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Fresno hands UI its worst home loss ever

There have been plenty of lopsided Idaho losses on the road. But never one of this magnitude at home. Fresno State rolled to a 61-14 win on Saturday in front of a sparse crowd at the Kibbie Dome (generously listed at 14,747). It was the worst home loss, by margin of victory, in the Vandals' 119-year history.

You read my our game story here. We've got video of Paul Petrino's post-game news conference and more after the jump.

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The biggest drama on Saturday afternoon came after Tim DeRuyter's halftime radio interview. He was irate about Petrino apparently direcing his players to hit QB Derek Carr late. DeRuyter said his team was “gonna score 100” in response.

“He’s yelling on the sideline to hit our QB late,” DeRuyter said, according to ESPN 940 in Fresno. “He’s going to get what he deserves.”

Petrino, who clashed with Washington State coach Mike Leach during their postgame handshake two weeks ago, laughed off the incident after the game.

“I tried to recruit that kid in high school,” he said of Carr. “I love that kid. I told him that before the game. I think (DeRuyter) might have heard at sometime somebody on the sideline say, ‘Hit the quarterback.’ But I don’t think we ever touched him. He surely wasn’t targeted.”

After the game, DeRuyter had calmed down but still said, "There were some words from their sideline toward our quarterback, and we didn't appreciate it, but it's over now. Someone on their staff was yelling -- you'll have to ask them what was said."

Later, when asked what he and Petrino spoke about after the game, DeRuyter replied, "He said, 'Good game.' I wish him well. ... We're fine. His kids played hard, our kids played hard and I think we had some good matchups against them."

Notes:

  • The Vandals lost Josh McCain to a shoulder injury late in the game, after he had relieved Chad Chalich. Asked about the injury, Petrino said, "I hate to speak on anything like that, but I don’t think it’s real good."
  • Idaho was without starting defensive end Quinton Bradley (shoulder) for the third straight game. Petrino had been hopeful he could play this week. Guard Dallas Sandberg also didn't suit up.
  • Idaho true freshman defensive end Zach Cable played in the first half. He's the son of former Idaho coach and current Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable. The Vandals have played at least 10 true freshman this season: Cable, Jordan Grabski, Tueni Luepamanu, Jacob Sannon, Trent Cowan, Desmond Banks, Austin Rehkow, Rueben Mwehla, Steven Matlock and Richard Montgomery.
     



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