Idaho football coach Robb Akey met with the media twice this morning, and he was clearly frustrated. “We were supposed to win that ballgame,” he said, referring to the Vandals’ 36-34 loss to Colorado State on a last-second field goal.
Read on for notes and comments from Akey’s media sessions.
Akey’s harshest criticism was directed toward the UI defense, which had played much better through three weeks but reverted to 2009 form. “I couldn’t be more disappointed in the performance of our defense,” Akey said.
The Vandals gave up 386 passing yards to true freshman Pete Thomas, largely, Akey said, because of “soft” coverage by the secondary, poor tackling and a pass rush that disappeared after being effective early in the game.
Regarding Thomas, Akey said, “He didn’t play like a true freshman on Saturday.”
Akey said running back/slot receiver Kama Bailey’s injury is not as bad as it appeared on Saturday, when he lay on the field for several moments. Bailey injured his shoulder, Akey said, and might be available for Saturday.
One other player who Akey declined to identify has a hamstring injury.
At 2-2, the Vandals face an almost must-win this week at Western Michigan (1-2). Akey said Saturday’s loss hurt, but there are still nine game remaining to get the five wins the Vandals need to become bowl eligible.
More immediately, though, Akey hopes the loss to CSU will spark the Vandals.
“No, I’m not happy about not winning this ballgame,” Akey said. “So hopefully all of us not being happy about with help it from happening again when we’re in a situation where we need to win a ballgame.”
Last year Akey said he called bowl representatives to let them know about the up-and-coming Vandals. That’s changed this year. A rep from a bowl tied to the WAC called him after the UNLV game and another bowl rep was at the CSU game, he said.