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A fumble on their first possession. Missed tackles all over the field. Dropped passes. Two personal fouls early in the game. That's a sample of the self-inflicted wounds from the Vandals in a 37-21 loss to Texas State on Saturday. But even with all the mistakes, the Vandals were competitive with the Bobcats — until things started to go haywire in the second half.
We've got our recap below.
Consecutive trips to the South, sandwiched around a bye, are behind the Idaho football team. Now it gets to back-to-back games in the Kibbie Dome to wrap up its home season, starting this afternoon with Texas State at 2.
It's Dad's Weekend in Moscow, and we've got our usual gameday preview after the jump.
The Idaho football team had its first full practice in preparation for Texas State, and we've got notes to share with you after the jump. The Vandals (1-7) host the Bobcats (5-3) on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Kibbie Dome. Texas State, a Sun Belt team that easily handled Idaho last year in San Marcos, is a 10-point favorite.
Idaho is preparing to host Texas State on Saturday afternoon, and it's building its game plan around senior Taylor Davis at quarterback, Vandals coach Paul Petrino said Monday. Davis, the Vandals' third-string QB to open the year, started for the first time last week in a 59-14 loss at Ole Miss after Chad Chalich and Josh McCain were sidelined with shoulder injuries. Petrino said there's been no change to Chalich or McCain's status. McCain has missed the last two games, while Chalich — who started the first six games — was hurt on the second series of Idaho's Oct. 12 loss at Arkansas State.
There were promising moments here and there Saturday night for the Idaho football team, which briefly made its game at Ole Miss interesting in the second quarter before bowing out, 59-14. The Vandals fell to 1-7 and lost their 27th consecutive game to traditional BCS schools, a streak that stretches back to 2000.
Down 17-7 midway through the second quarter, Idaho drove to the Rebels' 8-yard line with third-string quarterback Taylor Davis under center and had a 27-yard field goal attempt to draw within a touchdown. But Austin Rehkow's kick bounced off the right upright and Ole Miss rattled off 21 unanswered points to pull away.
Davis was 12-of-30 passing for 166 yards in his first start this season. He completed just 36 percent of his passes two weeks ago after replacing Chad Chalich (shoulder) against Arkansas State.
After a bye week, the Vandals are back in the South. They played at Arkansas State two weeks ago, and now they're taking on a significantly better team from a significantly better conference.
Read on for our Idaho-Ole Miss preview.
When the Idaho Vandals meet Ole Miss on Saturday (4:30 p.m. PDT, ESPN3), it will be their second trip to face an SEC team in the last two seasons — and their 30th game against a traditional BCS conference team since 2000. They've won just one of those matchups (vs. Washington State in 2000). And since beating the Cougars 38-34 at Martin Stadium in Tom Cable's first year, Idaho has dropped 26 straight games against BCS teams. That equates to a 1-28 record over the last 14 seasons.
We've got a season-by-season look at UI's games against major conference competition since 2000 after the jump.
Update: As several readers have mentioned, Temple, a team Idaho beat earlier this year, is now a BCS AQ team. But this analysis still stands for traditional BCS conference teams.
Idaho quarterbacks Chad Chalich and Josh McCain were observers at practice on Wednesday, both out with shoulder injuries and watching from the sideline in shorts and their jerseys. In their absence, Taylor Davis took the first-team reps, with true freshman Matt Linehan behind him. And if those two healthy QBs were to go down, the Vandals would apparently be out of options for a full-time QB who could run the offense. Coach Paul Petrino said UI doesn't have a third-string QB on its depth chart as it prepares to play at Mississippi on Saturday (4:30 p.m. PDT, ESPN3).
We have more Idaho practice notes after the jump, and short Q&As with Petrino and defensive coordinator Ronnie Lee.
Idaho has replaced one Mountain West team for another in its 2014 football schedule, moving its return trip to Fresno State to 2018 and picking up a game at San Diego State, athletic director Rob Spear confirmed this morning. “San Diego State needed a home game and Fresno was willing to move, so we made the change,” Spear said in an e-mail.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday that Idaho will play at San Diego State on Nov. 8, 2014. The Vandals hosted Fresno State this season in the first part of a home-and-home series.
Idaho, which will rejoin the Sun Belt next year after one year of being an FBS independent, is slated to open 2014 at Florida. Other announced games include a home game with Western Michigan and a trip to Ohio.
After bye week full of practices that Idaho football coach Paul Petrino equated to a “little three-day spring ball,” the Vandals are back to the regular routine and preparing for SEC foe Mississippi. And it appears senior Taylor Davis, who was third on the depth two weeks ago, will get his first start of the season.
Read on for more on that, and for a few other notes.
