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The Boise State Broncos roared to a 28-0 lead before the first quarter was over before taking a 38-0 lead at halftime over Idaho at a sold-out Kibbie Dome. BSU scored on a 76-yard punt return just 41 seconds into the game, then added another touchdown after Nathan Enderle’s first of two interceptions.
The Broncos feasted on UI mistakes throughout the first half. Idaho had a punt blocked and a third-down stop wiped out by an Aaron Lavarias face mask on a sack of Kellen Moore. BSU went on to score a quick touchdown before the half to pad their lead.
The streets and hotels are just a tad bit busier than normal in Moscow with Vandal and Bronco fans streaming into the Palouse for tonight’s Idaho-Boise State clash. Gametime is 6 p.m. on ESPN2 and, we should mention, ESPN 3D.
Read on for links and more.
Idaho athletic director Rob Spear was quoted in the Lewiston Tribune today as saying expansion of the WAC could be immiment. “I would actually keep your eyes and ears open this week,” Spear said. Sure enough, a San Antonio newspaper is reporting that the University of Texas-San Antonio might announce its arrival into the WAC as early as Thursday. UTSA is currently a member of the Southland Conference in the FCS.
UPDATE: UTSA, Texas State and Denver will join the WAC in 2012-13, according to ESPN.com. An announcement is expected Thursday.
On a separate note, the Idaho men’s basketball team is expected to have a few early signees, but the paperwork won’t be complete until later today.
Our usual mid-week Vandal story has been bumped up a day because the Boise State game is Friday night, not Saturday. Check out it below.
Also, Deonte Jackson got quite a bit of attention today for calling BSU President Bob Kustra “a blue and orange snot.” I talked to him just before he made those comments to out-of-town reporters, and here’s what he said about the suspension of the series with Boise: “It’s going to be a big letdown because this rivalry, it means the world. Whether you bleed the black and gold or you’re sneezing out the blue and orange, when you just think about this, you get chills. I’m getting chills down my spine just thinking about what I’m able to do come Friday night.”
Somehow the week leading up to the Idaho-Boise State game is always interesting, if only for the conversation on both sides. Friday night’s game happens to mark the last time the rivals will play for at least two years, and we’ve got a story about Robb Akey and Chris Petersen’s reaction to the postponement of the series below.
Robb Akey has always been expressive — it doesn’t matter if the Vandals win or lose. But this evening, in a small room full of reporters, the coach was even more energetic and candid than usual after the most lopsided loss of the year. You can read some of his comments in my game story here. And check below for much more.
Nevada controlled the first half, rolling up 421 yards to go up 28-3 over Idaho at the Kibbie Dome. Colin Kaepernick, UNR’s dynamic senior QB, was 17 of 24 for 275 passing yards and four touchdowns in the first half. Nevada drove 94 yards in the last 46 seconds of the second quarter to score its final TD. It also missed two field goals.
Idaho, playing without tight end Daniel Hardy and safety Gary Walker, mustered just 96 yards in the first half (most on one drive that resulted in its field goal). Nate Enderle was 7 of 20 for 80 yards.
Join us on our live chat here.
We’ve made our way to the press box in the Kibbie Dome and we’re ready to launch our first attempt at and online chat. We’ll be discussing the Idaho-Nevada game — kickoff is at 2 p.m. and we’ll be providing updates and commentary throughout. You can also follow along on Twitter.
Last year in Reno wasn’t pretty. Not from a defensive perspective, and not for the Vandals. Idaho and Nevada rolled up a combined 1,156 yards, 48 first downs and 115 points (70 for the Wolf Pack). It was quite a spectacle, but will it be repeated this afternoon at the Kibbie Dome?
Read below for more on Idaho’s battle with No. 25 Nevada. And also be sure to check out our interactive online chat during the game (see the reminder below). For more updates, check for updates from my Twitter account: @SR_JoshWright.
The Vandals host No. 25 Nevada tomorrow at 2 p.m., and for the first time we’ll be hosting an interactive online chat during the game. If you can’t make it to the Kibbie Dome, it will hopefully be a great way to keep tabs with what’s happening.
