to be one of the most deceiving boxscores I can remember. Idaho outgained BSU 514-458, had three more first downs, rushed for 209 yards and converted 6 of 13 third downs. But this game was completely one-sided for some very obvious reasons. The Broncos feasted on great field position, ended the first half with a 100-yard kickoff return by Titus Young and scored on a 71-yard pick-six by Kyle Wilson.
Pretty much every nightmare scenario for UI unfolded on the blue turf. Reader had six turnovers all by himself (five interceptions and a fumble 63 seconds into the game) and Young’s kickoff return — which started about 8 yards into the end zone with 27 seconds left in the second quarter — halted UI’s momentum after cutting the lead to 35-17.
“I didn’t expect to get blown out like this,” Idaho coach Robb Akey said. “I knew that they were a good football team — but I didn’t expect for this to happen.”
The Vandals enter their bye week and will finish the regular season Nov. 28 by hosting Utah State. Akey indicated quarterback Nathan Enderle, who missed his second consecutive game, could be back vs. the Aggies.