The Idaho football team showed some second-half spunk, but a major special teams gaffe helped Arkansas State race past the Vandals 48-24 at Liberty Bank Stadium in Jonesboro, Ark.
The Vandals lost starting quarterback Chad Chalich in the first quarter to an apparent shoulder injury. Taylor Davis, who started the year as the third-string quarterback, played the rest of the game with Josh McCain (shoulder) also out. Coach Paul Petrino would not comment on Chalich's injury after the game.
Read on for a summary of the game. Idaho enters a bye week at 1-6.
The Vandals play outside the Palouse for the first time in more than a month this afternoon. And this trip to Jonesboro, Ark., to play Arkansas State, will be one they'll get used to when they rejoin the Sun Belt next year.
We have a preview of the game below.
We've got a first look at the Idaho basketball team for tomorrow's paper, and you can get an even earlier look at our story after the jump — plus news about an addition to Don Verlin's coaching staff.
Two days after his team absorbed the worst home loss in Idaho history, Vandals coach Paul Petrino reiterated his main postgame message on Saturday: “Just too many mistakes.”
But Petrino also made it clear that the Vandals have moved on from a 61-14 defeat to No. 23 Fresno State at the Kibbie Dome. He pointed to the team’s spirited scrimmage for underclassmen on Sunday night. “You walk off the field real excited about the future,” he said.
We’ve got more from Petrino, a note on Austin Rekhow and updates on the health of Josh McCain and Quinton Bradley.
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.
Over the past few seasons, and even the last decade, home games for Idaho against ranked teams have been rare occurrences. This afternoon, Vandal fans will get to see 23rd-ranked Fresno State in action — and, something that's more common, they'll watch the UI defense go against another elite quarterback.
We have our game preview below.
Idaho offensive line coach Jon Carvin was asked after Tuesday's practice if he was “a little bit scared” to start true freshman Steven Matlock at guard last week. Carvin talked about Matlock's impressive practices. He talked about his toughness and learning the offense. He talked about all the extra work he's put in. Then he finished his answer with this: “Nervous? Nah. It was great.”
Pretty much everything about last week was great for the Vandals' revamped O-line in a 26-24 win over Temple, especially compared to UI's ragged play up front the first four weeks of the season.
We were at Idaho's first open practice since its first win of the season, and we've got lots more on the team's offensive line.
Idaho quarterback Chad Chalich, a redshirt freshman from Coeur d'Alene, was named independent offensive player of the week by College Sports Madness after collecting 424 total yards in a 26-24 win over Temple on Saturday.
The Vandals (1-4) are one of seven independent teams in FBS, joining Notre Dame, BYU, New Mexico State, Army, Navy and Old Dominion.
Chalich is believed to be the first UI quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards and run for at least 100 yards. He was 26 of 43 for 310 yards through the air and he ran for 114 yards on 14 carries, including a clutch 10-yard run late in the fourth quarter on third-and-10. He also scooted around the left corner on an option keeper for 52 yards earlier in the game.
The last time an Idaho quarterback rushed for 100 or more yards was Doug Nussmeier, who ran for 107 in a 49-16 victory over Boise State on Nov. 20, 1993. He threw for 198 yards in that game. On Oct. 20, 1984, Scott Linehan rushed for 104 yards and threw for 248 in a 32-25 loss to Eastern Washington.
“It’s a great experience,” Chalich said after the game. “It’s a great win for me and especially for this team.”
Idaho hosts 23rd-ranked Fresno State on Saturday at 2 p.m. before embarking on a two-game road trip. The Bulldogs (4-0) have opened as a 241/2-point favorite.
The last Idaho quarterback to rush for at least 100 yards was Doug Nussmeier in 1993. The last Idaho QB to rush for 100-plus yards and pass for 200-plus yards was Scott Linehan in 1984. And the last Idaho QB to eclipse 100 yards rushing and 300 yards passing in the same game? Apparently, that hadn't happened until today in the Kibbie Dome.
Chad Chalich (pictured with his helmet twisted on a run) was masterful with his arm and his legs in guiding the freshmen-laden Vandals to a 26-24 homecoming win over Temple — their first victory since beating New Mexico State last October. The redshirt freshman QB threw for 310 yards on 26-of-43 passing and rambled for a game-high 114 yards on the ground.
We've got notes and the transcript from Paul Petrino's news conference after his first career win, as well as quotes from Spokane product Austin Rehkow — who booted four field goals, including a clutch 25-yarder late in the fourth quarter.
For the first time, the Idaho and Temple football teams will meet today. Both teams are looking for their first breakthrough of the season, and it's homecoming in Moscow.
We've got our usual preview in capsule form below.