For today’s paper, we had a piece on promising young Idaho tight end Taylor Elmo. He’s becoming a bigger part of an Idaho offense that’s been hard to figure this season.
We’ve got more below from quarterback Nate Enderle and offensive coordinator Steve Axman.
We’ve got lots to share from Idaho coach Robb Akey about last week, this week vs. Nevada, penalties and the Vandals’ postseason hopes (“I’m still telling you this is going to be a bowl team this year,” he said today). But the biggest news is that the UI-Boise State rivalry will be suspended at least two years after the Broncos filled up their 2011 schedule with Fresno State and Nevada. Their 2012 schedule was previously booked, meaning the series — if it does start up again — won’t be renewed until 2013 at the earliest.
Click below for more on the Vandals.
If you’re an Idaho fan who missed the Vandals’ late-night matchup at Hawaii, well, you didn’t miss many positive developments. Read on for our story.
If only the Vandals could restart the second quarter. Idaho played Hawaii even for all but the last few seconds of the first quarter, when UH scored to take a 10-3 lead. Then the Warriors started pouring it on. Idaho’s three first-half turnovers led to 21 points for Hawaii, which leads 31-3 at halftime.
Nathan Enderle threw two interceptions to set up UH touchdowns, then Daniel Hardy lost the ball in the flat after a short reception. Hawaii recovered and raced 50-plus yards for a score.
You can follow my in-game updates on Twitter here.
Last year, Idaho played one of its most complete games in silencing Hawaii. But that was in Moscow — far away from Honolulu and the Warriors’ Aloha Stadium. UH is always much tougher at home, and it’s playing much better now than at this point in 2009.
The Vandals and Warriors will square off at 8:30 Pacific. We’ve got more below.
Texas State and Texas-San Antonio appear on the verge of becoming football members of the Western Athletic Conference, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The two Texas schools, currently in the Football Championship Subdivision, would join by 2012. Montana is also a possibility to join the league, which splintered this summer, but the Grizzlies are still conducting a feasibility study of jumping from the FCS to the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Meanwhile, Nevada and Fresno State will stay with the league through the 2011-12 school year and pay a smaller exit fee, ESPN.com’s Andy Katz reported. The WAC has scheduled a press conference to discuss the issue tomorrow morning.
The league seems intent on keeping at least eight football members. ESPN and the Mercury News also reported that the University of Denver and Seattle are strong candidates to join the WAC as non-football playing members.
Idaho coach Robb Akey said this morning that linebacker JoJo Dickson, who fractured his leg and dislocated his ankle Saturday, had surgery Saturday night and is expected to be out of the hospital today. Dickson’s injury was “a lot better than I expected,” Akey said.
Read on for more from Akey — and comments from New Mexico State coach DeWayne Walker on the hit that injured Dickson.
Next week, Idaho linebacker JoJo Dickson was set for a return to Hawaii, his homestate, to play the Warriors for the final time in his career. But that trip most likely won’t happen, and Dickson definitely won’t play after he broke his left leg during a frightful sequence at the Kibbie Dome.
You can read about Dickson’s injury — and the Vandals’ 37-14 win over New Mexico State — after the link.
The Vandals continued their dominance at the Kibbie Dome by jumping all over New Mexico State in the first half to take a 31-7 lead into the break. Idaho has outscored opponents at home 106-14 in 21/2 games.
Idaho quarterback Nate Enderle was 20 of 32 for 256 yards and three TDs. The senior benefited from a handful of splendid catches, two by Maurice Shaw. Shaw, back after a one-game asuspension, had 5 receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown.
The Aggies had 11 first-half penalties, two on one drive that negated a would-be touchdown and first down.
For some time now, it’s felt like college football season was over in Moscow. The Vandals have been in some other part of the country or on a bye since Sept. 18. But now they’re back — and fittingly it’s homecoming weekend.
We’ve got more about Idaho’s conference tilt with New Mexico State, set for 2 p.m. in the Kibbie Dome, after the link.